As I fin forward, the light around me takes on anΒ eerie, inky hue. I crane my neck to either side, before realising that swimming above me are millions of sardines, their school so thick that they block out much of the ambient light…

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Going to school in Moalboal

Every few metres, you see a new sardine ball drifting in the seas. It’s like school has let out and they’re just hanging around at the nearby mall πŸ™‚

This was a really easy dive – the sardines just hang out around the shore of Panagsama beach which meant that we walked into the water from the beach in front of Savedra Dive Centre. It was an amazing sight to see – I’ve only seen huge schools like this in Sipadan, in the Tulamben wreck of Bali (schools of jacks) and during my LOB trip in the Similan Islands.

Somehow, the fishermen have avoided overfishing the sardines as it is a huge tourist draw to this Cebuan town.

I’ll still make it to the Great Sardine Run of Africa one day – but for now, seeing this huge balls of Sardines in the balmy tropical waters of Moalboal was simply breathtaking πŸ™‚

 

TL;DR

  • Recommended diving experience: Open Water Diver
  • Great for: Sardine Ball, Airplane Wreck & others (We only had time to do the Sardine Shore dive & Pescador Island dive)
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