Moalboal, A Diving Paradise

Cebu wouldn’t be hailed as the sixth best island in the world for nothing. With its almost 200 islands and islets dotted around, you sure won’t fall short of an underwater exploration here.

Among the hundreds is Moalboal Island, located in the southern part of Cebu. Its renowned attractions include, but are not limited to, Panagsama Beach, White Beach, and Pescador Island.

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Panagsama Beach is where most of Moalboal’s resorts, restaurants, boats, dive shops, and training centers can be found. A few kilometers away is the White Beach, a more secluded beach that locals frequent more than in Panagsama. It is being gradually developed every year and is a good choice for some down time. Meanwhile, Pescador Island is one of the most talked about hotspots in Moalboal where you might want to trade your legs for fins for a moment.

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You see, with these three combined, Moalboal sheltered a biodiversity of marine life that’s worth holding your breath for. While you’re at it, be sure to swim with the sea turtles, which are huge, fast swimmers, and camouflage real good over corals, by the way! Boatmen are there to lead you the way through these oldies.

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Schools of fishes, anemones, sharks, coral reefs, and other aquatic species are also some of the few reasons why divers keep coming back in Moalboal.

If you’re lucky enough, sardines might just swim along with you while donning several impressive formations! Dolphins are also around the clear, blue waters of the island ready to jump out of the water and throw some live entertainment as you set sail!

How to get there:

From Mactan-Cebu International Airport, take a cab going to Cebu South Bus Terminal, which will take for about 30 minutes. From there, catch a Ceres bus en route to Bato via Barili, and then get off to Moalboal. Travel time is three to four hours. From Moalboal, you may opt to walk or hire a tricycle or habal-habal ride to reach the diving point.

Pro tip: Take a non-air-conditioned bus, it moves way faster than their air-conditioned ones.

All Photos by Frederick Sande

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