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PHILIPPINESSardine BaitballMost divers know about the famous Sardine Run in South Africa. This is where, during a limited time period, the sardines migrate. In Moalboal however, these millions of tiny, sparkling sardines dance here nearly every day, the whole year around!Moalboal is famous for its incredible walls, full with colourful soft corals and hard corals, like gorgonians, but the sardines are definitely the main attraction.
Watching the huge clouds of sardines creating different shapes and forms with the spectacular reef wall as the backdrop, is a definite must-do for underwater photographers and scuba divers. This tornado of small fishes is only 20-40 metres offshore, but most dive operators will take you there by a traditional Filipino banka boat.
It’s not only attractive for divers, but also for the bigger marine life. Whalesharks and turtles are seen here on a regular basis, just swimming around in their habitat, while big tuna and thresher sharks are seen here for their supper.
The hunt on the small fish by these fish, especially from the thresher shark - the way they honour their name by using their tail as a whip to knock down the sardines - is a breathtaking show and the greatest bonus you can have during a regular dive! The reef wall at this location makes it an all-inclusive dive site, so aside from a wide-angle lens, underwater photographers want to bring their macro lens as well. All kinds of marine life can be found in the corals on the wall that goes around 60m down. Critters such as frogfish, nudibranchs and shrimps, as well as different kinds of tropical fish, make this dive site astounding for any kind of diver.
Essential informationLocation: Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines Depth: Down to 60m Diver level: Beginner to Advanced “ Whalesharks and turtles are seen here on a regular basis, just swimming around in their habitat, while big tuna and thresher sharks are seen here for their supper ”Who to dive with Magic Resorts Philippines www.magicresorts.online
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