Freediving in Moalboal
It has been several months since my last post here in my blog. As a return, I feature our latest underwater adventure in Moalboal,Cebu. Moalboal is one of the towns in the province (and island) of Cebu. It is very famous for its underwater marine life treasures. Lots of our people (particularly foreigners) come here to dive (freedive and scuba).
This was our second time in Moalboal. The first time we went there, only Elaine knew how to freedive. The rest of us were either wearing lifevests or are just floating on the surface. This time, fortunately, most of us know how to float and freedive.
Moalboal is really filled with beautiful underwater treasures. There is a huge group of sardines just swimming a few steps from the shore. There is a cliff drop just a few steps from the shore and perhaps from this feature allows nutrients from the bottom to rise providing food to the school of sardines.
There is also a marine turtle sanctuary. It is a place where sighting of sea turtles is almost always a guarantee. In both of our trips there, we were able to see several turtles swimming and sleeping and feeding. The turtle sanctuary also features a drop off. The top part (about 5-6 meters in most of the area) is filled with hard corals and lots of reef fishes. After this comes a cliff dropping off to probably 30 meters of more. The side of this cliff is also filled with marine wildlife.
Another diving destination in the town is Pescador Island. One side of the island has a small strip of shallow coral reefs (about 3-5 meters). After this is another cliff drop much deeper than that in marine turtle sanctuary. Most of the pictures here were taken from this side. The other side (we went there last time but not on this trip) is a much larger area of corals on shallow waters. The current, however, is much stronger, and people on lifevests are easy prey to being dragged with the current.
Another area for diving is Zaragosa Island but this is probably mostly for open-water scuba divers. We have not been to this place yet. The dive maps of Moalboal indicates that there are whale sharks, thresher sharks, manta rays and other sea creatures here.
The group includes myself, Eman, Oyet, Elaine, Myra and her sister Maji. Elaine’s friend, Bea, joined us there. Except for Myra and Maji, all of us are already comfortable in the sea and can make do without lifevests, just a mask, snorkel and fins. On our third and last day, Myra was finally able to snorkel without vests. A few more sea trips and she’ll be under the surface with us.
Moalboal is really a beautiful place and we were very very happy that we decided to come back here when we were able to appreciate more the things that the sea offers below its surface.