Diving holiday in the Philippines

For our Christmas holiday from school, we went diving in the Philippines. We chose this location due to the positive comments we heard from diving colleagues at CISQD related to the health of the corals and biodiversity of wildlife that could be easily seen. We went to two locations in the Philippines; the first week in Moalboal, Cebu and the second week in San Rogue, Southern Leyte.

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The two spots were demographically different. Moalboal is a tourist destination and had countless dive resorts and snorkeling/dive excursion locations. The community of Moalboal was a 3-hour drive from the Cebu airport, but that doesn’t deter people from visiting its amazing reefs. San Rogue was the exact opposite; we stayed at one of three dive resorts in the area. When we walked around the town on the day before leaving, there was not a souvenir in any of the stores. San Rogue is a simple fishing village and doesn’t cater to tourists. 

Here are the highlights from both Moalboal and San Rogue put together by Grant.

The following photos are from both locations. It became a running joke that I take a ridiculous quantity of photos. Based on the movement of fish and me, for every 50 photos taken, 1 might be good. 

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Healthy coral ecosystem

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Grant walking to the boat at Moalboal – Except for one night dive at a pier in San Rogue, all were boat dives.

 

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Larger-than-life sea fans

 

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Green sea turtle at a “cleaning station” – smaller fish eating the algae and bacteria on the turtle’s shell

 

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Alison’s favorite type of coral – looked like a beautiful flower

 

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A&G on the boat at Moalboal

 

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Caught in the act 🙂 at Moalboal

 

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Moorish idol couple and parrotfish

 

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Fish *run* up and down the vertical coral wall

 

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Green sea turtle at Tuble Reef, Moalboal

 

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Alison’s favorite – anemonefish

 

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Puffer fish eating along the bottom of the coral wall

 

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This is what biodiversity looks like 🙂

 

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Green sea turtle at Southern Leyte

 

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Can you spot the seahorse?

 

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Jellies 🙂

 

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A-okay!

 

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Peace

 

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Sloping coral reef and fish *run*

 

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Vagabond butterflyfish couple

 

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Moorish idol eating some coral

 

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Heading back to Southern Leyte Dive Resort after a long day of diving

 

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Can you spot the fire coral?

 

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Clownfish

 

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Various coral types on the wall with a fish *run*

 

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Regal angelfish – these were quite elusive fish. This is the best shot we have – and not for lack of trying. When we would swim overhead, they would immediately scurry away and hide.

 

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Anemonefish living in bright purple coral

 

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Can you spot the sea snake?

Needless to say, we got our diving fix… for now.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🙂


6 thoughts on “Diving holiday in the Philippines

  1. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been conducting a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner because I discovered it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending some time to talk about this matter here on your site.

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  2. Oh my goodness Grant that video was seriously spiritual! What an unbelievable perspective you get under water away from the world and everything we think is important. Thanks for sharing it with us! And that shark thing! Whoa!!

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  3. Thank you so much for taking time to create the fabulous video, for writing so much and adding all the photos. I am so happy for you! MUDITA❤️May you have many more adventures in 2019!

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