The MOST popular snorkel dive spot in Philippines.
Wednesday 14 February 2018 06:27 GMT
On Cebu Island, the snorkeling at Moalboal is known for its variety of hard and soft corals. When snorkeling in Moalboal, you can expect to find sea turtles, reef sharks and occasional whale sharks. In addition to Moalboal, which is on the west coast of Cebu, the town of Oslob on the southeast tip is also popular with snorkelers looking to go out with whale sharks. Both towns can be reached by bus from Cebu City. While snorkeling off Cebu Island, make sure to use a diver down flag since the boaters tend to drive fast and be unaware of snorkelers in the water. This area is part of the Tuble Marine Sanctuary.
The best Moalboal snorkeling can be found around Pescador Island, which is southwest offshore of Moalboal. There are daily snorkel boats to Pescador Island and there are several mooring balls. Keep an eye out for the heavy boat traffic. Unlike most places to see whale sharks, this area has high visibility.
The Philippine archipelago consists of over 7,100 islands stretching 1,840km and presents a snorkelers paradise. The warm, crystal clear waters are a haven for diverse marine life. With visibility up to 60m, the waters of the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Celebes Sea and South China Sea are habitat to 400 species of coral and over 2,000 species of fish including sharks, rays and turtles.
Overall, the Philippines are divided into the three main tourist regions, from south to north, of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. Each region has numerous tropical beaches and shallow reefs. The best time of year for snorkeling in the Philippines is the cool and dry months of December through March. The months of June to October are the rainiest months and are known to have typhoons.
To reach the Philippines from other countries, most people fly into Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) located on the south side of Manila in the Luzon region. It is served by 30 international airlines. Alternately, there are five other smaller international airports including Mactan-Cebu International Airport (CEB) in Lapu-Lapu City (serving Australia, Singapore and Japan), Davao Airport (serving Indonesia and Singapore), Clark Airport, Subic Airport and Laoag Airport. Once in the Philippines, the main inter-island airlines are Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines. In addition to inter-island airlines, many of the 7,100 islands are interconnected by small ferry companies (usually very crowded). Recently, a newer high-speed SuperFerry has started to connect some of the islands and is known to be less crowded.
Overall, Moalboal is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 30 snorkeling dives in Philippines.