This is a corner where the reef forms a small edge around 30 meters and then continues down much deeper. A few large sponges protrude and there is often some current here, so jacks, mackerels and big eye snappers converge here.
We were lucky and also saw a group of large tunas passing by several times. A few hunting rainbow runners were joined by a school of fusseliers and two Napoleon wrasses. This is a place you should stay as long as possible at the corner, because, although there are nice walls on both sides – the action is here!! Although the depths beckon – mackerels are visible forming spirals and vertexes, it is better to stay further up, so you can stay longer.
After a while decompression looms and you leave, following the wall and turning your attention to smaller animals. The wall is quite steep with several cracks, overhangs and crannies.
Look in some of the caves where the bottom is sandy and you can find the elusive Randall’s shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris randalli) and even the small whitecap goby (Lotilia graciliosa).
This is a great dive site with beautiful Gorgonians fans of amazing proportions. Parts of the wall are covered with them, nearly like a forest. Huge sponges jut out and fishes are everywhere. Just at the beginning a eagle ray passed us only a couple meters away and hunting jackfish flittered passed. There were several Napoleon wrasses as well as large groups of big eyed snappers. 3. Fishomania (The Pinnacle): This dive site is known for the large schools of fish that gather here.
We saw an incredible amount of yellow-blue snappers, red tooth triggerfish, endless bands of blue fusseliers and grouper and this everywhere! Usually this is a shallow dive, max. 15m, the place is not that large and on the top there are some areas with rubble. A special experience provided a turtle which had its head struck under a coral block eating a tasty sponge and who didn’t seem to be bothered by us divers at all. To get a better grip it hung head down, body high up and pushing with its forward legs. Suddenly it lost its grip and saw us divers hanging around and observing. Even now it went back for its tasty meal – a sponge – and only sailed away later and with a flip was gone.
We made a late afternoon dive here. It is a gentle slope, large coral bonnies interspersed with sand and huge sponges. What I liked most was the incredible atmosphere, the light was very soft and everything was slowly moving – large schools of yellow-blue snappers flowed over the corals, bannerfishes rose over the huge sponges and large groups of big eyed snappers mingled with endless bands of blue fusseliers.
The sheer amount of fish was just amazing! In the middle of this “fish soup” a turtle was resting, when we approached the rose leisurely and sailed away, soon disappearing among the fishes. A great dive for the afternoon (= sore in Indonesian language)
This is a reef which starts on about 22m depth and gently slopes down to 45m and more. The main attraction is a school of large blacktail barracudas which is often found here. Although if there are no barracudas is is also nice to just watch the number of yellow snappers which seem to cover the reef like a moving carpet. If you see the barracudas – when we dived there they gathered around 35m – just stay put, they will come to you.
Then you can slowly rise until you are in the middle of a revolving spiral. If at that moment a turtle joins you, swimming in front of the barracudas, your day is perfect! This is a site, where you dive relatively deep, spend as much time as possible there and then either go up straight away for a safety stop which is either done just above the reef in the open water or you dive back towards the beach.
From 22m up there is a sandy slope with some submerged palm tree trunks – look underneath, there are often lionfish and groupers hiding and up at the sandbank look for small nudibranchs (Thuridillla lineolata) and have a look at the garden eels close by. There also seem to be sometimes a gathering of thousands of Bennett’s toby fish (Canthigaster bennetti)