THE SITES

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There are more than 40 dive sites spread among the three larger is­lands. Some of the sites, such as Batu Bo­long, are al­ready renowned among divers. We went to this dive site in the morn­ing as ad­vised by our guide to avoid the strong cur­rent in the af­ter­noon, be­cause once the cur­rent gets stronger we need to per­form the neg­a­tive en­try div­ing method to reach the sea bed. The dive site has a big mound of rock un­der the sea whose pin­na­cle can be seen from above the sur­face. The rock is unique be­cause it has a gi­gan­tic hole that you can see from above sea level – hence the name Batu Bo­long, which means rock with a hole. It’s al­ways a full-on fes­ti­val here with the fishes and many macro crit­ters, plus the crys­tal-clear vis­i­bil­ity that reaches 30 me­tres deep makes this site Ko­modo’s sig­na­ture spot. For a macro en­thu­si­ast like me, this dive site is heaven. I found many The next day we went to Pink Beach dive site. Its name is de­rived from the colour of the mi­cro shells that form the sand on the shore. The sea bed here sees slopes with some large corals and a slight ver­ti­cal drop. Pink Beach has an abun­dance of fish and macro crit­ters such as nudi­branchs, pygmy sea­horses, frog fish and leaf scorpion fish. Luck­ily the rag­ing cur­rent had left be­fore we dove, leav­ing us only wa­ter with good vis­i­bil­ity. In the evening we sailed to Loh Sera Bay to take a night dive. Loh Sera site is lo­cated inside the bay and is pro­tected from the strong cur­rent. The dive site is cov­ered by acro­p­ora co­ral, which is the best place to find man­darin fish. There was one small wooden ship wreck 20 me­tres deep, where glass­fish swarm in the cracks and crevices. Af­ter we spent our

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