Siquijor Island, also known as the Island of Fire (Isla del Fuego) encompasses everything you imagine when you think of paradise. When I visited Siquijor, my first thought was “welcome to the Philippines”.
This off-the-beaten track hidden gem boasts white sand beaches lined with leaning palm trees, inviting crystal clear waters, and stunning jungle waterfalls to swim in. Siquijor is a mysterious island also known for its witchcraft, healing and spirituality, hence it's other nickname "the Magic Island"
Siquijor oozes charm, and it's beauty is partly due to the fact it's not overrun with tourists, despite there being the infrastructure for it. When driving around you will encounter an abundance of trees and jungle areas of all different shapes and sizes, a stunning reminder that the Philippines is a tropical Country.
There is a wonderful relaxed, laid back island vibe, people are warm and friendly, and everyone speaks excellent English making it easier to have a laugh and communicate.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share a complete travel guide to Siquijor Island. We will tell you 14 of the best things to do on Siquijor, the best tourist spots to visit, how to get there, and where to stay to help you plan your perfect Siquijor itinerary.
Who wants to dive with sharks?
Diving with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines should definitely be on your scuba diving bucket list. Thresher Sharks are not dangerous to humans, and to encounter these beautiful, graceful creatures of the deep is a truly magical experience.
Many visitors to Cebu combine Moalboal and Malapascua for two of nature’s greatest phenomenon; the sardine run in Moalboal and Thresher Sharks at Monad Shoal in Malapascua. When we discovered we could dive with Threshers in an ethical way any day of the year, we immediately added this destination to our Cebu itinerary
Malapascua is the only place in the world where you can see Thresher Sharks all year round. We only participate in natural animal encounters, and there is no feeding, no cages or baiting involved in any of the Thresher Shark dives.
So what is it like to see a 10 feet torpedo shaped shark suddenly appear out of the blue? Moalboal Eco Lodge share their experience of scuba diving with Thresher Sharks in Malapascua, Cebu.
The Philippines is known for its beaches and world class diving, and Moalboal is one of the best diving spots in the Country. If you have decided to “get your PADI”, have you thought whether Freediving or Scuba Diving is best for you? Before you dip your head underwater, you should consider the benefits of both.
This article aims to show that you don’t have to choose between Freediving and Scuba diving, and doing both will make you a better overall diver. With the use of equipment, scuba diving enables you to breathe underwater giving you more time to observe marine life, however Freediving allows more freedom without the need for lots of equipment and a tank of air.
Learning to relax is the most important aspect of learning to dive. Freediving requires you to hold your breath, so if you practice yoga or meditate, you will see similarities in relaxation techniques enabling you to dive longer. In contrast, the number one rule of scuba diving is never hold your breath, but mental relaxation and slow breathing are required otherwise you may not be able to stay underwater.
Awareness is another difference; when you scuba dive you look around at what you can see, so this provides external awareness. Freediving brings awareness to your inner self, your strength of mind and many dive to discover or improve themselves. There is a quote “Scuba Divers look outside, Freedivers look inside.”
Visitors to Moalboal can do a taster session for both Freediving and Scuba Diving, so its the perfect place to give it a try.
Moalboal Eco Lodge show you Freediving and Scuba Diving, the benefits of learning both.
Wildlife of the Philippines
The Philippines is located in the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse region in the world. When asked “what wildlife can I see in the Philippines”, with over 52,177 species of wildlife, the answer is “a lot”.
For animal lovers, there is plenty to be seen above and below the water. The most famous wildlife found in the Philippines is the whale shark, but there is also the Philippine Tarsier, the smallest primate in the world, and the Philippine Eagle, the largest eagle in the world, and endemic to the Philippines. Do you know where to find the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia, in the Philippines?
At Moalboal Eco Lodge, we are huge animal lovers, and are surrounded by nature day and night. Regardless of whether wildlife is big or small, bird, insect, or fish, we are passionate them all. In this article, we share 10 different wildlife which we feel are the most impressive for various reasons. Some of the wildlife featured are only found here in the Philippines, some are iconic, some are weird, and some are just beautiful.
So for visiting nature lovers this is wildlife of the Philippines.
Do you have a bucket list of ideas or a compilation of “things to do before you die”? Did you know that some of the most popular bucket list experiences can be achieved in the Philippines?
The Philippines is often on people’s travel bucket list of places to visit due to its abundance of paradise white sand beaches and spectacular marine life, but it also has many other bucket list activities. Scuba Diving, Freediving, Skydiving, swimming with turtles, all of these and many more can be found and achieved in this beautiful archipelago of over 7,000 islands.
In and around Cebu you can have an adventure filled visit, ticking off more than just one activity from this bucket list. Cebu is an international and domestic hub of the Philippines, and if these bucket list experiences are not found in Cebu, they are a short convenient plane or boat journey away.
Moalboal Eco Lodge share an exciting bucket list of ideas and experiences you can have in the Philippines.
Have you ever dreamt of snorkelling with turtles, and swimming with sardines? If this is on your must-see bucket list of things to do when visiting the Philippines, Moalboal’s sardine run at Panagsama Beach, Cebu needs to be added to your travel itinerary.
Moalboal’s main tourist attraction is the sardine ball where literally millions of silver shimmering sardines can be seen just off the beach. Every day of the year you can swim, snorkel, freedive or scuba dive with the sardines. This natural phenomenon is in a marine protected area, is 100% ethical, with no feeding or human intervention to keep them here.
If you are interested in snorkelling with sardines, Moalboal Eco Lodge will show you the experience of a lifetime – swimming with sardines in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines.