Dive Site: Pescador Island Moalboal Cebu

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Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Wall with Macro
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 14MBottom: 20M
Location: Pescadore is a small (less than 100m diameter) island due west on the southern point of Basdiot.

Description

Pescador Island is renowned for its large grey frogfish, and colourful walls of soft corals and tunicates home to seasnakes, eels and a large number of reef fish species.

Pescadore is a small island to the west of Moalboal. It has an almost vertical drop off around the island not far out from the narrow 5m reef that runs around it. The signature critter for Pescadore is a large grey frogfish, and we were not disappointed as we discovered one within a few minutes into the dive.

Giant frogfish mouth open at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

He was there with his mouth open when we arrived, but quickly closed it – embarrassed?

Giant frogfish head with mouth closed at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Along the wall there are lots of nooks and crannies and ledgers and overhangs, tunicates decorate the underside of every ledge. And there are areas where the sponges are teaming with small sea cucumbers which presents a very strange sight indeed.

Sea cucumbers congregate on sponge at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

There are the usual suspects such as a Spotfin Lionfish,

Spotfin lionfish at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

 

the Raccoon Butterflyfish,

Racoon butterflyfish at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

and a White-eyed Moray Eel who appeared when I was trying to take a photograph of the Spotfin Lionfish.

White-eyed Moray at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

A Blackbanded seasnake slithered by quietly as we approached.

Banded seasnake at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Black banded seasnake at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

The nature of the dive site means that it’s typically a there-and-back dive, traversing the wall at a depth of about 20 meters on the way out and returning around 10m which presents a completely different view of things.

There’s also the pretty reef at 5 m for the decompression stop.

Anthias at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit