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Diving around the Moalboal peninsula on the west coast of Cebu Island is possible year round. There are about 25 recognised dive sites, with many more being discovered all the time.

The range of dive sites is excellent with healthy hard coral reefs, vertical walls, cathedral like caves, canyons and caverns; the majority being 5-20 minutes boat ride away depending on your chosen resort. The area is suitable for snorkellers.

Popular with photographers, there is a health biodiversity of macro life on the reefs, especially at Discovery Point. Expect to see ornate ghost pipefish, shrimp, porcelain crabs, nudibranch and a plethora of reef fish.

Pescador Island is a must for more experienced divers. Here you’ll dive the cathedral, along the wall, search for smaller life on the plateaus and look out for larger marine life in the blue. Turtles are seen on most dives and mandarin fish can be seen courting in the shallows of Talisay Wall at twilight. One of the main draws for divers is the permanent sardine baitball which attracts larger marine life such as tuna and jacks; it’s a unique diving experience. You may even be lucky and get a glimpse of a whale shark. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, mandarin fish, giant frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish, whale shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Island Hopping Dive Safari

Choose from five exceptional diving locations in the Visayas region of the Philippines. Enjoy stress free diving adventures as you island hop between them, exploring everything from macro life to pelagics.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Visayas Liveaboard

These liveaboard trips operate throughout the year to the Visayas, one of the best diving locations in the Philippines. Highlights include outstanding macro life in Dauin and Malapascua's thresher sharks.

  • When to go: Jun-Feb
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,395 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip

Discover the Visayas

This popular itinerary offers divers the chance of thresher shark encounters in Malapascua, a unique dive with a resident sardine baitball in Moalboal and plenty of time to discover the islands of the Visayas region.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,045 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Magic Dive Experience

Diving in the Philippines doesn’t get much better than this. Experience the magical combination of two dedicated dive resorts located in the Visayas region, famous for its stunning dive sites.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,145 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Magic Island Resort

Located on the southern tip of Moalboal, this intimate dive resort with just ten cottages offers a relaxed way of life and some magical dive sites to discover. A twin centre is available with Magic Oceans Resort.

Turtle Bay Dive Resort

Overlooking Moalboal Bay with spectacular views of the mountains of Cebu and the neighbouring island of Negros, this small resort comprises 27 rooms, all set amongst tropical landscaped gardens.

Kasai Village Beach Resort

Located near the fishing village of Moalboal, this small resort is suited to divers and also nature lovers. It has on-site dive centre and there are a variety of excursions on offer to visit the surrounding jungle.