Moalboal

Moalboal Philippines Dive Map Location Scubahive

Description :
Imagine swimming through a cloud of fish that morphs into varying shapes as if controlled by a single mind, this is what gave Moalboal its popularity, the sardine run. Wall dives are the game here in Moalboal, with the exception of the beautiful Pescador Island featuring coral reefs and swim-throughs within a stone throw away. This island has so much to offer, it’s no wonder why Moalboal is one of the first places in the Visayas to be developed primarily for scuba diving.
Where is it :
South-west side of Cebu, Philippines
Number of dive sites :
20
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, drift, wreck, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Various wall dives, sardine run and turtles
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F), but can get as low as 25° (77°F) in the earlier parts of the year
Seasonality :
All year round
• Cool and dry: December to February
• Hot and dry: March to May
• Rainy: June to November
Typical Visibility :
Ranges from 10m (32.8ft) to 30m (98.4ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild to moderate
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Yes
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, jungle trekking, canyoning, river climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
Yes
Availability of Medical Facility :
Yes
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Pangsama Beach :
Descend down to steel slope down to 40m, which is then followed by a wall. It is here that you will see the sardine run – thousands upon thousands of sardines in formation, being hunted by tunas and jacks (sometimes thresher sharks too if you’re lucky). The view is absolutely breathtaking and often leaves divers in awe. Making your way back to the shallow area for your safety stop, you would be entertained by a host of marine life such as sergeant majors, moorish idols, parrotfish, pufferfish, and the occasional turtle.
Tongo Marine Sanctuary :
Dive alongside a wall which goes to a seemingly endless depth, so keep an eye on your depth gauge and “no deco” time. There are a variety of crevices and small caves to be explored, which makes a dive torch handy for exploration. Expect to catch sight of turtles, barracudas, fusiliers, razorfish, leaf fish, harlequin ghost pipefish, and the mandarin fish.
Airplane Wreck :
Sitting at the bottom at around 20m, lies a plane wreck which is now an artificial reef attracting a multitude of corals and fishes. The plane cavern provides a shelter for invertebrates and a host of marine organisms. Divers can enjoy the beautiful and unique sight of a plane wreck. There are also occasional reports of the presence of a turtle inside the cockpit, claiming the pilot seat.
Pescador Island :
Although there are a few dive sites around this little island, Pescador Island is commonly referred to as a single dive site and is famed for its beautiful untouched marine life. The small island with rocky cliffs is fringed by a shallow reef, which then drops off to 55m. The main point of interest is its swim-throughs with its variety of corals on the show. Turtles are common here, along with frogfish, sardines, whitetip sharks, barracudas, batfish, and a host of nudibranchs.
Sunken Island :
You first make your descend in the open blue down to 25m where you will arrive at the summit of the underwater pinnacle. Exploring around the pinnacle will yield schools of lionfish, frogfish, spanish dancers, and is also a great place for pelagics such as jacks, tunas, barracudas, snappers, as well as the occasional manta ray or shark. But beware, currents here are often times strong here, coupled with the deep dive, this site is best explored by experienced divers.
Nearest Airport :
Mactan Cebu International Airport (IATA: CEB)
Notes :
Flying into Mactan-Cebu Airport is your gateway to Moalboal with airport transfers to the dive resorts (~2.5 hours by car) typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂
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