Moalboal is just a three-hour drive west of Cebu, lying on the
west coast of the island, with access to some exciting diving just
minutes from the coast. There is not a huge amount going on along
the coastline of Moalboal other than the odd fishermen peering down
at the coral walls below or wading through the tidal flats in
search of exciting inhabitants.
Moalboal originally became famous for the island of Pescador,
just a 15 minute boat ride from the mainland and home to an
extraordinary marine life phenomenon. A school of hundreds and
thousands of sardines used to reside here but much to the confusion
of the locals is now sitting about 100m off the shoreline of
Moalboal. People visit Moalboal especially to see the sardines and
it is easy to see why. Descending through the cloud of fish,
getting lost in sardines, they dance backwards and forwards
glittering in the water column. It is a spectacular site.
Once you have seen the sardines, there is still much more to
explore. Below 25m, the walls are covered in soft corals in every
colour of the rainbow and fields upon fields of giant fan coral,
home to the tiniest pygmy seahorses that the local divemasters
easily spot with their razor-sharp eyes. The coral here is some of
the very best we have seen in the Philippines and well worth the
visit. The night diving is also exceptional, with all sorts of
crustaceans creeping along the reef; if you are lucky a blue-ringed
octopus or bobtail squid.
When not diving, there is not a lot to do in Moalboal other than
relax and enjoy the lovely surroundings. But the diving is so good
you will find it difficult to stay out of the water for long!