Dive Site: Panagsama Moalboal Cebu

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Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic reef and macro
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 9MBottom: 12M
Location: Panagsama is on the western most point, about one third of the way up the reef.

Description

Panagsama delivers everything from nudibranchs to pipefish, commensal shrimps to razorfish, and juvenile spotted sweetlips to scorpionfish.

The terrain is a sloping rocky reef with corals dotted about, which peter out around the 12 m mark, so most of what you’ll see is in the 6 to 10 m zone.

Reeftop pipefish at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

The first thing that strikes you about this dive site is the number of pipefish; especially the reef top pipefish who simply sit there on top of the reef sometimes in twos and threes. The ringed pipefish are a little harder to see as they hide in the holes and under ledges. (It would be useful to take a torch on this dive).

Mirrored pair of ringed pipefish at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

A small group of razor fish danced around us on the reef.

Razorfish hanging vertically at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

There is plenty to see and those who look hard will be rewarded. Often you’ll find a tasselled scorpionfish like this one hiding in plain sight.

Tasselled scorpionfish juv I suspect at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

There’s lots of jelly coral, and for every jelly coral there’s a Jelly coral shrimp!

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

There are quite a few Toby’s

Papuan Toby at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

and pufferfish around.

Black spotted yellow pufferfish at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

We also saw many of the usual nudi suspects Phyllidia and Chromodoris, but this one, a Reticulated Chromodoris I had not seen before: it looks like a sugared jellybean.

Reticulated Chromodoris at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit

At the end of our dive we were treated to the dancing display of the juvenile many spotted sweet lips who seems to samba around the reef tirelessly.

Juvenile many spotted sweetlips at Panagsama diving Moalboal Cebu in the Philippines by Diveplanit