Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, January 2008)

The underwater fauna of Leyte in pictures

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

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Without a whale shark, in Sogod Bay (Leyte), I fell back on the small people of the reef ... And there is something to do and observe!

I have not written much since Leyte, where I started my trip to the Philippines, lack of internet connection worthy of the name. But here I am now in Siquijor, where I write from Larena, the port and main city of the island. There is a relatively high speed internet center there that will allow me to send more photos. Here are some images brought back from the reefs of Sogod Bay.

The reign of the "little"

So I was in Leyte, near the town of Padre Burgos, to dive into Sogod Bay. On the spot, I opted for Sogod Bay Scuba Resort. My hope was meet the whale sharks, supposed to frequent the bay in this season. No doubt I was there a little too early, because they were not there yet ..

Fortunately, there were plenty of other creatures in abundance to console me.

A small family of clownfish. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A small family of clownfish. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
This scorpion fish is watching me bubble, impassive. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
This scorpion fish is watching me bubble, impassive. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
An antenna or "toadfish" white, well on its fins in the middle of the coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
An antennae or "toadfish" white, well on its fins in the middle of the coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A crinoid, clinging to a branch of coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A crinoid, clinging to a branch of coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

Side "small", I feasted with nudibranchs, these small sea slugs with amazing colors. Here, there are many, and their variety is spectacular ... I photographed them to no end!

A beautiful flashy pink nudibranch! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A beautiful flashy pink nudibranch! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Horns forward! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Horns forward! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Another one! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Another one! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

The sites of Leyte are splendid, the coral is remarkably preserved there. At the moment, the visibility is not great, which forces to focus on the "little" more than on the "big". For a visit of 20-30 meters, according to Ron, the Englishman who runs the Sogod Bay Scuba Resort, it is in summer that you have to come, in July for example. But at that time, no whale sharks to pass ...

All the usual tropical fauna is there, in abundance. Max Climates, the house-reef (the "reef of the house", that is to say the part of the reef just in front of the diving center) is beautiful. The site of Napantao, on the other side of the bay, just opposite, with two hanging brims of life, is my favorite, I think (sometimes current a little treacherous, we are recommended to be careful, but the the day I was there, nothing at all).

Dive sites in Sogod Bay. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Dive sites in Sogod Bay. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

Leyte

I stayed only four days in Leyte, and now I think I might have to prolong my stay a little longer. To do some more dives and walk around a bit.

I did not find the time to push until Padre Burgos in a tricycle. I did not see anything at all Malitbog, city located about fifteen kilometers from where I was, where there is, if I believe my Lonely Planet, one of the oldest churches in the area, built with dead coral.

The wind blows on the dead coral beach of Sogod Bay Scuba Resort. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
The wind blows on the dead coral beach of Sogod Bay Scuba Resort. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
The road to Padre Burgos is very quiet. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
The road to Padre Burgos is very quiet. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

At the end of the beach that the Sogod Bay Scuba Resort share with the Peter's Dive Center (the first of the dive centers to have opened at this place, I think, at least the best known), there are a handful of huts, half wood, half sheet metal, and some houses along the road, which make up the village of Lungsodaan.

The kids come back from school, school bag on back, uniform with long plaid skirt for girls, some already play ball in the dust of the road. Everywhere, there are baskets and basketball courts, obviously more practiced than football, here. The American influence? Children (especially girls, not intimidated at all!) Are many to me, with the same eternal sentence, that all had to learn in class: " Hello ! What's your name? "

I apply myself to articulate well. Nothing works. "Corinne" always becomes "Cowine" or "Coquine". It works best when I claim to call myself "Corrina", as in the song ...

In short, charming welcome everywhere, in this little frequented village.

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