Diving in Moalboal, Philippines
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines is awesome. During the PADI IDC that I conducted there in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', it was confimred one more time. We did a few dives during the PADI IDC and here are some pictiures of the tings that we saw. No turtle pictures, although we saw them also on every dive!
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; An 'Elysia Marginata' nudibranch, spotted by Johan, the manager at 'Neptune Diving Adventure', a first for me to see this nudibranch. It's always great to see soemthing for the first time, it's what makes diving exciting for me, so I was very happy to spot this specific Elysia Marginata nudi!
This time around I post a lot of small critters, macro stuff, The house reef is the only location I dived at during my recent stay, but as the pictures can tel, that is already exciting enough. There are various other locations you can visit by boat, but the house reef is just 20 or 30m meters from the dive center, you just put on your gear and walk into the water and dive!
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; A 'Chromodoris Magnifica' nudibranch on the house reef, a very nice and colorful nudibranch and fairly common around these shores.
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; A gastropod family member, the 'Coriocella nigra'. The gastropod class is the large taxonomic class within the phylum Mollusca of snails and slugs. A rare sighting for me.
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; A 'Cyclocoeloma tuberculata' crab during a night dive on the house reef at Panagsama beach near Moalboal, where 'Neptune Diving Adventure' is based.
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; A 'Camposcia Retusa' decorator crab. This is a fairly big crab and it sticks all kind of sponges and other parts ot finds on the reef, on it's body. Sometimes they also stick ocean trash like cigarette butts and the like onto their body.
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; Another first for me, a 'Pleurobranchus grandi' kind of nudibranch. It's massive compared to the 'normal' nudibranch size, this species had a 30cm long body and it was about 10cm high. A very unusual nudibranch.
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; A 'Dromiidea' or sponge crab. A very unusual sight this amazing and big crab. They can be spotted on a regular base during night dives at the house reef. The red part of the picture, is a sponge that the crab carries on his back.
Diving in Moalboal, Philippines; No dive is complete in Moalboal without seeing the sardine ball. It's an amzing live picture that keeps changing direction. A spectacular sight and if you're lucky, you might see jacks and tunas hunting the sardines. It get's really lucky if the hunting happens with a Thresher shark!
Hopefully these pictures convince you of the qaulity of diving in Moalboal, Philippines! I had a blast and I can highly and warmly recommend diving there and ideally, use PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' as your dive center of choice. They offer a great relaxed atmosphere and have great and expereinced tour guides.
Enjoy the house reef and all the other dive sites on offer!