Throwing yourself over the edge of the cliffs at Molave Cliff Diving Resort is one of the most adrenaline-pumping things to do in Bohol.
Panglao island in the Philippines is far more than just beaches and resorts, but rather an island offering a mecca of adventures such as caving, island hopping, scuba diving and cliff jumping.
I have put together this complete guide to cliff jumping in Panglao at the Molave Cliff Diving Resort including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect!
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WHERE IS MOLAVE CLIFF DIVING RESORT
Molave Cliff Diving Resort is located on the northern coastline of Panglao Island in Bohol, Philippines.
From the main tourist area of Alona Beach in Panglao, it’s a short 15-minute drive to reach the Molave Cove Cliff Dive.
HOW TO GET THERE
The best way to get to reach this cliff jump spot in Panglao is to rent a scooter from one of the many scooter rental stores dotted around Alona Beach. Scooter rentals are around 300-350 pesos per day.
Alternatively, you can jump in the back of a tricycle and ask the driver to drop you over to the Molave Cliff Diving Resort. For a 15-minute drive in a tricycle, you can expect to pay around 100-150 pesos. Put your bartering skills to the test!
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MOLAVE CLIFF DIVING RESORT ENTRANCE FEE
There is an entrance fee of 50 pesos to go cliff diving in Panglao and the opening hours are from 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Sunday.
If you wish to go snorkeling in Molave Cove, which I highly recommend, you can rent a mask and snorkel at Molave Cliff Diving Resort for around 100 pesos.
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WHAT TO EXPECT AT MOLAVE CLIFF DIVING RESORT
Once you’ve paid the entry fee you can head straight down to the cliffs, find a spot to perch up and set down your belongings. There are half a dozen wooden huts with tables and chairs available for rent but in my opinion, they are a waste of money. Just set your things down on the rocks and your bag should generally be safe, though I do recommend leaving your valuables at the hotel just to be sure.
The Molave Cliff Diving Resort features a 5-meter high diving board straight into the clear blue ocean below. It’s best to run and jump off the diving board as there is a certain landing point that is clear of rocks. If you are not 100% confident, just ask the lifeguard on duty exactly where to land and watch some other keen jumpers go first.
To exit the water, it’s a 20 to 30 meter swim in shallow waters to a staircase that leads back to the clifftop. It’s possible to walk across the reef to reach the stairs though it’s rugged in some areas and there is the odd sea urchin. Best to bring a pair of slip-on waterproof shoes to avoid getting cut up feet.
It’s the safest and most adrenalin-driven cliff dive in Bohol so you have got nothing to worry about! My friends and I spent an hour or so at Molave Cove Cliff Dive throwing ourselves over the edge countless times.
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The locals joining in on the fun
Molave Cliff Diving Resort
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SNORKELING AT MOLAVE COVE
Once you’ve tired yourself out from all the cliff diving, grab a mask and snorkel and check out the underwater world in Molave Cove.
There are said to be large balls of sardines off the edge of the reef in Molave Cove so keep a close eye out for them. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any sardine balls when I visited but I was lucky enough to spot a couple of sea turtles so I guess I can’t complain too much!
There is a netted off snorkeling and swimming area in front of Molave Cliff Diving Resort so you won’t have to worry about any boats running into you.
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Jay snorkeling with turtles at Molave Cove
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WHERE TO STAY IN PANGLAO
Luxury: Donatela Hotel
Donatela Hotel is the best luxury accommodation in Panglao. Centrally located and close to beaches and other attractions on Panglao island. The hotel offers a private beach area, swimming pool, restaurant and pool bar. There is a garden villa, pool villa, family villa and honeymoon villa available at Donatela Hotel. The rooms are air-conditioned featuring a balcony, flat-screen tv, dining area, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar, private bathroom, bathtub and plunge pool. They can also help you to organise scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities in Bohol. Great for families, friends and couples.
Mid Range: Conrada’s Place Hotel & Resort
Conrada’s Place is located 450m from Alona Beach and close to shops, restaurants and other nearby attractions. The accommodation features an outdoor pool, restaurant, snorkeling activities and wellness spa. There are double rooms, deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites which have air-conditioning, free wifi and breakfast is included for all guests. Conrada can also help you book island hopping tours and other activities in Bohol. Great place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Budget: Bohol Coco Farm
Bohol Coco Farm is rated the best budget accommodation for a solo traveler in Bohol. Enjoy a rustic experience with modern luxuries of free wifi and a restaurant. Great location close to beaches and other attractions. The rooms and fan-cooled with shared bathrooms and towels are included. There’s also a shared lounge with free coffee and a tour desk.
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BOOK A BOHOL TOUR
Another great way to see all of the best Bohol tourist spots is to book a Bohol Countryside & Panglao Highlights Tour.
This particular tour is the most top-rated tour in Bohol with hundreds of great reviews and thousands of bookings. I can’t recommend this amazing tour enough, especially for first-timers to Bohol!
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The Bohol Tour includes the following:
- Chocolate Hills
- Bilar Manmade Forest
- Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary
- Loboc River Cruise with lunch
- Hinagdanan Cave
- Panglao Watchtower
- & much more
Another option for accommodation in Bohol is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals on Bohol Island.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this article and if you have any questions at all about Cliff Diving Panglao, please leave me a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy Adventuring! 😃