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Moalboal, Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Moalboal, Philippines. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Moalboal?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Moalboal, they said:

"Expats considering retirement in Moalboal, should be aware that the cost of living is significantly lower than in many Western countries, making it an attractive option for those on a fixed income. However, they should also be prepared for a slower pace of life and a different cultural environment. English is widely spoken in the Philippines, but learning some basic Cebuano phrases can be beneficial for daily interactions. The healthcare system in the Philippines is generally good, but it may not be up to the standards that some Western expats are used to. It's advisable to have comprehensive health insurance that covers medical evacuation, in case of serious illness or injury. The climate in Moalboal is tropical, with high temperatures and humidity year-round, and a rainy season from June to November. Expats should be prepared for this, and for the possibility of typhoons during the rainy season. Moalboal is known for its beautiful beaches and excellent diving opportunities, so it's a great location for those who enjoy outdoor activities. However, it's a small town with limited entertainment options, so it may not be suitable for those who crave a bustling city life. The Philippines has a relatively high crime rate, but Moalboal is generally considered safe. Still, expats should take common-sense precautions to protect their personal safety and belongings. Finally, expats should be aware that the process of obtaining a retirement visa in the Philippines can be complex and time-consuming. It's advisable to seek legal advice to ensure that all requirements are met," remarked one expat living in Moalboal, Philippines.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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