Dive Site: Pogaling Anda Bohol

Coral compositiion with anemonefish at pagaling diving anda bohol philippines banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic reef and macro
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 15M
Location: The northern most dive site on the western side of Anda, about 20 minutes from Magic Oceans Resort

Description

At Pogaling a pretty reef slopes to a sandy bottom at just 15m. This makes it one of the best sites around for both sandy macro and scenic reef fish.

Pogaling is at the northern tip of the reef to the west of Anda. The fall at the reef’s edge here is only 10m to the sandy slope, so it makes for a good second dive. As such, we see more creatures associated with that sandy slope on this dive.

The first thing to catch the eye is the rhymic dancing of the juvenile many spotted sweetlips.

Juv many spotted sweetlips at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

There are many sea anemones on the sand. There is plenty of space on the sandy substrate, so you can find a comfortable spot to watch.

Diver photographing damsels at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

The anemones aren’t just home to anemonefish.

Red and Black anemonefish at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Some like to have guests over …

Skunk anemonefish at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

And others are home to other species too.

Spotted Porcelain Crab at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Where there is sand, you will find goatfish – the bicolour goatfish was particularly common in the region.

Bicolour Goatfish at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

There are also gobies sitting quietly on the sand … watching your every move.

Pair of Orange-Dashed Gobies at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

And others … just hovering above.

Banded Goby at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Slugs, like this headshield slug also seem to like the sandy substrate.

Gardiners Headshield Slug at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Rising back up the slope once again, the colours return.

Featherstar with tunicates at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit

Along with the perfectly formed hard corals on the reef top.

Coral compositiion with anemonefish at Pogaling diving Anda Bohol in the Philippines by Diveplanit