Snorkeling the Sardine Run in Moalboal- Cebu

sardine run moalboal cebu

 

The sardine run in Moalboal is a must do if you are visiting Cebu. Along with visiting WHITE BEACH and KAWASAN FALLS, snorkeling with sardines in moalboal should be at the top of your list. In this guide, I will show you where you can find the sardine run, as well as where to stay, and what to expect once you find them.

 

WHAT IS THE SARDINE RUN MOALBOAL?

All year round visitors flock to Moalboal, not only to visit KAWASAN FALLS but also to check out the sardine run. The sardine run also known as a bait ball, is a large group of fish that stick together for protection against larger prey. If you’re an ocean lover like myself, then you already know bait balls are one of the coolest things out there. If you are deep enough in them, it can be disorienting and at the same time totally mesmerizing! 

 

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WHERE TO FIND THE SARDINE RUN MOALBOAL

If you are staying in Moalboal, chances are you are already aware of the sardine run, but maybe not where to find them. You do NOT need a boat or tour for this activity, that’s right totally free! Unless of course, you need to rent snorkeling gear. You can expect to pay around 200 Pesos for rental of a mask and fins.

If you are on the main street in downtown Moalboal, head to Seaquest Dive Center. They might not fully appreciate you walking through their shop, but if you need to rent snorkel gear, you can do that with them.

The sardines will be just 30 meters off the coast and a very easy swim. Please if you don’t know how to swim, at the very least wear a life jacket, or better have someone with experience come with you. 

I have attached a map below of the exact location to find the sardine run in Moalboal.

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

As I mentioned earlier, the sardines are just off the coast of Seaquest. Once you walk through their shop, get in the water a bit further down the beach. It will be to the left of Seaquest (if you’re facing the ocean). The current can be a little strong here, but nothing crazy. I didn’t even have fins on and I was fine. 

As we swam around we saw the sardines as well as a massive jellyfish! You should be prepared for an amazing beach day. It is so cool to see the sardine run in Moalboal!

 

sardine run moalboal cebu

sardine run moalboal cebu

sardine run moalboal cebu

sardine run moalboal cebu

sardine run moalboal cebu

 

WHERE TO STAY IN MOALBOAL

For some reason, Moalboal is a bit more expensive and if you’re looking for air conditioning and WiFi you can expect pay around $30/ night. I recommend checking out MOALBOAL TROPICS. 

 

sardine run moalboal cebu

 

If you’re looking for more things to do in Moalboal, check out my guide to BADIAN CANYONEERING and WHITE BEACH.

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All photos were taken on a variety of my TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY ESSENTIALS.