THE PERFECT CEBU DAY TRIP: PESCADOR ISLAND, TURTLE SANCTUARY AND SARDINES RUN

Location: Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is a place I keep coming back to—may it be for work or for a quick getaway. When I think about it, why do I have to endure being stuck in traffic every single day in Manila and always finding the need to unwind and get away from the the toxic city life? If I can’t see myself living in Manila (the states is too far-fetched for me), why don’t I just move to Cebu? Besides, it has all the food I want, an abundance of coffee shops (I can imagine myself hanging out at different coffee shops everyday lol), beaches just a short ride away from the city, I can go on and on.

After our event in the city, we wanted to spend an extra day to just relax and see more of what Cebu has to offer. Last summer I got to tick off Osmeña Peak and Inambakan Falls from my bucket list. This time around, we decided to visit Pescador Island, the Turtle Sanctuary and the Sardines Run. We left the hotel at 4 in the morning, arrived in Moalboal at around 7:30, then had a delicious Filipino breakfast at Lantaw Restaurant. We always have breakfast there when we go to Moalboal—very simple but offers an amazing view of the beach. After a filling breakfast, we were off to Pescador Island.

Pescador Island is 30 minutes away by boat from Moalboal and offers one of the best dive sites in the country—and I couldn’t agree more. 80% of our day trip was spent on the boat and in the ocean. We did not set foot at

Pescador Island (since it doesn’t have a shore), we would only stop near it. Once we arrived at Pescador Island, we immediately jumped to the ocean. I put on my snorkeling gear and I was completely blown away with what I saw. It was true, Pescador Island is surrounded by a terrific reef full of marine life. But no one could prepare us when we saw the school of sardines. Seeing and diving with a massive school of sardines was a very unique and unforgettable experience for me. That scene from Finding Nemo kept playing in my head when I had my first encounter with this massive spectacle. But of course, all good things must come to an end. The experience usually lasts very short—as predators are quick to feast on these small fishes. Sometimes divers go near them so they panic and swim away. We were lucky that the ocean was very peaceful that time—we were able to watch them for a good 30 minutes or more (the sunburn was worth it lol). Do yourselves a favor and add this to your itinerary the next time you visit Cebu!

After a day of swimming and jumping off boats, we headed back to Moalbaol to freshen up and have lunch. We still had an hour to spare, just in time for sunset so we headed to a free beach in Moalbaol to relax (a.k.a. take more photos). A big thank you to Bucketlist for organizing this trip and to the girls at Pop District for making this happen! Shoutout to Domz Celeste for these amazing underwater shots. I can’t wait for my next trip to Cebu! For now, enjoy this visual diary.

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Tour booked with Bucketlist | Photos taken using my Fujifilm X-T20 16mm lens | Underwater shots taken using my GoPro Hero 5 from iClick
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