If you are visiting Cebu one of the things that you can’t miss: Sardine Run Moalboal. It’s so impressive activity to do in Moalboal. Just grabbing a snorkeling mask and you will be ready for the Moalboal Sardine Run. How easy and we will explain step by step how to do it.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT SARDINE RUN MOALBOAL
Cebu only has 2 seasons – sunny and rainy – and sunshine tramps rain most days of the year. May to October is the rainy season but even during the rainy season, you can expect occasional sunny days.
The dry season is from November to April. The dry season is the best time to visit Moalboal where you can enjoy sunny days around the beach. And the best time for Sardine Run Moalboal is the whole year. You will find Moalboal sardines anytime in the year.
GETTING TO MOALBOAL SARDINE RUN
If you are coming from Cebu City to Moalboal Sardine Run. You will have to get a bus from South Bus Terminal in Cebu City. It will take 3 hours to reach Moalboal town. Bus prices are around 120-140 PHP some of them with air conditioned some without.
Once in Moalboal town you can get a tricycle to Panagsama Beach around 4 kilometers for 100 PHP. There are a few places to stay and it’s the best area for exploring Moalboal.
If you are staying around Badian to see Kawasan Falls best way is renting a motorbike around 500 PHP for the whole day. But you can also take the public bus and later the tricycle to Panagsama Beach.
PRIVATE TRANSFER CEBU TO MOALBOAL
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SARDINE RUN MOALBOAL
If you want to do Moalboal sardine run you should know that you don’t even need to plan in advance to visit Moalboal sardines. If you go to Pangsama Beach in Moalboal just grab your snorkeling gear and you will have to swim 20 meters far from the sea shore. You will spot them so easy without being a really good diver.
It was so incredible to see thousand of sardines in Moalboal. We only saw them while doing snorkeling. But if you like diving the experience will be amazing for sure in Moalboal!
We did twice on an island hopping tour included Pescador Island but next day we did snorkeling on our own. It’s only 20 meters far the spot from Panagsama Beach. So please if you aren’t a good swimmer rent a life jacket. We got one for Han since he wasn’t so confident at that time and it was quite a bit distance for a 5 years old kid.
We always recommend to bring your snorkeling mask when visiting the Philippines because everyday you will see an opportunity to use it. But if you aren’t bringing you will be able to rent your snorkeling mask for around 200 PHP which is $4 USD for the whole day with fins included and lifejacket. You will find rental shops around Panagsama Beach.
You can see the Sardine Run Moalboal as part of Island hopping in Moalboal and canyoneering. And also you can dive if you are interested there are a few schools around Panagsama Beach.
APART FROM MOALBOAL SARDINE RUN
We already wrote a full blog post about how to get to Kawasan Falls. Just rent a motorcycle or go there by bus. You can´t miss Kawasan Falls when visiting Moalboal. If you like adventure, you can also do canyoneering which you will absolutely love!
RENT A TRANSPARENT KAYAK
We rented a Kayak but not the usual one. It was a transparent kayak which we enjoyed a lot because the water is so clear and you can see where is the right place to snorkel.
For the rental Kayak is only for guests at Pescador Seaview Resort (check below the pictures). It costs 150 PHP for 15 minutes and first 15 minutes are free of charge.
TURTLE SPOT IN MOALBOAL
From all of them that we practiced in Cebu. Moalboal snorkeling was our favorite one. You can do on your own. Just 5 minutes swimming and we were able to spot turtles and many fishes.
Make sure you are bringing your snorkeling mask as we always do. If you are staying around Panagsama Beach you will be able to rent a snorkeling mask.
WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL
We stayed at Pescadores Sea View Resort, and we recommend our stay 100%. The staff is super friendly and here you can enjoy a delicious local breakfast. There are board games and a pool table available in the reception area.
If you want to do activities like snorkeling and kayaking, they will provide the gear for FREE if you are a guest. The beach is really nice for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. You can even see turtles not so far from the seashore.
Not to mention that taking pictures here or flying a drone were really awesome because of the stunning views. And the sunset, who doesn´t like to enjoy a magical sunset after an amazing day swimming and kayaking?
QUO VADIS DIVE RESORT
Quo Vadis Dive Resort is in front of Panagsama Beach and is it 1.9 mi away from the town of Moalboal. It is one of the top rated location is Moalboal. It offers a free airport shuttle, swimming pool, it also has free WiFi, and also offers free breakfast. You can choose from 6 room categories. Room rates for $43 up to $150.
WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL ON A BUDGET
MoHo offers accommodation in Moalboal and it is 39 mi away from Tagbiliran Airport. The place offers free WiFi, airport shuttle, free parking and certain units has its own seating area. They offer dormitory rooms for as low as $5 to $10. The $10 dorm room has its own aircon.
JJ’s Place is 5 minutes walk from Panagsama Beach. And it is also walking distance to bar and restaurants. The place has a free WiFi, airport shuttle, has a bar, and also offer a wonderful breakfast. You can choose from 4 rooms categories. Room rates starts to $5 for their dorm room and $12 for their Budget double room and Deluxe Room.
While Moalboal and Cebu in general is a very safe place, having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe not only while you’re in Moalboal, but even for your any of your trips around the world.
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