On our second day in Moalboal, we spent half of our day in the sea, basking on Cebu’s blessed underwater treasures. After our adventure at Kawasan Falls, Kuya Arnel ushered us to our next stop: Basdaku Beach and the beautiful corals of Moalboal.
Basdaku beach is around 15 minutes from our hostel in Panagsama. It has a wonderful white sand and clear blue waters. This is actually where you can pitch your tent and do your usual beach bumming — which unfortunately, Cza and I were not aware of. We thought Panagsama Beach is the way to go because of its cheap hostels, but little did we know that it was actually the haven of the divers and we could not stay on the sand until the wee hours of the night.
The white sand of Basdaku Beach
Where to rent a bangka
Where you’ll go
A sneak peak of the island!
Destination #1: PESCADOR ISLAND
A couple of minutes from the shore, Pescador Island houses beautiful coral reefs and an abundant fish sanctuary. You can bring bread to attract fishes to your direction, perfect for underwater photos. The view is just breath taking. Best experienced with an underwater camera and 20/20 vision (both of which I don’t have). Here are some photos that we captured through Cza’s cam:
DESTINATION #2: Turtle Sanctuary
There are also a lot of turtles living in the island BUT they only go out in the morning. It is advisable to go there at 7AM-11AM, when they are still very active. Unfortunately, when we got there, it was already 2PM, and we weren’t able to spot anything. They usually sleep during that time, and the waters are pretty dark (it’s really deep) so the chances of seeing them on the sea floor is very little, too.
DESTINATION #3: Sardine Run
DESTINATION #4: Coral Sanctuary
Love the under water? Here are other things that you can do while in Moalboal
Oslob Whale Shark Watching
This has been a huge attraction in Oslob, which is just a couple of hours from Moalboal. This is usually done in the morning, around 5am. Seeing them is just wonderful, I know, but I still kind of feel bad about trapping them, as feeding these gentle giants make them incapable of surviving the wild.
This usually comes with the island hopping package that we had, but only in the wee hours of the morning. Call time would be around 5AM at Basdaku beach, and it costs Php 500.00 more than our package.
And then, of course, there’s diving. If we enjoyed snorkeling a lot, then imagine if you can dive and see the corals and fishes more up close! I still dream of diving, but the deep waters terrify me in a weird way. Oh well, maybe someday.
Here’s a breakdown of our budget. There were four of us in the boat, so we eventually saved a couple of bucks from that. 🙂
Php 2,500.00 – Boat (625/head)
Php 15.00 – Bread
Php 50.00 – Lunch
Total: Php 690.00
How about you? Have you ever been to Moalboal? And do you enjoy snorkeling? Share your experience below and I might list down your favorite snorkel destination on my next trip! 🙂