Diving the Sardine Run in Moalboal, Philippines
We have detailed our journey from Cebu to Moalboal, together with our kick-ass canyoneering adventure at Kawasan Falls in our previous blog, click here.
Diving the Sardine Run Prequel: Pescadores Island
Diving day beckons. Our first dive with Cece, (Quo Vadis, do stay here as it looked lovely) as our Divemaster was a wall dive off Pescadores Island. The current was very strong so that made the descent a little tough. Visibility could have been better but we managed to see 4 different types of scorpion fish, a lizard fish, which I thought was a complete cutie and some trumpet fish amongst others.
This was our first wall dive and definitely the strongest current that either of us have encountered in our short diving careers. There are few diving tools that we are beginning to wish we had:
- Dive socks; both of us are getting blisters from the borrowed fins; and
- Dive computer; it would be so comforting to know that if we got lost we would still be able to control our timings, depth and importantly our ascent.
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The Main Event: Diving The Sardine Run
Back onto the boat we headed for the Sardines dive site. The moment that we have all been waiting for. The sardine run is quite unique seen only in Moalboal and South Africa. With the waters being much warmer in Moalboal, I think the we’ve made the right choice. Off we went with Cece into quite a crowded dive site. Almost immediately the lights went out. The sardines were above. It was an incredible sight to see the amount of fish and the beautiful shapes they make. Apparently, they do not like divers’ bubbles so there is always a glint of light above you. Very cool. There is a lot of sardine poop though, so a shower is needed after this one!!
We also saw a resting turtle, banded pipe fish, a yellow box fish (Greg’s favourite) and a blue ring octopus. This was very exciting as apparently, it’s rare to see them. Cece was beside herself with excitement, Greg was blasé. He likes the big stuff! I was excited as I’d seen a picture of one before the dive and thought that it was so pretty. Yay us!
The Sardine Run Sequel: White Beach
During the afternoon, we hired the scooter again and headed for White Beach. After a few wrong turns, we made it. Disappointingly, it was very skanky. I wouldn’t recommend to anyone. Filthy, so we headed back to Moalboal instead.
We spent the evening watching a beautiful sunset, as the Philippines are renowned for, and drinking beer. San Miguel is in fact Filipino, and lovely! Maybe my new favourite beer, next to Shiner Bock. For dinner, we returned to the Pleasuredome.
Tomorrow we have a mammoth journey to Siquijor, but we can’t wait.
Have you been to Moalboal? Have you dived the Sardine Run? Anything to add, leave us comments below.