Moalboal Beach Resort: Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens

Moalboal is a prime beach destination in the southern part of Cebu. It's most popular beaches are Bas Diot or White Beach in barangay Saavedra and Panagsama Beach in barangay Basdiot. Both have been promoted as recreational diving sites and awesome beach destinations. The drawback of this aggressive promotion is that sometimes, there is too little privacy to offer in these public beaches. There are a few resorts in the area that does offer some quiet space for its guests, away from where most of the noise is but not too far away from where one can enjoy the natural beauty of Moalboal's beaches. One such resort is the Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Bas Daku, Saavedra, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines. I recently visited Hale Manna as I was tasked to facilitate a 2-day team building program for thirteen staff members of Oceana Philippines last 12-13 November 2015. Cebu Teambuilding Services affiliate Philipp Chen Tan accompanied me during that trip.

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Hale Manna House

The Hale Manna House is the house of good energy at the shores of Moalboal, Cebu. Hale means house in Hawaiian while Manna means energy or gift from heaven.


There are a few guest hotel rooms available at the ground floor and second floor of the Hale Manna House. The ladies of Oceana Philippines were checked into these rooms. We roomed in with the men at the Barkada Bungalow just beside the Hale Manna House. Room rates range between PhP 3,250 to PhP 9,750 per night.

Billiard Table 

For those who wish to get some mental and physical exercise, a billiard table is available inside the Hale Manna House. Sadly, many of the cue sticks are already broken.

Mess Hall

Meals were served at the terrace of the Hale Manna House. There is actually an option to serve it at the function hall with a bar near the beach. But since our activities were done at the Hale Manna House, it was more convenient to just serve it there. 


We did most of our activities at balcony of the second floor of the Hale Manna House. It was wide enough to accommodate all fifteen (15) of us. But bigger groups may have a problem with such small space.

Living Room Spaces and Mini-Library

There is a huge living room at the lower floor of the Hale Manna House with cozy sala furniture sets, bookshelves, and magazine racks. A common living space is also found at the second floor just outside the rooms

Open Air Bar and Function Hall 

Ou afternoon session on the first day of the training were spent at the open air function hall with a bar near the beach. The hall can accommodate around twenty (20) persons in a classroom setup. But since we were doing dynamic play-based activities, we had to move out to the lawn outside the hall.

The Beach

Hale Manna does not have a long stretch of beach and the sand cover also depends on the season. Also the coast is somewhat rocky with some sea urchins so guests are urged to wear beach shoes when wading on its waters.

Beach Huts 

Several beach huts are found near the beach. Guests can use these to have their massage, as a space for meditation, or to simply just rest under the stars at night.


Golfer wanna-be's can start with putting practice at Hale Manna which has a putting hole with a sand trap feature.

Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Moalboal Cebu Philippines
Pretending to play golf at Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines

Swimming Pool 

Hale Manna recently completed their swimming pool. It uses seawater pumped in from the sea as it also makes its own contribution to help solve the persistent water shortage problem in the town of Moalboal.

Kayaks and Snorkeling Gear 

One may use the kayaks and snorkeling gear at Hale Manna without additional charges. One may use the kayak to go to the public beach of Saavedra or Basdaku or to get to the floating raft near the coral gardens when the tide is high.

Dining Information

Cost for buffet lunch for groups of ten (10) or more is pegged at PhP 350 to PhP 425 per person. A la carte meals are also served with prices ranging from PhP 180 to PhP 295. The menu at Hale Manna is a fusion of comfort food and healthy food. We had at least five (5) meals. lechon paksiw, dinuldog, and garlic shrimps were served for lunch on the first day.

Day 1 dinner featured chicken curry, fish soup, and a few other dishes I cannot remember anymore as I was too preoccupied with the training.

We had familiar Filipino breakfast favorites for the first meal on Day 2. There was pork tocino, corned beef, kinamatisang daing na isda, and tortang talong.

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Day 2 Lunch had an Italian theme, with Handuraw Pizza and a few pasta dishes. Pizza varieties were pepperoni, Hawaiian, pesto cheese, and vegetarian pizza. For pasta, there was carbonara and spaghetti. Fish fingers were also served.

Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens in Moalboal Cebu Philippines
Handuraw Pizza

We also enjoyed their homemade ice cream with mango and guava flavors. 

Day Use

Day use at Hale Manna costs between PhP 175 to PhP 450. Day use guests may also choose to rent the beach huts with prices ranging from PhP 700 to PhP 2,000.

Coastal Gardens 

During my first visit several years ago, I thought the place was also called coastal gardens because of its well-manicured lawns. But during my latest trip, I realized that was not the case. The coastal gardens refer to a beautiful coral garden a few meters off shore teeming with abundant marine life. Our team building program participants from Oceana Philippines snorkeled on the waters atop the coral gardens and saw some sea turtles in those two (2) days that we were there. A floating raft was also put up by Hale Manna near the coral gardens where shallow waters meet deep waters that are about 30-40 feet in depths.

No wonder Moalboal is among the more popular diving destinations in Cebu. There is much to see in the underwater world a few meters away from shore. This marine reserve is known as a place where one can witness a sardine run. Sightings of tortoises are also common here.

Location and Contact Information

Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coral Gardens is located in Barangay Saavedra (popularly known as Basdaku) in the popular southern Cebu beach town of Moalboal. Please see below for their contact information:

Contact Person: Ms. Becky PestaƱo Smith
Website: Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens
E-mail Address:
Facebook Page: Hale Manna Beach Resort and Coastal Gardens
Telephone Number: (+6332) 316 2603
Mobile Numbers: 0922 842 4939 or 0917 546 6929

Information on how to get there can be found HERE.