Monday, July 15, 2013

Cebu Island, Philippines

Pescador Island

Pescador Island is an island located in the Tañon Strait, a few kilometres from the western coast of the island of Cebu in the Philippines. It is governed by the municipality ofMoalboal, Cebu.
The island derives its name from the Philippines’ Spanish colonial heritage and the abundance of fish living on the surrounding coral reef, and the many fishermen that fish them (‘Pescador’ translates to ‘Fisherman’ from Spanish). The rich marine life also attracts recreational divers from the many dive operations in nearby Panagsama.
The underwater composition of the Pescador island reef is a sandy slope covered with soft coral from 5 – 10 meters, followed by a wall covered with hard corals dropping down to about 40 meters. On the west side of the island, an open-top underwater cave nicknamed ‘the Cathedral’ can be found. Most recreational dive tours start at the island’s south end, and let the divers drift with the current either along the east or the west side of the island. Visibility conditions vary, but the current in the Tañon Strait pushes in clear water that often allows visibility up to 40 meters. The island itself has a lighthouse and access steps on the north and east sides.
The warm waters of the Philippines harbour a very rich marine life, with over 2,500 species of fish, and many of these are also found around Pescador island, contributing to the island being so popular with recreational divers. A rather more unusual part of the Pescador island biodiversity is the large school of sardines that have made the relative sanctuary of the reef its home. After an earthquake in February 2012, the school left the island, affecting the population of larger predatory fish. However, in May 2013 the school returned and so did the bigger fish. Sightings of sharks have also been reported.

Am Morgen nach unserer Ankunft  in Moalboal heisst es früh aufstehen und die berühmten Sardinenschwaerme von Pescador Island zu besuchen.

Ivos zweiter Tauchgang geht bis auf 25m Tiefe  - schaut mal wie heimisch er sich schon fühlt.

Wir sind aber auch wahre Meister im Posen, dabei gibt es doch auch sonst viel zu sehen :)

Sardinen im Hintergrund
Durch tausendende von Fischen zu schwimmen ist ein faszinierendes Erlebnis

Tauchen macht hungrig und da des Essen im Hotel etwas zu wünschen ubrig laesst, fahren wir kurz entschlossen mit dem Tricycle nach Moalboal um den Fischmark zu begutachten
Also lebend gefallen mir die Kleinen besser
Ivo sucht uns einen frischen Tuna aus, den er dann gemeinsam mit dem Hotelkoch zubereitet.

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