Moalboal is foremost known as a place of great diving. The sleepy town lies on the west coast of Cebu, about 92 km south of Cebu City. You can cover the distance in about 2 1/2 hours by car or bus. Panagsama Beach is the place you want to go, and it’s about 4 km from the town center. Here in Panagsama, the mixture of expatriates and visiting divers from all over the world living together with the friendly and unspoiled Filipino residents of Moalboal creates quite a unique community.
When to dive.
Peak diving months are November and December, although diving season is from November to May. In July and August, when most of the country endures the monsoon rains, visibility around Moalboal still averages 27 to 33 meters( 80 to 100 feet). The waters are calmest from April to June.
Tuble, Tongo Point, White Beach, Badian Island, Ronda Bay Marine Park and others:
These impressive divespots are home to an extraordinary array of coral, ferns, anemones, sponges and a swarming host of brightly colored fish. Groupers, turtles and sea snakes are among the common encountered residents. All dives are superb wall dives, with some small caverns and swim throughs, an interesting underwater topography as well as the most colorful reef creatures imaginable. And all dive spots can be reached with a short banca-ride of only 10-20 minutes.
It is famous for its beautiful, largely untouched marine life. The small island with rocky cliffs is fringed by a shallow reef 3-10m wide, then spectacular drop-offs plunge away to depths of 40m plus. The cliff faces are a mass of caverns and overhangs, the most dramatic of which is the majestic Pescador Cathedral, a large underwater cavern reached by a 15m wide funnel and descending to 35m. Most divers remark on the intimacy of the Pescador experience, which presents a constant spectacle of action and colors. Divers are often surrounded by schools of pelagics, encounters with white tip sharks are common and even hammerhead sharks appear on occasion. At shallower depths you find beautiful coral gardens.
A spectacular dive, for experienced divers only. It’s actually an underwater pinnacle, with the summit about 25m below the surface. You have to drop through 25m of open blue water and mostly strong currents to reach the top of this underwater mountain. Underwater photographers love to shoot pictures from the big school of lion fish, often 20 in one place and reaching substantial sizes. Also you find frogfish and spanish dancers in this area. And, of course, big pelagics: great school of jacks and tuna, barracuda, grouper and snapper, schools of blue triggerfish and mackerel, as well as the occasional manta ray or shark.
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