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Pescador Island

Snorkel and scuba dive off this tiny island for underwater encounters with sharks, sardines, octopuses and many other types of fascinating sea creatures.

Swim past a swirling vortex of sardines, explore an underwater cave and see a rich variety of marine life when you go diving at Pescador Island, one of the most popular scuba destinations in Moalboal. It is located a few miles off the western coast of Cebu.

The island is a small rocky outcrop with a diameter of about 160 feet (50 meters), surrounded by a shallow reef that varies in depth. It takes its name from the many fishermen who fish in the warm waters, as pescador means fisherman in Spanish.

Organize your trip from dive operators at Moalboal's Panagsama Beach. Many cater for all experience levels, including novices. The boat journey to dive sites takes between 10 and 25 minutes. If underwater diving doesn’t interest you, snorkel off Pescador Island or relax listening to the sounds of waves hitting the rocks.

Many dives start at the southern end of the island. Study the sponges, sea fans and brightly colored fish in the shallower parts of the reef. Then dive the rocky wall that plunges to a depth of more than 130 feet (40 meters) and is covered with hard corals.

Go to the west side of the island and enter the huge open-top underwater cavern called the Cathedral. Encounter such marine life as octopuses, moray eels, frogfish, lionfish, barracuda and snappers. Look up for a magnificent view of the surface as sunlight penetrates the water.

One of the major highlights of a dive at Pescador Island is the sardine run. Watch as schools of hundreds of thousands of sardines move through the water en masse. During your dive you may also see turtles, thresher sharks and whale sharks.

After your undersea adventure, consider diving at other sites that are close to Pescador Island. These include Tuble Reef, Talisay Wall, the small caves of Tongo Point and shore diving off Panagsama Beach.


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Lodging Near Pescador Island

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$56
Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal

Quo Vadis Dive Resort Moalboal

Panagsama Beach, Moalboal
4.1
of 5, from 76 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Moalboal hotel is 6.2 mi (10 km) from Ronda Public Market and 6.4 mi (10.2 km) from Ronda Wharf.

$42
Marcosas Cottage Resort

Marcosas Cottage Resort

Panagsama, Basdiot, Moalboal
4.3
of 5, from 57 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this resort is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Naomi's Bottle Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moalboal Market and Moalboal Pier. Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

$77
Turtle Bay Dive Resort

Turtle Bay Dive Resort

Tongo Point, Moalboal
3.9
of 5, from 31 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Moalboal resort is 6.2 mi (10 km) from 3 hole Golf Course and 6.4 mi (10.3 km) from Ronda Wharf.

$62
Parrot Resort Moalboal

Parrot Resort Moalboal

Panagsama Road, Basdiot, Moalboal
4.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Naomi's Bottle Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moalboal Market and Moalboal Pier. Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$38
Pescadores Seaview Suites

Pescadores Seaview Suites

Basdiot, Moalboal
3.9
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Moalboal hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal.

$12
Johnnil's Tourist Inn

Johnnil's Tourist Inn

Panagsama, Moalboal
2.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Naomi's Bottle Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Moalboal Market and Moalboal Pier. Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

Sampaguita Resort

Sampaguita Resort

Tongo Point, Moalboal
4.0
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Moalboal, this beach resort is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Moalboal Market and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Moalboal Pier.

Sumisid Lodge

Sumisid Lodge

Panagsama Beach, Moalboal
4.0
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Moalboal resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Naomi's Bottle Museum, Moalboal Pier, and Moalboal Market. Gaisano Grand Mall Moalboal is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.