The House Reef - Hard coral
Depth : 4m/15m Difficulty : easy Visibility : 10m/15m Distance : 0nm
Located within the bay (off the pier), the house reef is naturally protected from waves and current and therefore is our favourite playground for dive courses. An interesting field of fire corals can be seen here, along with various species of sponges, turtles or nudibranches and plenty of tropical reef fishes including one particular clown fish specific to Sumatra.
Pulau sironjong kecil - Night dive
Depth : 5m/20m Difficulty: Advanced diver Visibility : Night dive Distance : 0.4nm
Within a just 5 minutes distance by boat this site is our favourite location for night dives. We dive alongside a wall of rocks covered in very colourful soft corals. Small caves in the wall are used as shelters for the night by a group of sea turtles of which a really massive male, probably 100 years old or above. Amazing crabs can be spotted there as for example sponge or spider crabs as well as big, purple pleurobranches.
Pantai Empat - Pantai Lima - Hard Coral
Depth : 4m/15m Difficulty : easy Visibility : 10m/15m Distance : 1.5nm
Located at the southern tip of the island, less than 10 minutes by speed boat, those two sites are covered with very rich hard coral formation like stag horn coral, table coral and cabbage coral. It's a natural habitat for some hawksbill turtle and green turtle. The shallow water of this sites allow us an extended bottom time up to 80-90 minutes. The shallowness and the seascape make it a very nice dive site for under water photographers.
MS Boelongan - Wreck dive
Depth : 14m/24m Difficulty : Advanced Diver Visibility : 2m/10m Distance : 1.5nm
MS Boelongang is the wreck of an 85m Dutch cargo ship that was sunk on 28 January 1942 by the Japanese air forces during the attack on Padang harbour. The wreck is still visible in its entirety but we reckon that bearing its age and location, penetration is too dangerous. A large quantity of big snappers and groupers use the wreck as shelter and can always be seen on this site. It has to be noted though that the visibility can range from poor to bad due to the location of the wreck on a river mouth.
Gabuo deep - sponges
Depth : 15m/25m Difficulty : Advanced diver Visibility : 10/15m Distance : 2.7nm
Gabuo deep is a barrel sponges garden located at the northern exit of our bay on a reef at a depth ranging between 15m and 25m. The profusion of purple barrel sponges and colourful soft corals makes it a spectacular site. Tide reversals at this entry point into the bay are highly appreciated by the snappers during their hunts.
Pulau Marak Utara - Soft coral
Depth : 5m/30m Difficulty : Advanced diver Visibility : 12/25m Distance : 5nm
This dive site located alongside the shore of an island is running through a soft coral garden. Following a smooth slope the site goes from surface down to 30 m where massive white sea fans can be seen. It's a very colourful spot due to the varieties of soft corals and many stingrays can be seen half berried in the sand. This is a perfect site for under water photographers, with very interesting nudibranches, sexy shrimps and porcelain crabs.
Pulau pagang Selatan - Drop off
Depth : 5m/30m Difficulty : Easy Visibility : 12/25m Distance : 5.4nm
This coral wall is one of our preferred sites for your first dive. Diving begins on a pretty shallow hard coral bottom and then continues down smoothly to a rocky area at about 12 meters where some turtles reside and where the wall begins. Covered in soft corals the wall hosts quantities of species (red scallops, Indian pipe fish, comet fish, oriental sweet lips). The various depths of the site make it an easy spot suitable for all levels.
Pulau pagang pantai - Soft coral
Depth : 5m/33m Difficulty : Advanced diver Visibility : 12/25m Distance : 5.8nm
This dive spot combines a sandy, pretty shallow bottom inhabited by weird species like ghost pipe fish, sea horses, tiny cuttlefishes and soles with a very rich soft corals garden, deeper and mostly colourful. Some mild to medium current may be encountered here due to the location of the site in the middle of a narrow straight.
Gosong Condor - Ajis reef - Goong laut - Pinnacles
Depth : 12m/30m Difficulty : Advanced diver Visibility : 12/30m Distance : 10-13nm
Those pinnacles are in open sea with an exceptional visibility and very large fish populations. Many fusiliers, blue trigger fishes, barracudas, trevallies can be observed. Giant moray eels can be spotted hiding in the rocks, many stingrays and with a bit of luck, large eagle or marble rays can be seen as well as small white tip reef sharks. sweet lips, trevallies, barracudas are commonly seen in large numbers.