Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu 🤿 Memorable Underwater Adventures

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Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu 🤿 Memorable Underwater Adventures

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Our experience snorkeling in Moalboal, Cebu was one of the highlights of our visit to the Philippines. This beautiful destination is known for its clear waters, stunning coral reefs, and diverse marine life. We were naturally excited to explore the underwater world and witness the beauty of the ecosystem.

Moalboal is located on the northern coast of Cebu, looking out towards Negros. We traveled to Moalboal by bus from Cebu city, then took a trike for the short journey to our resort on the coast.

We stayed at the T-Breeze Beach Resort, which offers a good selection of snorkeling gear for hire, including mask, fins, and a snorkel tube. The cost was around 200 pesos per session.

Access to the sea is via some stone steps, handy for sitting down and slipping on your snorkeling gear before setting off.

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Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu – To the Reef’s Edge

It’s about 50 meters out to the reef edge, where all the interesting creatures can be found (you’re unlucky if you don’t see a turtle). However, there are lots of colorful coral formations and small fish in the shallows: I even spotted the infamous striped sea snake (see slide show above).

Visibility is quite good as far as the reef drop-off. This area didn’t suffer as badly from earthquakes and tornadoes as other areas in the Philippines.

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu – Beautiful coral formations

Snorkeling off Moalboal was better in the afternoon than in the morning. In the afternoon, the sun is shining back in toward the reef (from the sea), providing better visibility, and much better photo/film opportunities.

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu – Much better light in the afternoon

The sheer drop-off to the depths from the reef edge is weirdly hypnotic. The visibility drops significantly, so a torch would be handy for any deeper excursions.

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu

Snorkeling in Moalboal Cebu – Drop-off from the reef edge

For photos and video, we used a compact Cannon Powershot camera, housed in a DICAPack waterproof case. Both of these items have worked well for us for the past three years, providing a simple and low-cost solution for underwater snaps and videoclips.

Pescador Island Snorkeling

Pescador Island is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in Moalboal. The island is a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland, and is a perfect destination for underwater explorers. The island has a diverse range of corals and marine life, including colorful schools of fish and sea turtles. The underwater scenery is stunning – a must-visit spot for anyone who loves snorkeling.

Sardine Run Snorkeling

The Sardine Run is a natural phenomenon that takes place in Moalboal. It is a unique snorkeling experience that involves swimming with a massive school of sardines. The sardines move in unison, creating a spectacular display of synchronized swimming. You can join this underwater spectacle, surrounded by thousands of sardines moving as one. An incredible experience you will never forget.

Our Snorkeling Experiences in Cebu Compared to Bohol

Snorkeling from Isla Hayahay on Pangangan Island in Bohol is less impressive, with lower visibility as well as noticeable damage from recent earthquakes.

In Barangay Magtongtong, on the other side of Pangangan island, I met a Norwegian resident who explained that the snorkeling and diving were much better there, and the underwater quake damage hardly noticeable.

Hotel options in Moalboal


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2 Comments

Dibyajyoti Mandal

January 24, 2024at 5:22 am

Hi,
Can you guide us with some information? My wife and I will be staying in hotel in Cebu. We wish to travel to Moalboal on rented scooter. After that can we rent snorkeling equipment from a shop? Can we go snorkeling near the coast on our own?
Also will it be better opt for a guided tour for snorkeling?
Thanks,
Dibyajyoti

    SandSpice

    January 30, 2024at 8:44 pm

    There are dive shops in Moalboal where you can rent snorkeling equipment. Of course you can go snorkeling on your own right off the beach, or hire a boat to take you out to some more remote reefs. You’ll get to see more in a shorter space of time if you take a snorkeling tour.

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