Maureen's Place - Padre Burgos. Named for our delightful housekeeper, this site turned up a few surprises. A small banca wreckage, at only 8m depth, shelters sweetlips, whilst on the coral wall groupers, surgeon fish, trigger fish and snappers dart about. Smaller critters including pygmy seahorses, cowries and pipefish are all seen here.
The Pier - Padre Burgos. Simply macro heaven! Below the pier reaches only 6m depth and hours can be spent here discovering new creatures. Zebra snout seahorses cling to the sponges that adorn the pier supports, freckled frogfish blend into the sponges, ghost pipefish sway in the gentle surge and blue ringed octopus lurk in holes. Other creatures commonly found here are devilfish, pleurobranchs, coral cowries, seamoths, a variety of blennies, nudibranchs and at sunset the mandarin fish come out to mate.
Napantaw Reef - Closely monitored by the Coral Cay Conservation, the corals here are very healthy and fishing in the area is limited. Two dives here are needed to fully explore the reef. Soft corals, whips and black corals cling to the wall whilst hard coral formations in the shallow water make for awesome photographic opportunity. You're likely to find pygmy seahorses, see turtles amble by and come across the occasional black tip shark in the shallows.
Gunter's Wall - Limasawa. Black corals, green tree corals and huge barrel sponges, with resident hairy squat lobsters, decorate the gentle reef slope. The shallow reef shelf is full of soft corals in whcih to look for robust ghost pipefish and juvenile filefishes. Turtles, banded sea snakes and barracuda are amongst the most common sightings. We also see seahorses, leaf fish, frog fish and hundreds of Phyllodesmium nudibranchs grouped together.
Philippines Diving Trip Blog
The island of Leyte, in the eastern Visayas, is a mere 180km north to south and just 65km wide. Densely covered with forest and mountains the people here have relied upon the sea for their income. Whale sharks, once fished here for their meat and oils, are now a protected species and local municipalities welcome tourists to the area.