Also known as Leaning Rock this site is found midway up on Lembeh Island. The fringing reef in the shallows gives way to sand and patch reefs that go down to 25m, ornate ghost pipefish are regulars here.
A classic black sand muck dive with frogfish and ambon scorpionfish among the many critters that inhabit this site.
Named after the village in the bay this is another gentle black sand slope with a great chance of seeing a variety of pipefish, from ornates to robust. Stargazers and devilfish have also been seen in the sand.
Next door to Teluk Kembahu 1 we have regular sightings of the infamous rhynopias at this site.
Teluk Kembahu, or “TK1″ and “TK2″ are classic muck dives and the habitat of many rare critters. The video features an unidentified eel, giant anglerfish, nudibranchs, dwarf lionfish, ornate ghost pipefish, moray eels, tobies, urchins, banggai cardinalfish, dragonet and a snake eel.
The site at the southern tip of Sarena Kecil, or Small Island, has a sandy slope dotted with small coral heads down turning into a sand rubble area at 18m does not look like much at first. Look a little harder and seahorses, decorator crabs, squat lobsters and nudibranchs all appear. At night bob-tailed squid and tiny red waspfish come out to play.
Aw shucks is a patch reef near one of the pearl farms along the Sulawesi Coast. The mushroom corals here sometimes have the tiny commensal white pipefish. This seemingly endless sand slope holds lots of surprises from devilfish and nudibranchs to snake eels.
An amazing mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) at “Aw Shucks” in the Lembeh Strait impersonates a flounder and banded sea snakes while fleeing from observers. This species was not officially discovered until 1998. The video opens with a reef octopus at Pantai Parigi sheltering inside a broken glass.
Nicknamed Red Rock this gradual sand slope with a fringing reef has several beautiful ribbon eels. At 25m there is a depression in the sand that houses a marvelous rock that is filled with sweepers, feather stars, cleaner shrimp, dragonettes, eels and many other amazing creatures.
This is the most northern dive site and often has the clearest water. The steep reef slope is filled with beautiful soft corals, sea fans and sponges. The pygmy seahorse is often spotted here.
This site is small protected cove along the Sulawesi coast. The reef slope starts at only 3m and gradually works its way deeper. A colourful wall abuts the slope in the shallows. It has resident cockatoo waspfish, and a pair of Pegasus sea moths. Frogfish often put in an appearance and on night dives a coral cat shark can be seen.
This steep reef on the northern end of Lembeh Island gives way to a sand slope at 25m. It is a stunning site with good visibility and lots of fish life. You can also see the resident shy jaw fish on a sand slope by the mooring.
Situated at the northern end of the Strait a beautiful rocky / sloping site where there are regular sightings of the blue ring octopus.
This site on the northern coast of Lembeh Island is full of gorgonians, sea fans and brilliant orange tree corals that bloom when the current is running, along with giant green frogfish and plenty of fish. A shallow plateau at 12m is a great place for hunting unusual critters.
A beautiful mini-wall that gives way to a sand and rubble slope, this site is well known for its variety of nudibranchs, comet fish and pygmy seahorses.
A night dive is a great way to discover Lembeh’s weird and wonderful critters. This video was shot at Nudi Falls, Jahir and at Two Fish Divers’ house reef “Muka”. Opens with striped eel catfish and features a black-saddled toby, whiteface waspfish, plumstriped waspfish, painted anglerfish (frogfish), banded pipefish, bartail moray, princely volute, leaf scorpionfish, decorator crab, anemone hermit crab, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, hornnosed boxfish, crocodilefish, anemone crab, saddleback anemonefish, starry night octopus, reef octopus, dwarf cuttlefish and squid.
This submerged pinnacle off the north coast of Lembeh Island rises to just under the surface. Visibility is usually good as the pinnacle has several swim-throughs at 25m where jacks and snappers hang out. It also has an assortment of critters like pygmy seahorses, devilfish, and leaf fish.
This site is similar to Hairball 1 and comes with an almost guaranteed sighting of common seahorses in the shallows.
This is a true “Muck” site that is home to some of our most unusual creatures. There are no corals, only black sand, algae and the occasional patch of sponges. Some of the critters found here grow skin filaments to blend in with the algae and we often seen frogfish, Ambon scorpion fish, snake eels, devilfish, dragonettes and even the flamboyant cuttlefish.
This classic muck dive is also on the Sulawesi side of the Lembeh Strait and is so named because of the weed lying on the black volcanic sand. The video opens with a hairy frogfish (striated anglerfish) squaring up to the camera and closes with an Ambon scorpionfish swallowing a small bypasser. In between we meet nudibranchs including the distinctive Melibe viridis, an orange devil scorpionfish, a moray eel hosting a cleaner shrimp, filefish, a peacock mantis shrimp, a lionfish and an urchin crab taking cover under a blue-spotted urchin.
This small fringing reef leads to patch reefs and coral heads at 10m. The site takes its name from the small rock that teems with life; ribbon eels, pearl-eyed morays, sweepers, leaf fish and devilfish have been seen. The shallows are a good place to spot large cuttlefish.