This is a fairly shallow dive (not more than 20m) and
promises tight passage ways leading to caves, swooping channels through coral cliffs, large lagoons and lots of unspoilt undersea life. The dive map above has been borrowed from http://www.wannadive.net because somehow I seem to have lost the one we used.
The hard coral gardens are magnificent and massive in scale.
As you fin around and over them, it feels like a sensation very similar flying low over hilly landscapes
The colours of the coral constantly changes
although the blue hue in the water is always apparent.
Some of the hard corals are unusual in shape and have
algae living on them
the soft corals are beautiful both in shape and texture and
some have flowers collecting nutrients which sway in the current. The clams we see on this site are unusual in their size and colour.
The bivalve nature of a clam is evident above – this one was about 60 cms side to side.
Marine life lives in the corals, there are numerous small fish
in the above hard coral
and of course, Nemos live in the anemones.
The tunnels and caves are just as good as promised
With tight entrances leading into larger foyers and then
into large caverns with sunlight streaming through holes in the roof. If you put your head through the hole, you come up in the middle of the reef – this is not advised in case you get stuck and the water is too shallow here for a Rib to come and get you, so a walk across the coral would be required – something not to be encouraged.
As is usually the case, in the darkened tunnels, soft corals grow. This is a magnificent dive site and one I would like to revisit.