Marine Life

What You Will See

Kasai Village and Moalboal’s reef offer some of the best coral, creature and fish variety in Asia. On any given dive, you are likely to see an abundance of reef fish: parrotfish (juvenile and adult), damselfish, butterfly fish, frog fish, angel fish and many others presented on almost every dive site. Grouper and snapper are healthy and you may see large schools of blue tang and creole wrasse. You are also likely to encounter at least one hawksbill or green turtle on every dive. If you do a few dives with us, you might be lucky to see whale shark, white tip reef shark, blue ring octopus, mandarine fish, ghost pipefish and harlequin shrimps.

On the dives themselves, we tend to point out creatures and “unusually shaped fish” such as shaded bat fish, trumpet fish, eels, trunk fish, pygmy seahorse to name a few. As far as creatures (non-fish), we also regularly see matis shrimp and slippe lobster. There is also a very interesting macro life, with many shrimps, crabs, blennies, gobies, nudibranchs and worms. Night dives also offer a different set with all the crustaceans out in the open, octopus, squid and even bioluminescence!

Our experienced dive guide and instructors are highly knowledgeable about the reef inhabitants and fish behaviors with a wealth of knowledge on different areas  and interests. Sit down with us, consult the fish book and we will help you identify what you saw on your dives. We also have a large flat-screen TV in the shop where we regularly display slideshows of the things we have seen recently, video footage from dives and training experience. Even after thousands of dives, we are still just as excited to see our reef inhabitants like it’s our first time. We’re always on the lookout for finding something new.

The Galleries below  are photos from our previous guests and staff that have caught the moment during their dives with Kasai Village Dive Team. We are very thankful to our generous divers for making this Marine Gallery possible. We update the gallery  with more pictures soon as they become available. 

Photography

Reef Fish

Identification Group 1

DISK-SHAPED/COLORFUL - Butterfly fishes – Angelfishes – Spadefishes

Identification Group 2

LARGE OVALS – Surgeonfishes – Moorish Idol – Rabbitfishes – Scats

Identification Group 3

SMALL OVALS – Damselfishes – Anemonefishes

Identification Group 4

SLOPING HEADS / TAPERED BODIES – Snappers – Coral Breams – Emperors – Seabreams

Identification Group 5

SILVERY – Jacks – Barracudas – Tunas & mackerels – Others

Identification Group 6

SLENDER SCHOOLERS / COLORFUL – Fusiliers – Anthias

Identification Group 7

HEAVY BODIES / LARGE LIPS  - Groupers – Soapfishes – Hawkfishes – Sweetlips

Identification Group 8

SWIM WITH PECTORAL FINS – Parrotfishes

Identification Group 9

SWIM WITH PECTORAL FINS – WRASSES – Wrasses/Tuskfishes – Hogfishes – Razorfishes

Identification Group 10

REDDISH/BIG EYES – Soldierfishes – Squirrelfishes – Bigeyes

Identification Group 11

CARDINALFISHES & GLASSFISHES

Identification Group 12

CRYPTIC CREVICE DWELLERS – Basslets – Dottybacks – Devilfishes – Brotulas – Cuskeels

Identification Group 13

ELONGATE SAND & BURROW DWELLERS – Dartfishes – Tilefishes – Dragonets – Sandperches – Lizardfishes – Others

Identification Group 14

SMALL, ELONGATE BOTTOM DWELLERS – Gobies

Identification Group 15

SMALL. ELONGATE BOTTOM DWELLERS – Blennies

Identification Group 16

ODD-SHAPED BOTTOM DWELLERS – Frogfishes – Scorpionfishes & Lionfishes – Stonefishes – Waspfishes – Flatheads – Flounders & Soles – Others

Identification Group 17

ODD-SHAPED SWIMMERS – Boxfishes – Goatfishes – Sweepers – Triggerfishes – Filefishes – Puffers – Porcupinefishes – Others

Identification Group 18

PIPEFISHES & SEAHORSES

Identification Group 19

EELS

Identification Group 20

SHARKS & RAYS

 

Hard Corals

Soft Corals

Sponges

Feather Stars

Crab

Shrimps

Squat Lobsters

Sea Shells / Clamp / Snail

Sea Stars / Brittle Stars

Nudibranch

Worms

Cephalopods

Jellyfish

Turtles

 

Video