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Diving at dive site Ronda Bay, Saavedra Fish Sanctuary

Name Dive Site:Ronda Bay, Saavedra Fish Sanctuary
Depth: 4-40m (13-131ft)
Visibility: 10-25m (32-82ft)
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Best dive-season / How to get there: International flight carriers reach Cebu airport, from there it's a 2 1/2h drive to moalboal. The Saavedra fish sanctuary is reached in 20min by banka boat.

On the way to the sanctuary you will have an idyllic boat ride along beautiful sandy white beaches with coconut palm trees. This site is also good for snorkellers due to it's shallow depth and rich marine life.

The wall slopes down to around 22m where the wall breaks off into a spectacular vertical drop off. Huge gorgonians seafans descend down to 40m and cover the wall in breathtaking orange colors. Reef fish like sweetlips and snappers are seen here and there is a good chance to spot blacktip reef sharks. On the sandy parts of the reef you will find nudibranchs, gobys and shrimps and different anemone fishes. Turtles and shoals of mackerel are also a common sight.

This dive site is also very good to be viewed with only mask and snorkel in shallow depths, to enjoy the huge variety of corals. The reef shelf on white beach is a long stretch fully grown over with mainly hard corals, like table-and stag horn corals. From a depth at around 6m a sand slope leads to an edge around 22m where the wall finally drops of to greater depths.

The sand slope is covered with soft corals and ascidians that often host nudibranches. Sometimes you can see a napoleon wrasse passing by the wall. Also turtles have been observed here and lizardfish and garden eels use the sandy areas as a home.

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