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Moalboal is a small, quiet provincial fishing town on the Copton Peninsula on the west coast of the island of Cebu in the Central Visayas, 90 kilometers or a 2.5 hour drive from Mactan Cebu International Airport. Three kilometres away is Panagsama Beach where a small resort community has developed to cater for the scuba divers, snorkelers and free divers who come to visit the area. There are restaurants, a disco, night clubs and street bars with a relaxed, local and laid back atmosphere.

Dive Moalboal Philippines

 

  • Moalboal Geographical Information

    The reefs along the west coast of the Copton Peninsula offer a great variety of marine life and Pescador Island lies only 3km off the coast. There is not much sand along Panagsama Beach as it was blown away in a typhoon in 1984 and the small resorts have now built right up to the water’s edge providing enticing views of the volcanic plateaus of Negros across the Tañon Strait. A 7km tricycle ride further north on the peninsula is White Beach with a sandy 2 kilometre beach and nice, clear blue water.  Fringing coral reef lines the peninsula, good for snorkeling, diving and free diving.

  • Things to do in Moalboal

    Besides snorkeling, scuba diving and free diving, there are many activities around Moalboal to attract the most adventurous of travelers.

    Hike along the Kawasan River through the jungle, passing villages until you reach the crystal clear waters of the magnificent Kawasan Falls comprising of five levels

    Abseil the Tison waterfalls

    Go canyoning, kayaking, rafting or mountain biking

    Trek through jungles and valleys to Osmena Peak, the highest peak in Cebu

    Rent a motor bike or dirt bike to tour around the area

    Visit the orchid farm, the local morning fresh produce market or the Sunday Filipino market selling handicrafts, clothing and food.

  • When to Travel to Moalboal

    Diving In Moalboal is conducted year round. The waters are calmest from April to June.

    Cool & dry season (December to February) - Temperatures range from 24ºC to 32ºC with occasional rain showers. The water temperature is around 26ºC - 27ºC.

    Hot & dry season (March to May) - Temperatures range from 30ºC to 32ºC often going for weeks without rain. The water temperature is between 27ºC - 29ºC.

    Wet season (June to November) - The air temperature is about 32ºC. Cebu and the Visayas does not get as much rainfall in the rainy season. Usually there's bright sunshine in the morning followed by a short, strong but refreshing downpour in the afternoon followed by more sunshine. Water temperature is 27ºC - 29ºC.

    Cebu is outside the main typhoon belt that can hit the Philippines between September and December and Moalboal is sheltered by surrounding islands. The area is generally affected by overcast weather and some rain for a few days during a typhoon.

  • Hotels and Resorts in Moalboal

    Dive Moalboal Philippines Magic Island Dive Resort
    On the coast, south of Panagsama Beach
    Budget: $$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: Yes
    Onsite Shop: No
    Gym: No
    Spa:Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
    Dive Moalboal Philippines Kasai Village Dive Resort
    On the coast, north of Panagsama Beach
    Budget: $$
    Pool: Yes
    Beach/Beachfront: No
    Bar: 1
    Restaurant: 1
    Wifi: in reception
    Onsite Shop: Yes
    Gym: No
    Spa:Yes
    Onsite Dive Centre: Yes
  • Scuba Diving in Moalboal

    Diving Moalboal PhilippinesMoalboal has some of the best diving in Cebu, suitable for of all levels of divers. There is an immense diversity of marine life from the smallest of nudibranchs to the biggest of whale sharks and also a varied underwater terrain from slopes to walls, caves and canyons. Easy house reef dives line the peninsula making this an ideal spot for muck and night dives. Boat dives are conducted by traditional bangka boat mostly along the peninsula’s fringing reef and around Pescador Island (10-15 min boat ride). Giant turtles will greet you on almost every dive. Steep walls plummet into the sea covered in colourful soft corals, home to all manner of critters. At twilight, Mandarin Fish come out to do their courtship dance.

    Pescador Island has recently become famous for the giant  schools of sardine bait balls that come and go around the island. These bait balls attract larger predators such as tuna, barracuda, mackerel and occasionally, thresher sharks.  Hammerheads have also been seen here.

    There are around 30 dive sites in the area. Visibility can range anywhere from 10 metres on a very bad day to 40 metres. Some sites can be affected by strong currents.

    Some popular dive sites:

    The House Reefs

    Diving Moalboal PhilippinesThe reef drops off right in front of most of the Dive Centres along Panagsama Beach. Schools of jacks and tuna hunt on the reef covered in hard, soft and fan corals. There are resident frogfish and turtles. Even whale sharks have been seen on the fringing reef. Night dives bring out the decorator crabs, cuttlefish, snake eels, sea snakes and more. Depth: 5 - 55 metres.

    Cathedral Cave (Pescador)

    An unbelievable variety of corals and  fish life can be found here - frogfish, schools of lionfish, barracuda, tuna, snapper, jacks, clown fish. There is a chimney starting at 37m, exiting at 22m and 16m. The cave is magnificent when filled with light in the afternoon. The wall is covered with soft corals. Depth: 5 - 65 metres.

    Marine Sanctuary

    There is a gigantic sea fan forest between 25 - 40 metres. Amongst the enormous fan corals are lionfish, leaf fish, harlequin ghost pipefish, and the long-nose hawkfish. Napoleon wrasse, bump-head parrotfish and white tip sharks also frequent the area. The current can sometimes be strong at the top of the reef. Depth 8 - 45 metres.

    Sunken Island

    Diving Moalboal PhilippinesExperienced divers will love this dive. The top  of the island starts in 22m and goes down to more than 250m. At the top are big shoals of fusiliers chased by jacks, big lionfish, moray eels, redtooth triggerfish, bannerfish, Spanish dancers. Several whale sharks have been encountered here. Currents can be fierce.

    Tongo Point

    Cracks, ravines, small caves and some swim throughs line this steep wall. Inside the caves spot turtles, juvenile barracuda, shoals of razorfish, leaf fish, harlequin ghost pipefish. Bring a torch. Mandarin Fish hide in the shallows, deep in the coral.  Depth: 5 - 55 metres.

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