Panagsama beach a 10 minute tricycle ride from Moalboal is a great little laid back place, at least it was when I was there in low season. This is not really a beach beach but defiantly places where you can go swimming if you look for them. Stayed for 5 days and that was just enough to do a few things but at the same time not do to much. Here are my top three things to do while in Moalboal.
Dive With Thousands and Tousands of Sardines
Cebu Dive centre is the best dive centre I ever come across, maybe thats a bit of a big statement for me to do since this is only the second dive centre i ever dealt with!!! Still I must say that it was awesome, everyone from the owner to all staff was so friendly and the place had a nice relaxed bar and a bit of sandy beach… This was my first dive since I did my open water certificate about half a year ago so asked to get some extra reminders and support before going in to water. I got to dive with a girl called Kat which just become a dive instructor and she was great. It was also another girl diving with us who also hadn't dived since she did her open water cert a few months earlier.
After some reminders and instructions from Kat we got our gear and ourself ready, since we were diving at the house reef we just walked in to the water, swam out a bit and then descended. In the beginning the other girl had some big problems descending so I just had to hang around under water and wait while Kat was helping her. But after a few minutes we were on our way again. Diving at this site was so cool, there are so many sardines everywhere. There are times you completely surrounded by them and then they all of the sudden swim away and the reflection pattern you get is amazing. There was also times when it all of the sudden felt that you had big black thunder clouds above you but then at a closer look it was just more sardines.
Did another dive at another dive site a couple of hours later but not as impressive but still good. As a matter of fact I was so happy with the sardine dive that I decided to do it again the next day again!
Canyoning at Kawasan Fall
Some people do this on there own but I decided to go with a guide that could show me the way. This would also mean that I would be picked up at the hostel so no need to rent scooter or get other transport. Rumours had it that it would be less people around if I did it in the afternoon so signed myself up for the 1 PM canyoning tour. Was very lucky because we were a tiny group, only me and the guide as a matter of fact. The group who signed up for the same tour the day before had been 12 people so they had a lot of waiting around to do. My guide who I don't remember the name of was a very young and hip Philipino guy from the area. I guess me using the word hip shows that I’m not very young and hip myself!!! Anyhow he was great, picked me up on time and took me to his aunts shop were I was kitted with a life vest and asked if I wanted to borrow a pair of trainers. Even though trainers looked surprisingly good, I decided to wear my own. After all they been doing some canyoning before and I prefer getting my own shoes wet knowing that I will be comfortable when walking/climbing between the jumps.
We started walking upstreams beyond the Kawasan fall, we walked for I don't remember how long but the path was very tidy and it was nearly a bit to easy. I had expected a bit more of a challenge but guess I shouldn't complain. Then all of the sudden we were at the first cliff to jump from, this was a ten meter jump in to the water. I had done the ten meter in Siquijor a few days earlier but this felt higher for some reason so some hesitation sat in. But after seeing some local guys do it, I took the plunge and jumped. After this we had a very lame Tarzan swing. Then the guide got me to climb up a big bolder which was more then challenging and it took me some time to master it I must admit. Then we continued down the river with a mixture of some nice relaxing floating with the current and some more eight to ten meter jumps. All of the sudden we arrived at the jump I had dreaded, It was a plunge of 20 meters, highest jump I ever done so far is in my life is 12 meters I believe. The ten meters was nothing compared to this one and if I had hesitated earlier then you should have seen me now. But after a few tries I managed to get myself off the edge and feel how I just fell and fell closer to the water. Only thought going through my mind was that of “please let me land feet first, it’s going to hurt so bad if I don’t”. No problem landing and felt no pain. But after getting out of the water I realised that the side of my favourite shorts had ripped the whole way p to the waistband!!!
After this jump that ended up being so fun in the end (not sure if I would do again though so maybe I didn't find it that fun after all!) we had a couple of tiny 10 meter jumps to do and then we were down by the Kawasan fall. Kawasan fall, a beautiful water fall, is very nice but there are a ton of tables and park benches around it so nothing special in my opinion. There are easily better waterfalls around the world The canyoning had been well worth it though!!!
Watch the Sun Set
Highly enjoyed hanging out at the bar and beach at Cebu Divers after diving with them and so I did on a couple of days when I didn't dive. Good people, chilled place, some patches of sand and last but not least there was a great view of the sun set. Yes, I still have a bit of an obsession with sun sets…
Cost Of Things I Done In Moalboal
Three dives with Cebu Dive Centre: PHP 3120/ USD 65/ EUR 58.50
Canyoning: PHP 1200/ USD 25/ EUR 22.50
Watch Sun Set: Free
Where I stayed In Moalboal
Le Village Moalboal: PHP 900/ USD 18.50/ EUR 17
Private with shared bathroom, 10 minutes walk to Panagsama beach
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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