Moalboal Day Tour | Sardines Run, Pawikan Chasing, and White Seaside Basdako — Jea Wanders

Moalboal is a coastal city within the southwest facet of Cebu. It has wealthy marine life that’s why it’s standard amongst divers particularly with the Sardines Run expertise. That is the one place within the Philippines (and perhaps the entire world) the place you may witness a large sardines run all 12 months spherical! It’s additionally an awesome spot to witness sea turtles freely roaming across the Panagsama shores!

When you’re a traveler who loves good meals, one can find nice eats in Moalboal significantly close to Panagsama Seaside (alongside the Panagsama Street). It’s lined with numerous eating places, bars, and eateries, which we expect is in related ambiance with El Nido, Palawan. It’s so alive at night time (however whole silence takes place at 10 pm). We had our dinner at Lola’s Bar the night time earlier than our Moalboal day tour.

The city can be filled with funds accommodations and lodges particularly close to the Panagsama Seaside and White Seaside. You’ll not have a tough time securing a cushty and inexpensive lodging that you may simply walk-in and guide your keep proper on the spot (like we did). However after all if you happen to’re visiting throughout summer season season I counsel you to guide a reservation. We stayed at Moalboal Backpacker Lodge in Panagsama.


Day Tour in Moalboal

A fast roundup: We began with Sardines Run, then to Pawikan website, each alongside the Panagsama Seaside. After the tour we checked-out from our lodging and headed to White Seaside Basdako. We stayed on there for a few hours then traveled to Oslob to go to Sumilon Island.

You’ll be able to go to Pescador Island as a substitute when you have a full day for Moalboal in your itinerary. In our case, we wanted to spend the night time in Oslob due to some modifications in our itinerary (as a consequence of delayed flight). It’s doable to go to all of them in in the future by beginning with Panagsama (Sardines run + Pawikan) early within the morning, then Basdako White Seaside till early afternoon, and eventually Pescador Island. Or you may interchange them as you want.

If you wish to see our full itinerary you will discover it right here: South Cebu 3D2N Itinerary & Breakdown of Bills


Sardines Run in Panagsama Seaside, Moalboal

As I’ve talked about earlier, Panagsama Seaside in Moalboal is likely to be the one place the place you may witness a sardines run anytime of the 12 months! That’s why it’s standard amongst international vacationers as properly, to the purpose that there have been extra foreigners than native vacationers throughout our go to.


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At Panagsama Seaside. Snorkel becoming earlier than we swim to the sardines website!


We began the tour round 6am. Kuya Ed (our habal driver in Badian) really useful Kian Journey for the Panagsama tour. It’s 500 php per particular person together with snorkelling gears rental and an skilled information who will take us to the sardines run and pawikan website. Kuya Kian himself guided us on this tour!

You don’t want a ship to take you to the location. Kuya Kian dragged us via the water utilizing a life buoy/ring whereas we simply fortunately float and maintain onto the ring.


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Searching for the sardines run


After they say “all 12 months spherical”, they imply it! These sardines neither goes away, nor goes extinct (however you actually don’t need to go to on a foul climate). They could roam round and alter places however you’ll certainly discover them throughout the waters of Panagsama. That’s why you want a neighborhood information as a result of they’re those who know the place the sardines run often stays in particular occasions of the day.

Once I first noticed the sardines, I didn’t understand they’re there. I solely thought we went again to the shallow a part of the water as a result of at first look it seemed like a grassy seabed. I solely realized they’re quietly swimming proper beneath us after I seemed once more. It’s sooo large!


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Sardines Run throughout out Moalboal day tour


We didn’t attempt to dive (as a result of we will’t), we simply stayed on the floor of the water whereas watching them swim fortunately beneath us. We loved it as a result of they have an inclination to come back close to the floor so we have been nonetheless in a position to see them up shut! It’s sooo cool!

Kuya Kian took our GoPro and tried to dive deep and get nearer to them to take pictures and movies. He’s so skilled and actually took care of us (and our pictures!)


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Huge sardines run in Panagsama Seaside, Moalboal, Cebu


The key to having this large sardines run all 12 months spherical is the native authorities prohibiting web fishing within the space. They solely permit bait and spear fishing. That is to keep up the variety of the fish for tourism functions, and on the similar time present meals for the locals. After all they’re allowed to fish to supply meals for his or her households.

Our sardines tour took about an hour (together with the swimming to the location and in search of them). As soon as they alter location it means your session is completed. However if you wish to chase them to their new location you are able to do so, particularly if the time is just too quick. In our case, we headed to the Pawikan website by the point the sardines went away.


Chasing Pawikan in Panagsama Seaside, Moalboal

We swum for about 10 minutes to the Pawikan website. Kuya Kian dragged us to the location utilizing the life ring. He took us to the shore the place there are many grass.

Because it was excessive tide, the water covers this grassy shore, attracting the ocean turtles as grass is their favourite meal. As soon as the tide will get low, the turtles can be within the deep waters so will probably be harder to identify them. And because of this it’s worthwhile to be sure that it’s excessive tide in Panagsama!


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Discovered a pawikan!


We noticed an enormous sea turtle very quickly! We discovered this lovable creature munching on some grass as if there’s no tomorrow! Appears to be like like he’s already used to the rising and falling of the tides and he is aware of that in just a few second the grassy shore can be uncovered to the air.

