Panagsama Beach

Panagsama Beach, Moalboal: Address, Panagsama Beach Reviews: 4/5

Panagsama Beach
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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, UK589 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, UK105 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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_dcannon45
Colorado Springs, CO14 contributions
Jan 2020
Lively area with plenty of restaurants to chose from dangling onto the sea, diving shops galore, popular snorkeling spot.
Written 5 February 2020
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Fr B
Cagliari, Sardegna, Italy63 contributions
Jan 2020
We went to moalboal pretty much to spot turtles and we did so by the first 10 minutes in the water. It's pretty funny to me that locals are offering you a boat to spot turtles when in reality you can simply walk in the water for 20 meters to see them.
they do that for asian tourists that dont know how to to swim but in reality you dont really need much swimming at all. the beach itself it's nothing special, moalboal little center it's pretty dirty but who cares about that when you can swim with amazing turtles literally next to you. Stay here for 1-2 nights only and move elsewhere after it.
Written 25 January 2020
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Jason K
3 contributions
Jan 2020
Clear water, good snorkeling, and trillions upon trillions of sardines just a few meters off shore! Highly recommend this beach.
Written 20 January 2020
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Proud_ph
25 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
So in love with the place. Relaxing and tempting. 3hrs away from cebu city. The place has so much to offer. From deep diving, foodtrip and chill out. Lovely..
Written 13 January 2020
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Zsolt K
Budapest, Hungary61 contributions
Nov 2019
Moalboal City Center Beach is this beach. The water was a bit cloudy, our weather was a bit cloudy, with drizzle, but the sun was setting in the afternoon. We found the first turtle in the water, just 100 meters away, who had quietly grazed some seaweed, swam peacefully around us, then disappeared by the reef. Later we saw several turtles, a big sardine start and a sea snake. A must-see for this beach, water shoe and snorkel gear is a must!
Written 30 December 2019
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herolimo
42 contributions
Dec 2019
The reason for staying in Panagsama Beach was because of the snorkelling with the sardine storms, which was on my must-do list and it didn't disappoint.

My guesthouse was in an alleyway which led to another alleyway to led to the sea. It was a bit interesting to find the access point as it wasn't really a beach. I had to put my bag on top of a boundary wall of a guesthouse right in front of the water.

Anyway, about the snorkelling...

It was simply amazing and relaxing as the sardine storms were pretty close to the shore; and they're quite close to the surface so I didn't need to dive down to see :) It was fun to click in the water and observe the changes in the movement of the sardine storms. It was unforgettable to be surrounded by so many sardines.

There is a deep reef drop not far from the shore as well, I swam along this drop up and down the shore, hoping to find sea turtles but failed :( However, I discovered that the shallow water in the north got really colourful corals and great variety of fish, I came across different families of nemos :)

My guesthouse owner tried to persuade me to hire a life jacket and a guide for snorkelling, which I didn't. I was also approached by a 'guide' before entering the water, offering his guide service for 200 pesos. The water was super calm and flat with high visibility, so I really didn't see the need; it was like swimming in a big pool. Totally loved it.

Written 16 December 2019
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