Dive Site: Awas Reef – Scuba Junkie House Reef, Mabul

Turtle sleeping on a structure diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Amazingly varied muck dive right off the Scuba Junkie Resort’s Jetty
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 9MBottom: 15M
Location: Right off the jetty in front of Scuba-Junkie Mabul Beach Resort

Description

Awas Reef is also known as Tino’s Paradise, after one of the founders of Scuba-Junkie. The dive takes place completely on the sand moving between mooring buoys. Expect to see at least 20 different species of the probably 200 that call that relatively small area home. Starting from the jetty, you soon encounter isolated anemones most inhabited with Clark’s Anemonefish.

Anemone with a Clarks diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Every little cluster of rock or weed is home to something, there are even Slender Grouper hanging around out there.

Slender Gouper diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Looking carefully into the anemones you might find a Peacocktail Anemone Shrimp

Peacocktail Anemone Shrimp diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

There are a couple of random structures, which turtles have decided to call home.

Turtle sleeping on a structure diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

… as well as schooling blue-stripe snapper and cardinals

Schooling blue-stripe snapper with turtle diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Interesting odd-ball couple: a coral grouper and white eyed eel

Coral grouper and white eyed eel diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

There are all sorts of pipefish to be found. This Ringed pipefish was carrying eggs along its belly.

Ringed pipefish carrying eggs diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

AWAS is home to lots of juveniles, including Lionfish.

Juvenile Lionfish diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Coming back across the sand we encountered a Black-finned snake eel watching us from his hole.

Black-finned snake eel diving Awas Reef at Scuba Junkies Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

On the single dive in which I took the photographs above, I also photographed a Spadefish, remora, damsels, Fimbriated Moray, White seafan, Black and white featherstars, Juvenile Blackeye Thicklip, Blue Dragon, Geometric Chromodoris, Great Barracuda, Flower cardinalfish, Mimic filefish, Pale monocle bream, Humpnose Bigeye Bream, Giant or Tiger or spearing Mantis shrimp, Banded coral shrimp, Monogram Monocle Bream, Redfin Hogfish, Trumpetfish juvenile, Zigzag wrasse and Orbicular burrfish. I also saw other stuff that I didn’t photograph. On the one dive!