A Clown fish from the Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary

Scuba Diving Bohol: Balicasag Island Marine Sanctuary



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These are some of my favorite underwater photos from the Balicasag Island Marine sanctuary. The island is a short boat ride from our Peace Corps training site in Bohol and very near where I received my scuba certification on Panglao Island.The people who live on the island fished the reefs surrounding the island to the brink; however they established a marine sanctuary and now things have rebounded dramatically.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Now all they need is a picket fence.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Almost as if they were posing for the camera.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Ok, I'll admit that I really did enjoy "Finding Nemo".

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    ...and away they go!

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Moving a bit up the food chain, this large school of five pound jacks clustered closer and closer together as I approached.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    When I was within 20 feet, the school began to spiral nervously like a silver cyclone.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Even when I was so close, they held their group together--notice the fellow in the lower right corner who still has an appetite.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Unneccessary zoom!

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    At the bottom of the foodchain, this nudibranch might look like a pushover, but he's very poisonous.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Ooooh Barracuda! Anyone remember that song? I know someone out there does.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    In another installment from the "Dangers Under the Sea" series , this is a sea snake, one of the most poisonous in the world. The only thing that kept me from fleeing in terror is the fact that they have tiny, tiny little mouths and are unable to bite you unless they can catch a hold of one of your fingers. Not quite as menacing as the king cobra I saw in Bangkok!

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    A skunk anemone fish.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    Hi Mom! I'm underwater.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    A bubble coral at 20 meters below the surface.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    This trevally was really moving when I tried to take a photo of him. At least that is how I explain the bad composition of this photo.

  • Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004

    Balicasag Marine Sanctuary - March & April 2004
    And finally, I couldn't resist doing this photo, even though the salt water burned my eyes giving me a pained expression.