The town of Moalboal is well-known for its outstanding dive sites, which are the main draw of this municipality located in the southwestern part of the island of Cebu. One of these dive sites is Pescador Island, which is situated on the Tañon Strait and around fifteen minutes away from the coast of Moalboal.
The island was named Pescador because of the number of fishermen in the area who are drawn by the abundant supply of fish. The name Pescador means fisherman in Spanish. Recreational divers from all over the world visit the island for its rich marine life. The Philippines is blessed with warm waters that allow over 2,500 fish species to thrive and a good number of these species can be found in Pescador Island, which makes it an ideal area for diving.
The island features a sandy slope running for around ten meters before divers encounter a deep abyss of around forty meters. Coral gardens and different schools of fish can be found around the area. For experienced divers, the Cathedral Cave is a must-visit site. The Cathedral Cave is an open-top underwater cave located on the western side of the island. It is around 22 meters deep and is usually visited by tunas, barracudas and frogfish, among others.
While visibility may vary depending on the prevailing conditions, the water current of the Tañon Strait typically makes the water clear and facilitates visibility for up to forty meters. Pescador Island also features a lighthouse and steps going up along its eastern and northern sides.
The island also provides sanctuary to a large school of sardines. But, the February 2012 earthquake caused the sardines to leave the area, which also affected the population of predatory fish. When the sardines returned in May 2013, the larger fish also returned. There are also some reports of sightings of sharks in the area.
The abundance of different fish species in Pescador Island continues to draw in recreational divers from all over the world. In fact, a number of dive shops and resorts are ready to meet the needs of these visitors in the area. Have you tried diving in Pescador Island already? Tell us about your experience on the comments section below.
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