Diving in Moalboal

It’s why we are here! If you haven’t noticed already, Magic Island is primarily a Scuba Diving Resort. Of course everyone is welcome but we mainly cater to divers or people who are interested in becoming divers.
Our dive center is located right on the sea front, facing out towards our fantastic house reef where you can dive any time, day or night. Inside the dive center everyone has their own individual post and crate, giving lots of space to hang or place all of your dive gear. Outside there is lots of room to prepare your equipment, plan your dives or just sit in the sun and soak up some rays. Most of the time the tide is high enough that the boats can pull up all the way to the dive center, so it just one step and you’re aboard.

We have 12ltr/80ft³ aluminum tanks with both DIN and Int. connection, suitable for both air and Nitrox. Of course the tanks are filled with a minimum 200bar/3000psi pressure, if not, just return the tank and get a new one! The water temperature ranges from 26C/80F in January to 29C/84F in July.

Diving in Moalboal at Pescador

Moalboal has a vast array of marine life, from the very tiny Denise Pygmy Seahorse, to the sexy and elegant Thresher Shark that is often spotted hunting the huge school of Sardines that reside at Panagsama Wall. The Sardine bait ball is a spectacle all by itself, with well over a million sardines making up the school. Watching them shift and change shapes as the predators swoop in to catch a tasty mouth full is just mesmerizing.
Pescador Island is just a 10 minute boat ride away. This little uninhabited islet rises up out of the Tañon Strait, creating a perfect place for marine life to flourish. Its huge walls drop down to 60 plus meters, with colorful soft corals and Gorgonian Sea Fans clinging to the rocky face, and all the tropical fish you can think of. On the West side of the islet, you have ‘The Cathedral’ a huge cavern that has numerous large entry and exit points, looking back out of the cavern it has the eerie appearance of a skull.

This is a very different way to try a night dive. You use a special UV light torch and a special lense over your mask which allows you to see the fluorescent colors emitted by the fish or coral when under UV light. For some strange reason, unknown to science, many marine creatures fluoresce under UV light, which is usually invisible to the human eye. The reef turns into a whole new spectrum of colors; the once dull brown hard coral is now glowing bright red, and Moray Eels are no longer camouflaged but shining yellow like the sun. It’s like being in down town Tokyo at night time! A sight not to be missed.

Another great attraction on our house reef is the Mandarin dive. Just 40m away from the front of the dive center and only 4m deep, live the Mandarin fish. A very small, colorful and bizarre looking dragonet. The Mandarin is famous for the elaborate show it puts on in the evenings. Every day, except during full moon, these tiny little fish, which are usually very shy, come out of hiding to mate. They chase each other around as if they are dancing amongst the corals, eventually attaching to one another and rising up off the reef before releasing a cloud of eggs and sperm. The goal is to see if you can get a photo at that exact moment, which is a lot harder than it sounds.
Read the blog of Nick and Caroline of Scubaverse about their Mandarin dive here.

Another great way to change up a night dive. This dive involves heading out to the open ocean during the night time hours, jumping in, descending down a few meters until you are comfortable and looking to see what swims into your view. It can be quite eerie floating there surrounded by total darkness except for the thin ray of light that shines from your torch, and at the same time it can be quite amazing what weird and wonderful things may float by or be attracted to you.

The Philippines are not known as the best place to see big underwater life, but we often have some spectacular encounters. Whale sharks visit Moalboal all year round because the waters here are very rich in the plankton they feed on. They range from 7 up to 14 meters long! Dolphins are around all year too, but whether they appear is, of course, up to these intelligent animals.

Are you covered? Dive Assure!

Do you only dive during holidays and is an insurance then to expensive? Not any more! You can get your insurance for just the period you like.

For more information download the brochure.