Diving Pescador Island, Moalboal

Dive Pescador Island to experience the fascinating sardine run and catch a glimpse of an elusive whale shark.

By Jayvee Fernandez
November 30, 2010

One of the newest developments in local diving is the "discovery" of the sardine run, a frenzied dance by millions of sardines as they are stunned by predator threshers. Blogger, dive enthusiast, and underwater imager Jayvee Fernandez captures the fascinating phenomenon on film.

Definitely the dive sensation of 2010, Pescador Island is now host to the sardine run--over a million sardines dancing with one mind against the blue backdrop of the deep. This is the first time where divers keep their eyes away from the wall and trained out into the blue, waiting for thresher sharks to use their tails to stun straggling sardines. While waiting inside coves, you can watch an underwater ballet as the sardines twist themselves into balls and other shapes, protecting themselves from the predators that await. As icing on the cake, you're considered one of the lucky ones if you happen to catch the 20ft long whale shark that's been known to patrol the area every now and then.