The Drop-Off/Wall

The Drop-Off/Wall

This site, an old lava flow from Mount Agung, is at the opposite end of the bay from the Wreck (about 15min walk along the stony beach). The dive starts off on a steep sand slope with nudibranches, flounders, goby/shrimp sets. At 12m are sponges with many varieties of shrimp, Leaf Scorpionfish abound and there

This site, an old lava flow from Mount Agung, is at the opposite end of the bay from the Wreck (about 15min walk along the stony beach). The dive starts off on a steep sand slope with nudibranches, flounders, goby/shrimp sets. At 12m are sponges with many varieties of shrimp, Leaf Scorpionfish abound and there are many crinoids, often with attendant Ghost Pipefish.

Continuing round to the R, the slope develops into a reef with very impressive topography, becoming a vertical wall from 15M and descending to below 60m. Visibility – best in the morning – is usually 15-20M (due to the amount of plankton in the water) and, because of the location, it is rare that there is a current, even a mild one.

The wall has profuse sponges, corals, black coral bushes, gorgonian fans – at 30M there’s one that reaches 2M in width that we visit for the Deep Dive on Advanced Courses. The wall, the lava spur, then reverts to being a steep slope. The fish life is similar to that found on the wreck but being a much larger area, is less dense.

However, more often than on the Wreck, you will see white tip reef shark, large Napoleon Wrasse, big Bumphead Parrotfish, some big Filefish (including Scrawled), and large Moray Eel. Late afternoon is the time to see the wide variety of Lionfish that live here, I’m not the person to ask why we see so many of them! There have been sightings of Whale Shark in as little as 9M of water, and much deeper, Hammerhead Shark.

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The back reef at the top of the Wall, averaging 5M, contains an excellent ‘aquarium section’, including cuttlefish, octopus, boxer crabs and many other unexpected treasures, enabling you to finish your dive at around 5m for pretty much as long as you want to. This is, of course, also very popular with snorkellers. (IBP/net)



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