Dive Site: Barracuda Point, Tawali, Milne Bay, PNG

Reef scene with coral and anthias diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Coral Garden on a sloping point
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 22MBottom: 30M
Location: 8 minutes to the west of Tawali Dive Resort on the north coast

Description

Barracuda Point is a coral garden with a massive variety of hard corals and sloping wall with coral bommies. Home to zillions of Anthias, surgeons, parrotfish, emperor angels, coral groper and anemonefish.

Here’s a shot of the terrain typical of Barracuda Point, and not atypical of this part of Milne Bay’s north coast.

Reef scene with coral anthias and divers diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

There are lots of Dendrophyllia micrarantha – which looks a bit like a green tree of knobbly coral. It is a kind of cup coral that is azooxanthellate and does not photosynthesise. These kinds of coral can grow down 100’s of metres.

Hard green coral and anthias diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Not sure why the purple – orange – purple segregation going on here. I think they might be different sexes of the same Anthias.

Orange left purple right diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

As stated above: the variety of coral types is enormous – and all in great condition, from branching corals…

Staghorn in great condition diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

… to brain corals …

Branching and brain coral diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

… and all kinds of coating corals.  (I wish I knew more about coral species!)

Reef scene with coral and anthias diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

There is plenty of sea life too: idols and angels…

Idols and blue girdled angelfish diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

… and pinks hiding under and within their protective anemone.

Pinks hiding in their anemone diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

And feather stars or Crinoids which are marine animals, wandering around and passing food into their mouths which are on top in the centre of all those arms.

Featherstar and brain coral diving Barracuda Point at Tawali Milne Bay diving PNG by Diveplanit

Being on the north coast of Milne Bay, whilst diving Barracuda Point, it is worthwhile keeping an eye out in the blue for passing pelagics should as rays and sharks.