The Simple Life

I’ll be the first to admit that the Philippines was not high on my travel bucket list. I’ve heard great things about their beaches but with us being more of the ‘go go go’ type of travelers, beaches alone didn’t draw me in. With the Philippines being just a short four hour flight from Korea and with tickets as low as $150 per person, it’s the perfect getaway for a long, or even in our case, a short relaxing getaway.
Moalboal, Philippines
Moalboal Philippines ocean view
Gorgeous views in Moalboal, Philippines
Children by the water in Cebu Philippines
Ocean pier in Cebu, Philippines
We stayed at the Tipolo Beach Resort in Moalboal, Philippines, about  two hour drive south of Cebu City. While I admit, it’s nothing luxurious with basic rooms including a bed, wardrobe, mini fridge and nothing else, the genuinely friendly staff and ocean views far made up for it.
Tipolo Beach Resort Cebu Philippines
The hotel has a total of eight rooms, three of which offer prime ocean views. But don’t worry, they are all close enough to the water that you can fall asleep to the sound of the tide breaking against the shore. And that alone is worth the four hour plane ride.
View from Tipolo Beach Resort Cebu Philippines
I can’t speak highly enough about the staff here. They go out of their way to help you and to make sure that your trip is everything you hoped it would be. Many times we sat around chatting with the staff after eating or while we sat by the ocean. This is part of the reason I love staying at smaller accommodations. You have the chance to get to know the staff, their lives and more about their culture.
Tipolo Resort, Moalboal, Philippines
They also had absolutely amazing food! (that’s the most important part right?) Breakfast, lunch and dinner, residents from other resorts walk over to try their food. Wood-brick oven pizzas, mango smoothies and….well we stuck with that because once you find a good thing you should stick with it right? The staff also introduced me to a new drink. This probably isn’t new to anyone else but the concept of mixing beer and Sprite blew my mind. Finally, a beer drink that I can get behind!
Shandis in Cebu Philippines
Brickoven Pizza at Tipolo Beach Resort, Cebu Philippines
As a part of the hotel, they also have a side business, Planet Action Adventures. You can sign up through the hotel to go on day excursions like repelling down waterfalls (what we picked), river climbing (what we want to do next time), horseback riding, mountain biking, and city tours. Below is a picture of the beast that took us to the waterfall location, custom built by the hotel workers.
Plenty of activities at the Tipolo Beach Resort, Cebu Philippines
On our last day, we called a ‘tricycle’ to come pick us up and take us to the taxi stop. These are extremely popular here and both tourists and locals alike use them. Pretty much a small cab attached to a motorbike or bicycle. A great and cheap way to get around. 
Tricyle, Moalboal, Philippines
Tricyle, Moalboal, Philippines
Some of these tricycles serve as food vendors. My favorite by far were the ones that served up fresh pastries. You could see locals carrying around huge bags of these and at only 5pesos(12cents) each (seriously guys…12 cents for fresh pastries. My jaw literally dropped when I converted it), I was stocking up too!
Street food, Philippines
Stay tuned next week when I highlight repelling down waterfalls and our motorbike road trip through the pouring rain!
moalboal, philippines
  • Jamie Almeida

    Love this post! Beautiful photos! I’ve been to Boracay. Great place to relax with beautiful beaches and fun snorkeling!

    • Chelsea @ Lost in Travels

      thanks jamie! i would love to go back to boracay, i’ve heard wonderful things about it!

  • Casey Martin

    I’ve always heard amazing things about the Philippines… looks beautiful!

  • Gabriela Isakova

    The photos are amazing ! The trip looks very nice :) Can`t wait to see others :)


    Lovely photos! Makes me want to jump into my screan and go there! I nominate you for the Liebster Award! More info here:

  • Robyn
  • Z

    this looks like such an awesome trip!!! I can’t wait to see the photos from the waterfall repelling!

  • courtnirae

    Wow this is incredible! Now i really want to go to the Philippines. There is so much natural beauty there, which seems hard to come by these days.
    I really like that the soda is in glass bottles!

    A Golden State of Mind

  • Sam M

    Fresh pastries? I’d kill for that! I need to get myself to the philippines!

  • kayleigh maryon

    Amazing pictures. I will add this to my bucket list. That hotel looks perfect.

  • Laura Amy

    This makes me reallllly want to get up and go to the Philippines right now!

  • Bonnie Rose

    Oh yes, i could live like that every day. The views, the food, ohh can we just all be on vacation like that? ps. I love your new changes to the blog babette!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  • Just Dont Tell Anyone

    adorable photos! As always I’m jealous for you guys! need to travel as well… fingers crossed for the next summer!
    And ooh! I see some changes on this blog! 😛

  • Just Dont Tell Anyone

    adorable photos! As always I’m jealous for you guys! need to travel as well… fingers crossed for the next summer!
    And ooh! I see some changes on this blog! 😛

  • Lisa @ Two Martinis

    All I can say is that your pictures are gorgeous and I’m beyond jealous that you can take a ‘little getaway’ to the Philippines!

  • Caroline

    Seems like the perfect getaway!! And wow 12c for pastries… this seriously puts my Starbucks addiction to shame! PS – love the new header, super cute!!

  • Amy @ The Tide That Left

    I used to be allowed a shandy when I was a kid and the grown ups were all drinking. It was a special treat (and was probably way more lemonade than beer!)

    This looks amazing! I’d love to go one day.

  • themosbysinchina

    Looks like you guys had a great time! can’t wait to read the waterfall post! I love waterfalls!

  • Dannielle

    pizza, mango smoothies and ocean waves to sleep? Sounds perfect! Looks like you had a great time x

  • Melanie Fontaine

    This looks like such a great place! One of my friends is studying abroad in Asia next year and we’re planning to go travel there together – she suggested the Philippines and I wasn’t very keen on the idea at first, but the more I see of it on the Interwebs the more I want to go! I’ll keep this place in mind! :)


  • Chestnut Mocha

    This is so pretty! Most of my friends who taught in Korea went to Philippines for a getaway at some point, and they all loved it! Your photos are wonderful!

  • Jessi Francis

    This is so so great!
    I’m pretty jealous right now, my friend :)

  • Robyn

    Ace. I may head there this next school year. Ha, totally love the fact you have found out you enjoy a shandy !(sprite and beer)

  • Leia A.

    Love the pictures- looks like fun! My sister-in-law’s friend’s father is the mayor of Moalboal. And we’re thinking of doing a hostel there in the future. I haven’t been yet, but after seeing your pictures, it makes me want to go there even more!

  • Rachel

    These photos are gorgeous!! Adding this to my travel bucket list.

  • Chelsea @ Life Unpublished

    Amazing photos! New blog design looks great!! :)

  • Lauren

    Yum! All that food (and drink) sounds amazing. The pictures are beautiful too. There’s nothing i like more than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean.

  • Chantal

    That looks fun! I can’t believe the flights are so cheap. I can’t wait to get to S. Korea and visit the area!

  • Allison Estoch

    Looks amazing! We just got to the Philippines a little over a week ago so I’ll have to keep this post earmarked for when we go looking to travel. For $150 we might have to visit S. Korea!

  • Britta Marie

    it sounds like the perfect little getaway!! i love the times when you are able to fall asleep with the ocean in your ear .. the best!

  • Amanda

    Beautiful! It makes me really want to go there! The drink you were introduced to is called a “shandy” in England and people drink them shockingly early some days! Ha! xx