Shaka is undoubtedly the birth place of the smoothie bowl in the Philippines, having made a name for itself in Siargao before expanding to Bohol and Cebu. Shaka Moalboal offers the same delicious (and photogenic) menu that many people have come to know and love from its other locations, right in the heart of Panagsama. Speaking personally, if there’s a Shaka in town, we can’t not go! Once, twice… usually three times or more.
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WHERE IS SHAKA MOALBOAL
Like we mentioned earlier, Shaka Moalboal is in the centre of Panagsama, where it’s bustling with hostels, restaurants, cafes and bars. Parking’s usually a real nightmare in this area, so if you’re staying within walking distance, get into the healthy alternative mindset and take a stroll down to Shaka at the end of Panagsama Rd, right before the beach.
CHILL VIBES AT SHAKA MOALBOAL
The native design and colourful paintings are all part of the Shaka charm, and are perfectly on-brand with the other two outlets. The murals are as vibrant as the organic fruit they serve and the seating area is a stark contrast of monochrome and pastel coloured highlights.
What’s helped Shaka become so wildly popular is the Instagrammable nature of both their food and cafe decor. It’s just about impossible to visit Shaka without snapping a pic or two for the ‘gram, and Shaka Moalboal has plenty of spots that are Instagram-worthy.
FOOD & DRINKS AT SHAKA MOALBOAL
A whole lotta love goes into every smoothie bowl served up at Shaka Moalboal, which was plain to see from observing the creative process of the staff. Every smoothie bowl we’ve ever ordered has had a different design, but the taste remains consistent across the outlets.
We’re creatures of habit and always go for the Bom Dia and Super Bowl, but this time we thought we’d treat ourselves to the Bakunawa as well. We also topped it off with a latte and a John Lemon (lol!) cold press juice. Coffee lovers will be stoked to know they have a bowl and coffee combo for P300 or around $6.20 USD. If you’re the kind of person who likes to plan ahead, you can check out the full menu on their website here.
Shaka is one of our favourite cafes in the Philippines, and Shaka Moalboal definitely did not disappoint. All round good vibes with every bite! Don’t forget to save this article to your Pinterest so you can easily come back to it and keep on scrolling for more Cebu food and travel guides.
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WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL
Southern Cebu is where all the adventure is at, from waterfalls and whale sharks to island hopping and diving. When visiting anywhere in the south, the best place to stay is Moalboal. It has the most accommodation options, and is a fun little town with dozens of cafes, restaurants and bars. Check out our top four picks below for where to stay in Moalboal.
BUDGET/HOSTEL: CHIEF MAU
Right on the main strip of Panagsama Road you’ll find Chief Mau, a fun and social hostel that dubs itself the chillest place in town. Clean, modern and affordable, boasting a restaurant, bar and billiards, Chief Mau is a favourite amongst backpackers
MIDSCALE: ADAM’S VIEW HOTEL
Simple but with all the amenities and facilities you need – including a massive pool – Adam’s View Hotel is our top pick for those looking for a little more luxury than a backpackers. Located in the main town, Adam’s View Hotel is right next to Gaisano Mall, but still close enough to the action of Panagsama Beach to remain convenient.
LUXURY: TURTLE BAY DIVE RESORT
If you have deep pockets and an appreciation for the finer things in life, Turtle Bay Dive Resort is the place for you. Tucked away on a private cove in the quieter part of town, this luxury resort is perfect for couples looking for a little exclusivity.
AIRBNB: LRS APARTMENT
We can personally attest to how great LRS Apartment is, having spent two weeks there. Aside from a beautiful private pool, the apartment itself is modern, well furnished and spacious enough for a couple. (And a cat!) It’s just a 5 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of the restaurants and bars along Panagsama Road, but far enough away to offer a little peace and quiet. We can’t recommend LRS Moalboal enough!