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Cebu to Moalboal

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

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Our 20-day trip around the Philippines started in Cebu City, but we didn’t plan to stay there long. We were keen to get away from the metropolis in order to spend our time in a more relaxed environment. Just a 3-hour bus ride away is Moalboal – a beautiful beach location with plenty of snorkeling and diving possibilities.

Cebu City is quite a congested, noxious conglomerate. Transport from place to place moves at a snails pace. It would be quicker walking – though less safe, due to the heavy traffic. So following just one night in the city, we were ready for our bus trip from Cebu city to Moalboal.

However, this would take longer than we anticipated.

Cebu City South Terminal Bus Station

After breakfast, we took a taxi across town to the South Terminal Bus Station (86 pesos). From there, we took a non-air conditioned bus heading south to Moalboal (108 pesos per person).

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

Cebu City – South Terminal Bus Station

These buses run frequently, stopping all along the way to let people on and off. The bus trip would take just over 3 hours (it took an hour just to get out of Cebu City).

Increasing numbers of vehicles, government failure to construct more road networks (or widen the existing roads) and the problem of undisciplined drivers are the main reasons why the roads have become so congested.

The traffic situation in Cebu is supposedly much better than in Manila, although we found the opposite to be true.

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

Cebu City to Moalboal: The traffic jam starts from the bus station

As we traveled. the bus got progressively fuller, until we were squeezed in like sardines. Still it was OK, with some nice retro tracks playing through the sound system.

Since we would be coming back the same way in a few days time, we resolved to take an air-conditioned bus on the return journey to save time.

The difference in price isn’t huge, and there is a bit more leg room.

Cebu City to Moalboal by Bus

Cebu City to Moalboal

Arrival in Moalboal

The bus dropped us off when we reached Moalboal. This looked like a pleasant and animated little town. We took a trike (150 pesos, after haggling) to our lodgings by the sea – the T-Breeze Seaside Resort. The trip took around 20 minutes.

When we arrived we were looking forward to several sorely-needed cold drinks, followed by a dip in the sea. We planned to stay for 3 nights at this secluded resort, mainly to relax, enjoy the food and spend time swimming and snorkeling around the local reef.

After that we would be heading back up to Cebu City to take the ferry to Bohol.


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Hotel Elim - Central Java & Karimunjawa

Hotel Elim & Minibus to Jepara

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Our 3-week Indonesia travel plan included an 11-night stay in the secluded tropical island of Karimunjawa.

We planned to stay in Semarang long enough to take a shuttle bus onward to Jepara. It is from here that we were hoping to take a boat to our final destination – Karimunjawa, a paradise island 88 kms off the central north coast of Java.

Getting to Karimunjawa

There are several options for getting over to Karimunjawa island from the mainland. However, the boats run most frequently from Jepara. More importantly, there is always a boat leaving Jepara port early on Sunday mornings (weather permitting). It’s for this reason that we chose to stay for one night at the Elim Hotel in Jepara.

Following an unscheduled detour on arrival in Semarang (see Honey, the ATM ate my card), we took a taxi to the Tourist Information Center on Jalan Permudu in the center of the city. We had a good idea of where we were going since we’d checked it out on Google Earth, and printed out a handy little Semarang map.

We arrived at the Tourist Information Center later than planned – it was already getting dark and had started to rain. Behind the building there was a small office where we could purchase our minibus tickets to Jepara. We were still in time to catch the last minibus, leaving at 6 pm.

We paid IDR 17,000 (€1.25) each for our minibus tickets.

The journey took 2½ hours, although half of this time was spent driving around Semarang to pick up passengers. They even back-tracked to the airport for the final pickup. The minibus could take up to around 6 people, including luggage. When we arrived in Jepara, they very kindly dropped us off directly in front of our hotel.

Hotel Elim Jepara

Since we hadn’t paid a lot for our room (€14), we weren’t expecting much from the Elim Hotel. In fact, the room we were given was perfectly adequate: clean and comfortable.

We arrived late – around 8:45 pm, and there aren’t many eating options close by.

Hotel Elim Jepara

Simple but sufficient: Our room at Hotel Elim, Jepara

 

Our only choice was the Elim Restaurant right next door. The kitchen closes at 9 pm, so we were just in time to place an order. We chose a dinner of soup with a portion of Nasi Goreng and Sate Ayam to share.

Together with 2 fruit sodas, our bill came to IDR 137,500 (€10). Quite expensive by local standards. We ate a similar meal the following day at one of the traditional Indonesian Warungs for just IDR 32,000.

Hotel Elim Jepara

Elim Restaurant: The food’s OK but you can find cheaper elsewhere

Important to note is that the Elim restaurant is not associated with the Hotel Elim: They are separate businesses.

The reception staff at Hotel Elim can be a bit hit-and-miss. On arrival, an (older) receptionist spoke good English and was very helpful. The following morning he had been replaced by a young guy with very little English, and much less enthusiasm to help.

Location-wise, Hotel Elim is a long way from the port. For travelers taking a boat to Karimunjawa, this hotel may not be the best option. There are other reasonably-priced hotels much closer to the port, such as the Samudra Hotel.

The next leg of our journey would be to take the fast boat for the 2-hour trip north to Karimunjawa island.


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