A Dive Boat anchored on a white sand beach in Siquijor

Scuba Diving Siquijor: Exploring Larena’s Coral Reefs



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Just a short boat trip from Dumaguete is the island of Siquijor. In September 2004, Kyle and Melissa Rickert, two volunteers from my group had a house warming party for the nipa house they built themselves to live in during their two year Peace Corps service. Just before the house warming festivities kicked off, Daniel Simon and I went over to nearby Kiwi Dive Resort for a look at Siquijor’s reefs.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Located near Larena, Kiwi Dive Resort has a great reef just a short boat ride away.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    We found this large fish trap that had a few unfortunate fellows inside.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Daniel might have been thinking about the best way to set them free.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The spines on this lion fish warn divers to stay away.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    These clown fish shared their anemone with some transparent anemone shrimp. See if you can spot one of them just above the right hand clown fish.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    A closer view and you can see them much better.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Here you can see just how transparent they really are.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The clown fish didn't seem to mind sharing their anemone with the shrimp.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Anemone really are pretty tough to spot.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    The Kiwi reef had healthy schools of fish swimming near the deeper dropoff section.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Tomato clowns like this one sometimes stir up clouds of sea dust when they aggressively protect their anemones.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    You can see the edge of Cebu in the right side of this frame.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Large batfish like this one can look pretty strange swimming by.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    This species of nudibranch is pretty common in the Philippines.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    These clown fish seemed to be cowering beneath the shadow of the much larger fish.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Daniel Simon looks like he's got his feet propped up in a sea-going easy chair.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    A back entry is pretty common here, especially with a small boat like this one.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    With all that heavy dive gear, you usually hit the water like a ton of bricks. Photo by Daniel Bowman Simon.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    But you pop up to the surface, give the "ok" sign, and then head under the sea. Photo by Daniel Bowman Simon.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Damselfish crowded this anemone that had two tomato clown fish living inside it.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Tomato clowns are more aggressive than their "nemo" brethren, and sometimes dole out sharp warning nips to divers who get too close.

  • Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004

    Diving in Larena, Siquijor - September 2004
    Whip corals float tendril-like up from the sea floor.