Pescador Island, Moalboal

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At the picturesque volcanic outcrop of Pescador Island, you'll find a huge amount of marine life, from shoals of sardines thousands strong, to roaming sea turtles. The island's name translates as "fisherman" from Spanish, due to its long-standing reputation as a fishing spot among the locals and the Philippines' Spanish colonial history. With the calm, clear, and temperate waters harboring more than 2,500 species of fish, it has now become a renowned diving spot and a protected marine park. Diving here, you can explore a plunging coral sea wall populated by various creatures throughout the depths. White tip sharks lurk in the deeper waters, while colorful tropical species frequent the coral of the shallows. Look out for the famous subaquatic volcanic formation known as the "the Cathedral," an open-top cavern which offers exciting exploration opportunities for divers. Take a look at our Moalboal trip planner to schedule your visit to Pescador Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Went diving there twice (both east and west side). On the first dive we saw lots of turtles. On the second dive we saw a lot of shrimps and frogfish. The visibility wasn't the best. It has been rainin...  more »
  • Pescador is an island situated in Moalboal with magical underwater fish and coral reefs! From Moalboal public beach, we took a pump boat and shared a rental fee of 187php per head (we were 7 people). ...  more »
  • Unusual hanging soft corals leading to the "Cathedral" cavern, Giant Frogfish, Banded Pipefish among other bigger fish and Shoals of small reef fish hanging with the Green Turtle on top of the reef.  more »
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  • Roam around, you will get a really nice Taiwanese experience
  • 5 START, it really is a good diving sites, different species of color full fish and colors, the water so clear. Will go back there again. I really love this place.
  • Great snorkeling experience minus the glass eels that made the experience somewhat itchy.
  • Finding Dory is easy here in Pescador Island. Once you dive in the clear waters of Pescador you'll be greeted with school of blue tang fishes swimming just a few feet below your boat. After a long, storm-tossed ride my group arrived in Pescador Island. To get here we rented a motorized outrigger canoe. The boat ride itself is part of the fun as splashes of waves greets you as the boat floats in contrast to the incoming waves. Tip#1: To get to Pescador there are plenty of pump boat operators anchored in Panagsama Beach where you can charter for use. Tip#2: Be wary though, not sure if this is a running scam. As part of the ride's courtesy, the operator would allow you to use their snorkeling gears and life vest. MAKE SURE to count all their snorkeling gears cause if a mask is lost (mysteriously even if you not using one) they will charge you P1,000 for the lost gear.
  • A great place for snorkeling and for scuba diving.

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Where to stay in Moalboal

The main town of Moalboal lies as the foot of the National Highway, but this urban area isn't really what tourists, tour operators, and travel agents mean when they say Moalboal. The area where the vast majority of visitors stay lies just to the west, along Panagsama Road. This west coast area has a couple of clusters of accommodations, located next to the two main beaches. Ranging from hostels and guesthouses fit for all-action backpackers and divers, to luxury resorts catering to pampered spa-goers, this part of Moalboal caters to the whole spectrum of sea-loving tourists.
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