Moalboal, which means bubbling water, is a small sleepy town located in the south west of Cebu on the foothills of the Mountain slopes that run along the spine of the island. Diving has been popular here for many years and a series of Resorts and excellent Dive Centers are long established at nearby White Beach and Pangasama Beach where there are lovely views across the narrow Tanon Straits to Negros Island.
Panagsama is a lively destination with a good number of laid back small bars, pubs and restaurants to entertain divers and travelers alike - at peak season it is often busy until late at night. White Beach has lovely sand and is quieter than Pangasama but can get busy at weekends.
The Resorts that we work with are slightly away from the crowds in much more relaxed locations but near enough for you to take a short trip in to explore entertainment options.
Diving and snorkeling is focused along the walls that run the this stretch of Coastline , nearby Pescador island - one of the best known dives in the Philippines and of course the opportunity to see the near year round 'sardine run'. This is a great place to visit for beginners, intermediates and the more experienced.
Away from the water Moalboal has become a prime destination for adventure travel and tours. Guests can enjoy mountain biking, canyoning, climbing, caving and horse riding. Many guests -especially those in groups often split their time equally between water and land based activities and excitement.
Moalboal is reached by a 2-3 hour road journey from Cebu. A car will pick you up directly from your Cebu Airport or your Hotel and travelling east to west over the scenic hills of central Cebu will bring you down to the coastline of Moalboal.
If travelling from Manila then there are approximately 15 - 20 daily flights into Cebu from Manila. Moalboal is also easily accessible from Dumaguete on Negros and is often a popular two centre stay combined with time in Dauin.
Moalboal is a year round diving destination. January through to May are generally the driest months and also peak season) and March to May sees the warmest temperatures. We like July - October most, it can sometimes rain but there is always somewhere to dive and water temperatures and visibility are often at their best.
There are over 20 dive sites in the immediate vicinity of Moalboal and nearly all can be reached on a single trip allowing plenty of time for relaxation between dives.
Much of the diving close to the Dive Centers and Resorts is done along the sandy slopes and steep walls that run from the coastal fringing reef. Home to a huge amount of tropical species this really is both fun and relaxing diving! Turtle lovers will definitely appreciate the large numbers present on the reefs and if lucky you can see dolphins playing in the straits. Like dolphins, whale sharks are also often attracted by the nutrient and plankton rich waters around Moalboal and are frequent visitors - keep your eyes open at all times!
Pescador Island is a short boat ride from our featured Dive Centers and it is the place to dive when staying in the area. There are several sites around this small uninhabited pinnacle but arguably the most popular is Cathedral Cave where you can dive the spectacular cave and find your self surrounded by a myriad of fish life and species including shoals of tuna, barracuda and jacks. The overhangs are home to frogfish and nudibranch that live amongst the impressive corals. Pescador East and Pescador West are two impressive walls dives that are often washed by currents which in turn attract huge numbers of fish. A good dive for Advanced Divers these can become exhilarating drift dives when conditions are right.
Ronda Bay consists of sandy slopes that run down to the wall at about 22m. The shallows are a perfect site for beginners and macro photographers will love the opportunities to see lots of different critters. At Copton Point there is an old cargo plane that was placed here just over 20 years ago as a dive attraction.
Sanctuary can be either a shallow dive or deep dive depending on experience levels but either way it is one of the best dives in the area - the top of the wall may be washed by currents but this brings in the marine life and watch for bumpheads, napoleon wrasse and even the occasional whitetip reef shark.
The famous Sardine Run has returned to the waters around Moalboal. Previously to be found at Pescador the sardines are now often seen along Pangasama Beach and can be best seen when snorkeling.