MOALBOAL DIVE SITES
Moalboal has 12 official dive sites, all marked with anchor buoys to protect the sensitive reefs. 3 of these dive sites serve as marine parks where fishing is prohibited. All divers pay a fee and can therefore visit all dive sites. The times to reach the dive sites are relatively short, maximum 15 minutes. After each dive, we return to the dive shop so you have a long surface intervall between the dives and get enough time to relax. We offer 3 boat dives daily, in the morning at 8.30 am, 11 am and in the afternoon at 2 pm. You can dive on our house reef at any time during the office hours. All dives are accompanied by an experienced Divemaster/Instructor who will show you all the special animals and rarities of our dive sites.
A heaven for macro photography. Here you can find real rarities like Xeno crabs, soft coral crabs, tiny frogfish or even a blue ringed octopus. The house reef offers every meter a rich variety of corals and small unique animals. Green turtles are seen on nearly every dive and in the afternoon hawksbill turtles can be observed feeding on sponges. A dive on the house reef can be done at any time of the day and is easy to access.
This dive site became world famous because of the enormous shoals of sardines which can be already observed in shallow depths. Along the wall you can find frogfishes and turtles are drifting through the blue.
Pescador offers a huge variety on both soft-and hard corals, as well as overhangs crevices, steep drop off’s and beautiful coral gardens on the reef shelf.
The wall is decorated with black corals, sea fans, sponges, and feather stars and breathtaking soft corals.
Expect to find schooling snappers, Anthias in purple and orange color, scorpion fish, frogfish and sometimes even a leaf fish or spanish dancer.
A special feature is Pescador „ Cathedral“ a vertical chimney that starts at 18m and you can exit at around 30m.
Probably the most colorful dive site in Moalboal due to a huge variety of soft corals and reef fish. The shallow part of the reef is covered with sand where you can find flounders and sometimes a devilfish. This sandy slope continues to a depth at around 25 m where you encounter rock boulder with breathtaking soft colors in psychedelic colors. Here the wall drops of into greater depths. On the sand ledge you see scorpion fish and garden eels and along the drop off different kind of triggerfish and fusiliers
This is the best protected sanctuary in Moalboal which offers a great variety of fishes including, milk fish, snappers, sweetlips, triggerfish, batfish…This reef has many overhangs and crevices where you have a good chance to find green turtles resting. Black corals, seafans and sponges decorate the wall and in the blue schools of squid drifting in the open sea. Fantastic soft corals are growing along the steep drop off in red and yellow colors.
Another steep wall with lots of black corals and gorgonians. In the shallows you may find juvenile reef fish and many Gogies with their shrimps. Along the drop off there are sometimes schools of small barracudas and you may even see a Spanish mackerel hunting in the blue.
Tuble is a dive along a steep drop off. In greater depths sometimes pygmy seehorses can be found. Along the wall you encounter seasnakes, nudibranchs, lionfish and pipefishes.
The reef top provides plenty of habitat for smaller marine life such as pipefish, lionish and pufferfish. At a depth of about 26m, the steep wall offers many overhangs in which nudibranches and various shrimps are found.Whip corals and tube sponges give the steep wall breathtaking shapes and colors and sometimes in gorgonian sea fans pygmy seahorses can be found.
In shallow depths you find mostly hard corals like table- and staghorn corals. Juvenile batfish and lionfish find a good shelter here and in the sandy areas you may find a seagras ghostpipefish or ribbon eel. Along the wall you see sea fans and soft corals as well as sponges. Nudibranches, many different anemone fishes, mantis shrimps a good selection of shrimps and crabs and many sand dwelling can be found here. In a depth of around 20m you can a small airplane wreck which attracks multiple marine life.
Also a steep drop off which has sandy outcrops and a few overhangs. Often you can see batfish here and sometimes barracudas. At the wall you see feather stars, black corals, different anemones and some smaller reef fish. On top of the reef you find hard corals and often turtles.
Saavedra Fish Sanctuary has wonderful hard corals which cover the entire reef on the shallow reef plateau. Groupers, snappers and sweet lips are regular visitors as well as as juvenile mackerel. Turtles are seen frequently and at depths about 30 m huge gorgonian sea fans decorate the wall and offer a fantastic panorama.