Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Festival Of Lights At Pulau Hantu.....

This morning on Deepavali Day, I was invited by Debby of The Hantu Bloggers to a special dive at Pulau Hantu. And we got a chance to dive the reefs near the Southern Jetty and Northern Jetty of Pulau Hantu instead of the regular Western reefs.

First dive, the Southern Jetty. After we made our descent, the first thing that came to my mind is "Wow!...but wait a minute, I am at Hantu right? Not Tioman...but why is the vis looks like I am in Tioman?"....Yes, the vis is about 8m at the depth of 15m and it was still very bright!!!! So can you imagine if it is bright sunny day without the haze? And why am I so surprise is because, usually it is already quite dim at the depth of 12m for my past dive trips at Hantu. And the second dive at the Northern Jetty was also with a good vis of about 4-5m at the depth of 9m. Could it be because today is the Festival of Lights?

Look at the VIS!!! So Good!!!

In additional to the good vis, we saw a lot of stuffs too!

First the Nudibranchs:

The big white one with yellow rhinophores is a phyllidia sp. Of course, there's the Blue Dragon Nudibranch. The one that has a batik pattern body with orange projections is bornella anguilla (1st time seeing it!). There's a lot of the tambja sp (yellow with blue rhinophores and gills one) and cuthona sibogae (purple body and yellow projections) today too. I then saw the dermatobranchus sp (white body with some brown dots and brown rhinophores) again. And I finally got a pic of a small jorunna funebris (White with black polka-dots)

Then it's Flatworms Galore!:

Of course, with such good vis, who can miss out the fishes!

There's the giant goby and two Six-banded Anglefish!

Last but not least, the Icon Seastar.


Blogger bluebabe said...

wow, it's beautiful! damn, 8m vis at 15m??? wish i was there. keep on sharing photos!


October 23, 2006 11:23 AM  
Blogger Debby said...

Bootiful Bootiful! You really have an eye for spotting nudis! And that's a GREAT shot of the angelfish! They were too quick for me!

October 24, 2006 3:42 AM  
Blogger CH / SONNENBLUME said...

Hee...:O) Only a few are spotted by me, the rests are by Ivy and Gina. I managed to get the angelfish because of the Great vis! No need to go so near, so they don't get to scare them away. :O)

October 24, 2006 10:19 AM  

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