The Philippines is known for its paradise white sand beaches, and gravity-defying coconut palm trees leaning towards the ocean. Can you find this type of white beach in Moalboal?
Yes you can, it’s called Basdaku Beach but is known locally as “White Beach”. Catchy name right?
During your stay in Moalboal, White Beach is a great day trip, as it’s no more than a 15 minute ride from anywhere within the municipality.
In a series of articles showing day trips from Moalboal, if topping up your tan on a white sand beach in the Philippines is on your bucket list, Moalboal Eco Lodge share all you need to know about Basdaku White Beach.
Entrance Fee: P5 or P10 per person
Parking Fee: P10 for scooter, P40 for cars
Toilets on site: Only in the beach resorts
Food/Drinks for sale: Yes there are a few local stalls, and a few beach resorts
The Philippines has a plethora of paradise white sand beaches, so you won’t be surprised to know there is one in Moalboal.
Basdaku Beach in Saavedra is known locally as White Beach, due to its kilometre-long stretch of white sand which leads into crystal clear turquoise waters. It’s a perfect place to come for a day trip.
Dotted along the beachfront are a few beach resorts, so some areas of White Beach are for private use only. If you have lunch at one of these resorts, you will be able to use their facilities, which includes their section of private beach.
There is also a public section for everyone to use, where you will find a few refreshment stalls.
Wherever you choose to spend your day on White Beach, bring your mask and snorkel, reef safe sun screen and you can stay until after the sun has set.
Speaking of sunset, the Philippines is famous for its colourful skies, and White Beach is one of my favourite places for a sundowner. It’s a wonderful place to watch the sky turn from yellow to orange, and there is somewhere along this stretch of White Beach to suit everyone's taste.
Towards the north you will find a few beach resorts where you can grab a cocktail and dinner. I have provided a few suggestions in a section below entitled "Where to eat on White Beach".
The south end is the public section which has a few beach tables, small stalls selling crisp, cold San Miguel beer, and is the best place for people watching.
Across the Tanon Strait you will see the island of Negros, and it is along this stretch of water you might be lucky to see dolphins playfully jumping out of the water. On a cloudy evening when watching sunset, we saw a pod of around 50 dolphins, and were able to watch them for about 10 minutes.
There are very few shady areas along White Beach, so if you prefer to stay out of the sun, bring a large umbrella, or beach tent. An alternative is to head towards Club Serena, buy lunch and drinks here, and you can use the resort’s cabana on their private section of beach. One day we took our hammocks to the beach, and hung them up inside the cabana, it definitely added more of a relaxing feel to our trip.
A minute's walk north from Club Serena, is a lovely tree with a tyre swing. This section of beach is perfect for capturing a photo for Instagram , especially if there is a small fishing boat on the sand.
If you are planning to propose to your significant other on your visit to the Philippines, speak to your accommodation who will be able to offer suggestions. Guests staying at Moalboal Eco Lodge arranged a surprise engagement at Club Serena, who were more than happy to help plan the event.
Please note that a couple of areas at the public section of White Beach have broken coral. If you are here for sunset, the sand is more of a golden colour than white.
Note: Take only photos, leave only footprints; please dispose of your trash in a designated bin or take it away with you. Be a responsible tourist, and don’t leave your litter on the beach as it will end up in the ocean.
Smokers: Never bury your cigarette but in the sand, please take your cigarette butts away with you, or dispose of them in the bin. Cigarettes are one of the main causes of ocean pollution, and are mistaken as food. They do not biodegrade and are harmful to animals. Moalboal Eco Lodge have portable ash trays for your use when visiting beaches.
Where to eat on White Beach
If you fancy a cocktail or delicious dinner when you visit White Beach, the following places are for you. I will list them in order, from the public parking area heading north. If you don’t want to hang out on the public section of White Beach, head directly to the resort of your choice where you can park for free and enjoy your day/evening.
Ravenala Resort – Serve a great fish n chips
Club Serena Resort – Our go-to place whenever we are here for a special occasion. A good range of food, their lemon chicken is my current favourite
Hale Manna – We spent Christmas Day here, it’s a lovely relaxing place
Blue Orchid Dive Resort – At the very north of the beach, this resort has a beautiful tidal rock formation known locally as 'mag payong' (umbrella stones). It makes for a different and interesting sunset.
When is the best time to visit White Beach?
You can visit White Beach any time of day and it’s enjoyable. The public end of White Beach is very crowded at the weekend, and is a place where families socialise and have fun. If you prefer your beaches quieter and less crowded, either walk further north of the beach, or choose another day.
How to get to Baskdaku White Beach
Baskadu White Beach is in Saavedra, and it’s really easy to reach. Ask your accommodation for directions to “White Beach”, or they can arrange a trike to take you there.
Tip: Download Google Offline Map for the area, and type in "White Beach" which will navigate you to your destination.
Where to stay in Moalboal
When visiting Moalboal, Moalboal Eco Lodge is the perfect place to stay. Located in the middle of a peaceful field, it’s close enough to amenities, but far away so you can have a good night’s sleep. There is plenty of space to observe physical distancing at the Eco Lodge. Please read our COVID-19 Care page for more information regarding your safety.
Nestled in amongst palm trees, bamboo and coconut trees, Moalboal Eco Lodge have Bamboo Nipa Huts suitable for solo travellers, couples and friends. We have two private rooms and a spacious 4-bed dormitory, a breakfast area, and a beautiful hammock/yoga/sunset deck. Bicycles are for hire if you wish to slow travel in the most environmentally friendly way, or you can rent a scooter. Take a look at our rooms!
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