Panagsama Beach
Panagsama Beach
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uzmelissa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates173 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
A really fantastic opportunity to see all the sardines when you're swimming. It was the best moments as a part of island hopping tour activities. And bonus sea turtles also
Written 12 January 2023
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joywu1001
Taichung, Taiwan91 contributions
Jan 2023
I went to this beach as part of a tour and saw the most adorable sea turtle up close (super excited) and millions of sardines. It was certainly an awesome experience. You can have fun on the beach on your own, but if you want to go diving and see the sardines (which are in deeper waters), I suggest you book with a good guide and get a GoPro. The pictures are so memorable. There are plenty of diving/snorkeling shops on the beach to choose from.
Written 2 January 2023
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Kozi Tsen
Tbilisi, Georgia6 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
5-6 years ago, it was not as crowded as now. Today, alot of people live almost directly to the path where tourists come and go. You can also see alot of trash by the side of the road, with noisy motorcycles passing by you while walking in the main street which is by the way very narrow if u drive a car. Over-priced snorkel gears rental, tours for island hopping costs 3,000 per boat which you have no option to join other groups. So if u are travelling solo, good luck!

When u arrive to the beach, there is actually no sand but a stretch of sharp dead corals. You must have your water shoes. Alot of plastic things floating on the waters, I even picked up a few. I hope their local government don't just sit around doing nothing. This place needs protection to be able to sustain the ecosystem under the sea!

By the way, from Cebu City, ride the bus Bato via Barili and get off at Gaisano Moalboal. From there, you can ride a tricycle for 50 pesos per person per way to Panagsama beach. Don't be fooled when they say that you will wait a very long time if you don't "pakyaw" ( exclusively paying for the tricycle). They will ask for double price sometimes triple!!!
Written 1 January 2023
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Edi R
3 contributions
Jun 2022
we went to moalboal to snorkel and see turtles, and that's exactly what we got. even though panagsama isn't the most beautiful beach, it tops everything with the school of sardines and the many turtles. with a little luck you might even see a whale shark.
Written 19 June 2022
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Jens
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I truly love Panagsama because everything from diving to yummy restaurants and bars is just a stone’s throw away from your accommodation. It is a great base to see and experience other attractions too like magnificent waterfalls, whale sharks and mountain treks with jaw dropping scenery. When you’re there drop into Genevieve’s Garden Bar on Panagsama Road and ask for Genevieve Yburan. She provides very reasonably priced accommodation and guided tours too.I was there in April/May 2022 and I couldn’t believe the transformation from my last pre-Covid visit in 2020. Panagsama Road now has so many new, and very tastefully done, bars and restaurants.
Written 18 June 2022
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Nora Jansen
3 contributions
Apr 2022
I have visited Panagsama before in 2017 - 2018 and have always thought that this place had a fantastic vibe about it. Small cozy restaurants located around Chilibar and 7 Sins Bar. Today, most of it is closed and many buildings in the savedra area are in disrepair. New restaurants and bars have opened further up Panagsama road, which has developed into a horrible place, where one bar after another tries to drown out the other with each of their awful music system.
If you are looking for a laidback holiday stay, then Pangasama is not the place.
Written 8 May 2022
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James S
Shenzhen, China36 contributions
Jan 2020
The sardine run here is the real show-stopper, and I'd go back just for that. We also saw a fair number of turtles. The beach itself is nothing special and mostly stones rather than soft sand. This is a place for snorkelling and diving.
Written 15 February 2020
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Faithalicious_x
London, UK625 contributions
Jan 2020
As others have mentioned, it’s not really a beach - rather a patch of sand by the water. It’s somewhere where you can cool off in the Moalboal heat. You can however go out into the water and see the sardines, and if you’re lucky a few turtles. The coral is pretty much bleached though. If you see a turtle then it’s definitely worth it!

We found that the area between Chili Bar and Veranda Kitchen was a good spot for the underwater activity if you swim out about 20m until the cliff edge underwater - this is where the sardines hang out. Life jackets can be hired for 100 pesos, as can snorkel/masks.

We saw a good amount of sardines at 4pm or so and then saw two large green turtles at the shore at around 5pm.
Written 10 February 2020
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Mark
5 contributions
Jan 2020
Tourism can ruin places that are not prepared for it and this is one place. It is an aggressive, dirty and unfriendly place with hundreds of young spitting Filipinos hawking. Dirty and trashy streets where they seem to drive at you when you walk. It is the least friendly place I have traveled in the Philippines. It is swarming with young westerners and I can't imagine why they are here or why I am here. Since I arrived everyone shouts as I walk offering overpriced scooters and cyclos and other "things" and in the meantime I am blasted all around by small scooters with broken exhausts to make them sound like big bikes driving at top speed and tooting to get out their way and blasting music everywhere. Some restaurants are good others truly awful and western prices. I can't wait to leave.
Written 8 February 2020
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GA UK
London, UK108 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
It depends on what your looking for but for me the highlight is the aggressive driving if you walk anywhere, pushy rude street vendors, big bikes with cut off exhausts, mafia types on trikes and bikes, trash everywhere, loud music from many shops and millions of millennials taking selfies. There are some nice restaurants and the diving is good but if you want to meet nice Filipinos and beautiful landscapes this would be my last choice; even after Manila. There is a nicer and more natural environment in Manila on balance.
Written 8 February 2020
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