Dive 192: East Rock, Pulau Si Amil (Malaysia)

Dive time:  00:45:00
Max depth:  27.1 metres
Temperature:  29 C
Visibility:  10 metres
Buddy:  Jose
Surface interval:  14:08:00

Back in Si Amil today and another great dive with lots of critters about.  Our DM, Alvin, was searching for pygmy sea horses on the gorgonian fans but unfortunately we didn’t find any on this dive.  However, we did see a leaf fish, cute little shrimp, nudibranchs, a couple of lion fish, including a juvenile that was about 5cm long (cute!), and a variety of eels including a massive moray eel, spotted garden eels poking their heads out of the sand, a blue ribbon eel, and an even smaller juvenile moray that was probably only around 20cm long.

Just as we were up at the top of the reef to do our safety stop, Jose saw a small turtle just hanging out.  It was just happily chilling out at around 10m and seemed oblivious to Jose’s paparazzi flashes.  Alvin mentioned after the dive that it was quite rare to see turtles around Si Amil so we were very lucky indeed to have a turtle sighting!

The diving here on Si Amil reminds me a bit of Sydney diving, with rocky outcrops with decent growth on them, but the amount of life here is just spectacular.  Truly a macro photographer’s paradise!

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