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MOALBOAL ... the diving paradise of cebu

The municipality of Moalboal is a 4th class municipality lies in Southwest coast of the Province of Cebu. Moalboal has been spotted, identified and is a famed tourist destination for both local and foreign nationals. It has a laudable coastlines, beautiful and real white sandy beaches. A magnificent underwater paradise - one of the best scuba dive capitals of the world.  Moalboal is approximately eighty-nine (89) road kilometers from Cebu City. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of Alcantara, the Municipality of Badian in the South, west by Tañon Strait and the Municipality of Argao in the East. It can be reached by bus or car in 2 ½ hours more or less from Cebu City. Anyone can enjoy the warm, pristine waters, and the fine white sand. It is popularly known as the "Diving Paradise of Cebu" due to its white sandy beaches, beautiful corals and different underwater creatures especially around Pescador Island. The most fascinating of all is the underwater world, interlaced with awesome and beautiful corals "KAGASANGAN" and a variety of sea flora and fauna which is considered as the jewel and gem of Moalboal. Moalboal is composed of 15 barangays.  It has a total land area of 7,290.96 has. and a population of 27,398 based on 2005 survey.  Moalboal celebrates its town fiesta every May 16 in honor of Patron Saint, San Juan Nepomuceno and on every 15th of May, you can see and watch the "KAGASANGAN FESTIVAL".  It is a presentation of street dancing and ritual showdown participated in by the different barangays.

Besides our wonderful beaches, our town takes pride in its heritage and culture.  Our town is endowed with rich culture and heritage and which are worth to be seen and appreciated.  One can write a history visiting the town's heritage, Our Town, Our Place, Our Pride...


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White Beach




Location : Saavedra

Type of Activity : Sand and Sea bathing , beach volleyball, snorkeling, wind surfing 
Facilities ; Cottages , Dive Center, Dining for international cuisine

Situated at Brgy. Saavedra, spacious place for sea outing. It has a lot of fine white sand to offer, ideal for sun bathing, snorkelling and even jet skiing. The sea waters will really tempt anyone.






Panagsama Beach







Location : Basdiot
Type of activity: Swimming , diving , snorkeling , hiking
Facilities : Cottages, Restaurants, Dive Center, Diving School, Nightlife, Dining for local and international cuisine

A paradise for scuba divers! It has numerous beach resorts offering luxurious amenities, full service aqua sports , serving European, American, Asian, Filipino cuisine and a splendid night life by the beach. The diving schools and dive centers can teach you the skills and techniques in scuba diving. Hence, you will enjoy diving in this wonderful place at Moalboal..

Panagsama Beach in Moalboal is just 4 km from the town center of Moalboal. The beach strip invites for a leisurely stroll, lots of open-air bars (Chili Bar, Beach Bar, Red Banana and others), restaurants, some more beach resorts and dive centers, street vendors peddling fruits, fresh caught fish, colorful T-Shirts or massage services. If you want to explore the small country town of Moalboal, take a motorbike with sidecar, called tricycle, and within 10 minutes you are in Moalboal town. In Moalboal you will find a bustling market, eateries, fruit stands, bakeries and on the other side of the road, near the sea, the fish market. The famous Orchid Gallery, a tropical garden sized several hectares, is just 2 km away. You can walk over to the Orchid Gallery, where you will find lush tropical garden, a swimming pool, a little private zoo with exotic birds and monkeys and an orchid plantation.

Panagsama Beach is the located in the west side of the peninsula, about 4km from town proper. Actually Panagsama Beach is an old fishing village, some remnants of the old village are still entwined within the beach resorts, restaurants and dive centers and give the beach its unique charme and atmosphere.



Marine Sanctuaries

At Brgys. Basdiot, Tuble & Saavedra, a home of different corals and various schools of fish. These Marine Sanctuaries will really usher you to the moment of amusement and amazement. Our variety of colourful corals is our gateway to the global arena. The corals with its surrounding flora and fauna will surely bring you to the paradise of the marine world. One will experience awe and wonder in the underwater

Busay Cave and Spring

Location: Busay

Type of Activity : Cave with stalactites and stalagmites inside, source of potable water

Busay Spring is located at Brgy. Busay. It is in this underground spring where the town get its potable water supply. Busay cave has Stalactites and Stalagmites.


Pescador Island

Pescador Island

Pescador Island is a small limestone island in the Tañon Strait, 3km of the western coast of Cebu Island in the Philippines. It is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Moalboal, Cebu. The marine habitat around the island is a marine reserve, protected by the Moalboal Municipal Water User's Fee System for 2006 in accordance with Resolution No. 044-2006.

However it is just a marine park by name as the local fisherman spear fish exhaustively the entire reef. Experienced divers notice the lack of large fish compared to other similar areas such as the nearby Apo Island. Local dive operators concede that the economic benefit to Moalboal derived from the dive tourism is far greater than the traditional fisherman's and the current abuse of the area is resulting in a decline of the islands attraction to scuba divers. Fisherman also have been using rocks as anchors destroying coral and continually entangle the delicate coral with their nylon fishing lines.

From a divers perspective it is an ideal dive site having easy access from the shore (a 10 minute 3 km boat ride from Panagsama Beach) and a great range of dive sites from shallow to deep dives and snorkeling. Accessible all year round in all but extreme storm conditions it provides consistently interesting diving.

All proceeds from sales of the entrance tags and tickets are managed by the Municipality of Moalboal and Moalboal Dive Center Association (MDCA) and government officials and villagers from the Municipality of Moalboal. The Municipality of Moalboal and Moalboal Dive Center Association (MDCA) and government officials and villagers from the Municipality of Moalboal will utilize these funds to finance a number of high priority conservation programs in the Municipality, including patrols and enforcement to abolish destructive fishing, village improvement programs within the Municipality, collection and disposal of plastic and other wastes entering the Municipality waters, marine conservation education of village children and adults, and reef and mangrove rehabilitation.

The waters of Moalboal Marine Park are extremely deep (600 m in Tañon Straight), clear (up to 35-40 m visibility), refreshing in temperature (27-29 °C) and harbor some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Although the exact number of fish species is unknown, it may be slightly higher than in, where 2,500 species, or nearly 70% of all fish species known to the Indo-western Pacific, are found. In the Phillippine and Moalboal waters one can find more than 2,500 species of fish.

The uninhabited island itself has an automated lighthouse and access steps on the north and east sides

The ultimate dive destination for scuba divers not only locally but globally. Your underworld experience is worth the travel. Consider the variety of marine flora and fauna not to exclude the variety of corals.

We can reach this highlight of this area in about fifteen minutes by boat. Spectacular wall diving with big fish schools, sometimes sharks and barracudas. Beautiful coral gardens with a large variety of coral fishes and very often giant frogfishes. The special place called CATHEDRAL, an exciting vertical tunnel to dive through starting from 15 down to 35 meters.

Magpayong Rocks

The scenic unmbrella-shaped rock formation can be visibly seen at Magpayong, Saavedra. See it and you will really say; it is awesome!

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The common mode of transportation is by motorcycles with side cars, known locally as pedicabs or, depending on the distance, tricycles with side cars, called tri-sikad. However, due to the burgeoning economy of the whole province, tiny jeepneys or multicabs can now be seen in many of the rural areas, transporting people from Moalboal to many of its nearby towns.



Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 07:50