November 19, 2014

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...

sponges at Dolphin house while candy coral aboud at Talisay


prolific turtle population, three to seven on one dive

customary visit to the Cathedral of Pescador Island

clemence inspecting soft coral while Ms Tu poses along a yawning giant frogfish 

Clemence ready for take off

 customary group shot

customary dive trip video