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Sardines Spectacular Scuba Diving Retreat, Moalboal, Cebu

Highlights: Diver's alert! The secret is out and this is one of the world's best locations for 'guaranteed' diving with shoals of sardines. Suitable for all levels of divers. Excellent wall dives just minutes from shore. Swim with friendly turtles which are a common sight, see mating mandarin fish during sunset dives, also a macro haven for pygmy seahorse, anemone crabs and other critters. An underwater photographer's haven! Dive at The Cathedral, an amazing deep dive with swim throughs at Pescador Island and maybe a chance for a thresher or white-tipped reef shark!

4D3N Scuba Diving Sardines Spectacular

Full package: US$490/person (single occupancy), US$380/person (twin-sharing)


  • 3 nights accommodation in beach front resort in Panagsama Beach, Moalboal
  • Cebu airport return transfers (2 hour land transfer from Cebu-Mactan International airport to Panagsama Beach, Moalboal) - group transfer only (additional fee for single transfer)

  • 5 fun dives with tank, weights, guide, boat fees (dive equipment rental and marine park fees not included)


Retreat Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at Cebu International airport, land transfer (2hours) to dive resort. Rest and relax, enjoy lunch at resort restaurant. Optional check out dive at house reef. 

Day 2:  8:30am fun dive with sardines. Back to dive center for break and lunch, and enjoy another fun dive in the afternoon. Sunset dive with mandarin fish.

Day 3: 8:30am fun dive at Pescador Island. Back to dive center for break and lunch, and enjoy another fun dive in the afternoon. 

Day 4:  Check out and goodbye. Transfer to Cebu international airport. (Please note at least 18 hours surface interval is required before your flight).

More information:

Moalboal lies south of Cebu, about a 2 hours drive from the airport. Here is a laidback town with its hidden charm - underwater coral reefs and amazing marine life. Panagsama is the meain tourist area but even so you will find that it is an unassuming and peaceful place, not your usual tourist spot. Here most people spend time in the ocean diving, and enjoy the west facing beach during sunset.

Meals are not included in the retreat but there are many available options from fresh seafood, filipino dishes, to western delights like italian and even mexican, lots of choose from. Mains range from US$5 - $20, depending on what you order.  

The resort: The resort is a beachfront resort with swimming pool, restaurant, wifi, hot and cold showers, air-con and western styled.

Package Excludes: Flights, meals, tips, dive equipment rental, marine park fees, additional dives, dive courses, other activities. Please note dive sites depend on weather and tide conditions. Minimum requirement for fun diving is Open Water Diver. For non-certified divers, scuba diving courses are available, please enquire with us. Freediving courses also available, please email us. Excludes side-trips to other attractions such as Kawasan waterfalls or Oslob.



Experience the freedom in one breath, exploring the ocean in the most eco-friendly way through freediving or breath-hold diving. Freediving courses or training sessions can also be arranged during this retreat. No prior experience needed to experience breath-hold diving, the only requirement is that you are comfortable in the water and can swim. Connect your mind and body in a single breath! Enquire with us.

Read more about the diving with the sardines on online scuba diving magazine here

Travel info: Cebu, Philippines is served by the Mactan Cebu International airport. There are numerous direct daily flights to and from Korea, SIngapore, Hong Kong and scheduled flights to Japan Qatar, Malaysia, Taiwan and China. The airport also serves seasonal charter flights to Russia, China, USA and other nations. Check Cebu Pacific Airways, Tiger airways, Airasia for budget airlines connecting to Cebu. Alternatively Manila has an international airport with many domestic airline daily connections to Cebu. 

Terms and Conditions:

Itinerary is a guideline only and will depend on weather and tide conditions. Please read FAQs about Qi Retreats before you register. Spaces are limited on our retreats. Registration is only confirmed if 50% of deposit is received. We accept payment through Paypal and bank transfer. For more details please contact us.