It wasn’t tough to chase him as a result of he’s so busy consuming. It appeared that he’s so used to people already, as a result of he wasn’t minding us as we watch him from a 6-ft distance (the water was about 6-ft and we’re simply floating on the floor).

The opposite sea turtles haven’t arrived for his or her meal but, perhaps we’re too early (it was previous 7am). However we’re glad that we noticed one large pawikan! It’s true that your day tour in moalboal isn’t full with out seeing these beautiful creatures!


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Chasing pawikan in Moalboal
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Busy munching on some grass!


Kuya Kian was convincing us to dive a little bit nearer to the pawikan (however not too shut) for image taking. However we had physique pains and nonetheless drained as a consequence of yesterday’s canyoneering journey (nabigla po yung katawan naming puro work at home). We’re completely satisfied and contented watching the turtle comfortably from the water’s floor.

After half an hour watching, chasing, and taking footage, the pawikan was finished consuming and went away. It was nonetheless excessive tide and we may anticipate different sea turtles to reach. However we determined to finish the tour so we may go to Basdako White Seaside and have our breakfast there.

Kuya Kian known as a tricycle for us. We chartered it and agreed to pay 500 php to take us to White Seaside, then to the Bus Terminal after the tour. We checked-out from our lodging in Panagsama and left the place round 8am, with out having a shower since we can be swimming once more later in White Seaside.


White Seaside Basdako, Moalboal

The tricycle trip from Panagsama to White Seaside took about 25 minutes. We paid 10 php every for the doorway price, except for the 25 php vacationer cross. By the best way, our vacationer cross was organized by Kuya Kian earlier than we left Panagsama.

There’s quite a bit eateries by the seaside so we simply discovered our consolation meals for breakfast very quickly. Surprisingly, White Seaside felt much less touristy than Panagsama. The ambiance right here is extra sitio-feels since there’s only some institutions in comparison with Panagsama, which we didn’t anticipate.


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Basdako White Seaside
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At Basdako White Seaside, Moalboal


White Seaside has nice white sands and turquoise water. It’s superb as a result of eventhough the sky was cloudy, the water remains to be vibrant! There’s a variety of seaweeds which is okay so long as there’s no rubbish. The waves have been fairly sturdy throughout our go to.

We simply explored, took pictures, and rested right here for greater than an hour.


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With my sis-in-law at White Seaside Moalboal
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Grabbed picture of mine from my sis’ fone


Since we nonetheless have one vacation spot left for the day, we simply partially washed up the saltwater on our pores and skin and adjusted garments earlier than we left White Seaside. We paid 10 php for every bucket of water that we used for laundry up.

Ideally, we may keep longer in Moalboal and go to Pescador Island however we had restricted time. As a result of we nonetheless want to move to Oslob for our Sumilon Island tour and spend the night time in Oslob. I’ll write about our expertise in Oslob quickly!


Journey Information

For these of you who’re planning to go to Moalboal quickly, right here’s a information that can assist you arrange your journey!


Tips on how to get to Moalboal?

From Cebu Metropolis:

Go to South Bus Terminal and take a bus going to Bato by way of Barili. Journey time is roughly 4 hours. Take notice that you should take a bus going to “Bato by way of Barili” and never “Bato by way of Oslob”.

Inform the bus attendant that you just’re going to Moalboal. Certainly, they know the place to drop you off as they’re already used to guests going there.

From Badian:

When you’re already in Badian, it’s a 45-min to 1-hour journey to Moalboal. You’ll be able to take a bus from the primary highway, or lease a habal-habal (bike) for round 200 php.

From Oslob:

Take a bus from Oslob to Bato (fare is round 40-50 php), then from Bato, trip one other bus sure for Cebu Metropolis (these buses will cross by Moalboal). Journey time can be greater than 2 hours and fare is round 100 php.


Observe: When you’re in Moalboal, It’s only a quick tricycle or habal-habal trip to your vacation spot.


The place to E-book Sardines Run + Pawikan Web site Tour?

When you get to Panagsama there’s a variety of tour guides awaiting you. In our case, Kuya Ed (our habal driver from Kawasan) took us on to Kian Journey. Kuya Kian is so skilled and actually took care of us throughout our tour so we extremely suggest him on your Moalboal day tour!

Another choice is to guide a mixed tour for Panagsama Sardines Run and Pawikan + Kawasan Canyoneering by way of Klook!

E-book it right here:
Sardines Run, Pawikan Web site, and Kawasan Canyoneering Tour

That is cool because you’ll need to do just one reserving for the excursions!

You too can guide your Pescador Island tour by way of Klook:
Pescador Island Tour


The place to E-book a Keep in Moalboal?

After all, we suggest Moalboal Backpacker Lodge in Panagsama. It’s budget-friendly, comfy, and close to eating places and excursions.

However in order for you hassle-free superior reserving, you may guide your keep by way of Agoda. It’s straightforward and you may rating reductions!

Listed here are some suggestions:


West Coast Seaside Home

Charges: Begin at 421
E-book it right here: West Coast Seaside Home


Nirvana Bamboo & Dive Resort

Charges: Begins at ₱667
E-book it right here: Nirvana Bamboo & Dive Resort


Coconut Inn Moalboal

Charges: Begins at ₱607
E-book it right here: Coconut Inn Moalboal



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