Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ravenala Beach Resort, Bas Daku, Moalboal: Moalboal Series

We didn't intend to stay in Panagsama Beach, which really doesn't have a beach. Again, think of Anilao. I was intent in staying in Bas Daku, a nearby beach, that was just like Panagsama before a typhoon changed its landscape. Bas Daku is around 6 km away via a narrow access road into the plain fields of Moalboal. Essentially, Panagsama and Bas Daku share one coastline. Coves and rocks separate them. But the difference between the two beaches are stark.


Bas Daku has a lot of beach front resorts, having a white sandy coastline that extends for about a kilometer. It has a shifting sandbar near the resort that I consider the most well-designed in the area. Though not the most popular and high-end (that goes to Serena Beach Resort, which I will talk about in my next posts), Ravenala Beach Resort is welcoming and charming.


I am a fan of resorts that blend well with nature. Beautifully landscaped and well-kept as well, Ravenala offers accommodation in comfortable nipa hut like cottages. They have 2 fan rooms facing the beach, which I strongly recommend for those who really don't care about A/C. We stayed however, in the more expensive (P3,000 published rate) A/C room which is good enough for 3 people. The rooms don't have a TV, but who really looks for the media when they're in a place like this.


At the center of the quaint resort is an open-air veranda, where they serve food. This is the best place to chill out in. I've been in Ravenala twice already in the past month, and we always feel we own the resort, since no one is is there (just only one or two quiet guests).


I highly recommend Ravenala, with its most friendly staff and relaxing ambience. And once you step out to the beach, a picturesque view of sand and sea awaits.


The sand is white, and if you've been to other white sand beaches in Cebu, it'll probably feel just like that. Bas Daku feels like a peaceful beach village, with a lot of people just enjoying themselves in a soothing environment. Bas Daku also has that stunning shade of blue hues that is consistent in most Cebu beaches.


There is a shifting sandbar in front of HK Resort beside Ravenala. I noticed this in my 2nd visit of course, when the sand bar became a strip of sand away from the main shoreline, from being an alluring sand mount at the end of the cove. There are no detached restaurants in the area, similar to Panagsama, so don't expect something similar. Moalboal has that Alona Beach of Bohol feel, without the night life (if you get what I mean).


Though there are a lot of people who visit Bas Daku, mostly locals from Cebu City, you can still find a spot on the beach where you can lay down your sarong or mat and let a morning pass with a book to read, or with an iPod to listen to. There's really nothing much to do here other than being a beach bum for a day.

RAVENALA MOALBOAL
(032) 4740075

Family room for 4 persons @ Ph4,000.00 a night
Standard rooms @Ph 3,000.00 a night.
Breakfast and taxes are included in the price

37 comments:

  1. hi, does ravenala have a website? how much are there room? thanks ^_^

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  2. no website. the rooms range from P1,500 (non-aircon but beachfront) to P3,500. all with breakfast.

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  3. thanks. but do u happen to know if there are other resorts in basdaku?

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  4. yes, the most upscale is club serena probably because it has a pool. there are cheaper ones beside ravenala, mostly just concrete rooms and cottages like HK. you can just go there and look, that's what we did.

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  5. what is the conttact nos of ravenala resort?

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  6. Ravenela - 032 4740075
    Hope the number still works.

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  7. you can also take a look at the Dolphin House, though it doesn't have a wide sandy beach. It's sort of exclusive, since it's isolated. But the entire resort is very nice as well.

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  8. Planning to be there after Holy Week, I've been hearing that there are lots of jellyfish in Moalboal beaches, did you experience this kind of thing also? Hope jellyfish won't spoil our beach getaway.

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  9. there is a entrance fee and how much is it..and also the cottage?because i have plan to go there on April 4,2010.

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  10. can you take for us a reservation for the cottage?
    can i have also the telephone number?do you think april 4,2010 is peak day?

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  11. The landline is 4740075
    We have family room for four persons @ Ph4,000.00 a night, 9 standard rooms @Ph 3,000.00 a night. Breakfast and taxes are included in the price

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  12. can we bring our own food? or if we order..how much per meal should we spent (just an estimate pls)..thnaks

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  13. i think you can. you can call the resort directly for this. I haven't eaten in their new cafe, but before, we had to buy from the town to eat, or visit the restaurant of Club Serena nearby.

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  14. how much is the room non aircon? overnight?

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  15. do they have city tour bookings?or tour packages?

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  16. c u later maalboal=)

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  17. how do you get around from panagsama to bas daku without a car? How much would it cost and how long?

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  18. take any bus from the south bus station in cebu city downtown. board the ones going to badian. moalboal is a stop so get off there, and you can easily take a tricycle to the resorts.

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  19. do they have cottages which can accommodate 7 persons?..me and my friends would like to go there, but we want to stay in one room only..

    how much is the fare going to moalboal?

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  20. did you need a staff

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  21. Can you tell me what are the other nicer resorts at Bas Daku/ White Beach? Ravenala and Sera are both booked already. Appreciate the info and advice. Thanks!

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  22. what are the contact numbers at bas daku? magpa book unta ko this coming saturday.... reply asap... thanks

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  23. reply asap..fully booked na diay???entertain our comments pleaseee!!!!

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  24. Hi, I am not connected with the resort. Please call them at (032) 4740075. And this goes to all those who are asking for availability, rates and other inquiries. Thanks!

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  25. magkano yung rate between late july and early in august?

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  26. hi rj,nagpaplano akong iheld ang class reunion nmin dyan sa basdaku?magkano ba cottages?entrance fee?pwede bang magbring ng food?more or less 40 persons kmi..hope u'll reply the soonest possible...tnx

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  27. Hi, there are a lot of other more affordable resorts in Bas Daku but they are of less quality. I haven't been back for a year already, so I don't know if there are new ones. There is supposedly a baranggay toll fee when you enter. You can bring food and all, since it's really a public beach. You can just get a hut/cabana from HK.

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  29. hi! how can we go to bas daku beach? We are coming from Cebu City. Can you give as the directions? Is Day trip advisable?

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  30. hindi naman cla ma contact?yung number nga 4740075 hindi na talaga ma contact

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  31. Oh no, sorry, I don't know the new numbers. Will post once I get to contact them again. Thanks!

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    1. contact number Basdako please....?

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  32. i think rj is only a guest in ravenala, he's not the owner..so for those of u asking about the rates just contact the resort..pangitaa nalang nyo sa internet ang phone number...

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  33. thanks rj for the info..

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  34. Panagsama beach used to have a long shoreline. I witnessed it when I visited Moalboal way back in 2002. But unfortunately, because of GREEDY business owners, they constructed resto-bar on the shoreline itself. That's why only a portion of it remain.

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