Dive Site: Dolphin House Moalboal Cebu

Tunicates with stars on them at dolphin house diving moalboal cebu philippines banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic reef and macro
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 18M
Location: The Dolphin House dive site is adjacent Dolphin House Resort.

Description

Dolphin House is another dive site with a variety of marine life from turtles to tunicates, scorpionfish to seastars, bubble coral shrimp to Blackbelt Hogfish.

Dolphin house is named after the nearby resort and the words are clearly written on the wall of a little house visible on the cliff line.

Turtle departing 4 at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

We were treated to a couple of lazy turtles who were happy for us to take a few photos.

Bubble coral shrimp at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

The site has bubble coral, and some hard coral with a razor sharp pattern etched on its surface.

Crazy cut coral at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

The corals here appear to be slightly larger than in the middle of the reef, and the most commonly observed creatures are the same: plenty of Toby’s and pufferfish, lots of pipefish, and anthias and damsels in place of butterflies and angels.

Reeftop pipefish at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Most of the fish seem reasonably shy of divers particularly the Blackbelt Hogfish.

Black belt Hogfish at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

In common with other sites along the reef, seastars seemed to be a feature of every dive.

Cushion Seastar at Pescadore diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Likewise, scorpionfish – they seem always to be there – even if you don’t see them.

Flasher scorpionfish but not sure at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

One thing that struck me as particularly strange on this dive was the tunicates: why would tunicates be adorned with six-pointed star patterns on them?

Tunicates with stars on them - why? at Dolphin House diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit