Soft Coral Gardens of Moalboal- Nov 2014

The shoaling sardine million of Moalboal never ceases to amaze anyone... but this happy November trip with Naui Course Director Clemence Swee got me kinda hooked on taking photos of colorful soft corals. I've been to Moalboal many many times and as usual passed by the must do sites... Sardines at Panagsamana, Plane Wreck at Copton Pt, The Cathedral at Pescador Island, completely ignored shooting macro (while prolific, was too lazy to shift to a macro lens) and instead wandered aimlessly around Tonggo point, Dolphin House and Talisay and was fascinated with gardens upon gardens of lush coral growth alongside a healthy population of hawksbill and green sea turtles. 

If you have done Palau and Maldives, you can see much big fish like sharks and mantas but you'll find the reefs lacking in vibrance and hues. There is a reason why foreigners love diving the Philippines so much... our reefs are just blessed with so much color... since we started diving alongside them, we usually have taken this beauty for granted. Diving outside the Philippines helps us spoiled Filipino divers to rediscover appreciating the rich hues and tones of our reefs. Below are some photos highlighting the colorful dives which I have taken for granted in the past...

the myriad of sponges are simply beautiful..
Dolphin House site

Candy Coral aboud Talisay site

Turtle leaves its coral bed

on the way up for air

The dizzy three at the center of the sardine shoal at Panagsama reef

belated halloween at the Cathedral of Pescador Island

Clemence gets ready for take off, Copton Pt

A red giant frogfish sings soprano
with photobomber Ms Tu

customary group shot

Our customary trip video here
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