When I first came to the Philippines I immediately fell in love with the diving (and not only that). The marine life was simply flabbergasting me from all angles. The first spot I dived was in Mactan, close to Cebu City. While the topside of Mactan is unremarkable – a typical buzzing Filipino town with bumpy streets and vibrant street life – the underwater world is an incredible experience for any marine naturalist.
This gaudily colored sea slug is an example of the breathtaking macro life I found in front of my lens, just meters off the water’s edge. The slug belongs to the species Nembrotha kubaryana. Look at the soft corals and encrusting algae around the mollusk: An incredible firework of colors. No wonder I traveled back many times more to the ‘Pinas since then.