Kemod Shoal is very similar to its much more famous bigger brother, Monad Shoal. Also an underwater seamount rising from the abyss, it has a flattish reef top starting at around 12 metres before sloping away at an ever increasing angle. At around half the depth to the seamount summit, Kemod has more in the way of coral growth and small fish life than Monad, with anemones and clownfish as well as some good hard coral growth. More noticeable however is its size or rather how small it is when compared with the seamount top at Monad Shoal which is at least 1.5 km in length. The top of the shoal at Kemod is probably only a few hundred square metres making it a much smaller site.
Our dive resort had only been diving this site for 4 weeks before we arrived so it was not an established dive by any means – made more evident by the use of a GPS to locate it (the only time our crew used one) and the absence of any other dive vessels. I was reliably informed that they had first found the seamount on April 1st and had yet to bring many divers here. In the few dives the guides had made they had however encountered both hammerhead and thresher sharks with predictable regularity.
This shoal lies close to the island of Leyte, east of Malapascua and you can reach it in about 45 min. Besides sightings of thresher sharks and devil rays, there is a good chance to encounter hammerhead sharks. The top of the shoal is about 10-12 m deep and is covered in sponges, hard- and soft corals. The south side of Kemod shoal forms a slope which goes as deep as 30m before it turns into a great drop off. The rest of the shoal have stunning walls, covered with sea fans and corals. Yellow fin tuna, unicorn fish, mackerel and barracudas can be seen regularly. Best time for Kemod is between March – June.