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Scuba Diving in Moalboal, Cebu, the Philippines

Water temperature:

25 - 31°C (27 - 88°F)


3mm wetsuit - shortie


10 - 30 metres (30 - 100 feet)

Type of diving:

Reefs, walls, wrecks

Marine life:

Turtles, frogfish, stonefish, remoras, lionfish, catfish, tangs, anthias, fusiliers etc

When to go:

Any time of year, although the dry season runs from November to May so offers better visibility

How to get there:

From the UK– Fly to Cebu City via Hong Kong then transfer to Moalboal by taxi

Moalboal Beach, the Philippines - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

There are plenty of dive centres to choose from with almost all of the ten or so accommodation resorts affiliated to one. Some guide books would suggest that you can only dive with the centre affiliated to your accommodation - not true: any of the dive centres will take you diving. We dived with Sea Quest just 30 seconds walk from our room at the Italian Corner, and right on the beach front. They were well equipped and more importantly happy to arrange their daily diving itinerary around us. We only spent two days here, but we dictated the timing of all our dives with the local guide providing "brief" information on sites and a pre-dive overview of the proposed dive plan. All the sites around Moalboal were within a short boat ride (up to 20 minutes max). The diving is mostly wall dives, even the house reef at Sea Quest dropped away vertically to hundreds of metres, within about 10 metres of the beach. There is also the wreckage of an aeroplane, which provided something a little different.

Moalboal is small, secluded and there are fresh fish restaurants if you walk along the coast from north to south (or vice versa). The town is no more than 1 km in length and the coast track narrows to around 2 metres in width in places with small bars and restaurants on both sides. Fish, squid and huge tiger prawns are laid out fresh for you to choose from, with an average meal costing in the region of 3 per person (including a beer or two). Beers range from 25 - 50p per bottle.

As with many places in the Philippines there is a blatant prostitution trade which encompasses child prostitution. Expect to see evidence of this during your travelling around the Philippines. I have just sat in a small bar for the past 30 minutes writing this and watched a Filipino girl who can have been no older than 14 approach, talk to and hassle (to say the least) a westerner. They have just left hand in hand. I have to say he was hardly able to stand due, I assume, to alcohol and was clearly targeted for this reason. The most unpleasant part of my trip so far.

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