Photographer's Note

Here we see the scuba divers returning to Panagsama Beach after another diving session in the Tanon Strait between Cebu and Negros.

Moalboal is a town on the South West coast of Cebu, situated some 90 km from Cebu City. The place has gained fame in scuba circles because of the coral reefs around Pescador Island, about 20 minutes banca ride away. Even the uninhabited island itself guarantees an incredibly wide variety of marine life to view. Whale sharks have been spotted in open waters south of the island, and one is almost certain to see anywhere from 20 to 30 hammerhead sharks around the northeast edge of the reef.

Moalboal is home to approximately 15,000 Cebuanos, mostly farmers and fishermen. A brief, bumpy ride over a dusty dirt road brings you to Panagsama Beach (population approximately 320 households or 2,500 people), which one easily notices as being a spot designed primarily for the diving tourists. The ambience is laid-back and friendly. Strikingly absent are the hawkers and hustlers usually pushing their wares and services in most tourist towns. Even the t-shirt peddlers are somehow less aggressive than their counterparts in Boracay, for instance….

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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