Dive Site: Blue Pools Heron Island

Rainfords Butterflyfish at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9113 Banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Low reef wall, gullies and coral garden with reef fish
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 11MBottom: 17M
Location: Northern edge of Heron Island reef adjacent the east of the Island

Description

This dive started at Blue Pools, and passed Hole in the Wall and almost ended up in Coral Gardens. The most notable aspect of this dive for me was the variety of fish life and there’s nothing like a trumpetfish to start the dive. No seriously – there is nothing like a trumpetfish – there is only the one genus in the family.

Yellow trumpetfish at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0928

Next a forest of whip corals, often a sign that current is flowing and where there’s current there’s typically nice clear water.

Whip corals at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0935

A shoal of snapper hanging in the clear water between the reef and the sandy flat a bit further out.

Bigger school of snapper at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0939

Away from the white reef shark whose resting on that sandy flat.

White tip resting at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0941

A giant moray hiding in the little holes in the rocks at Blue Pools.

And the weird combination of the beaked coralfish and a thicklip wrasse. No sure what was going on there.

Beaked coralfish being pursued by a thicklip Wrasse at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9112

A redthroat emperor cruises by – just look at the quality and diversity of the corals in the landscape.

Redthroat emperor at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9116 Fish ID

A highfin coralfishhides under some plate coral.

Highfin Coralfish at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9119 Fish ID

A yellow, often called emperor soapfish hides under a coral ledge too.

Yellow emperor soapfish at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9122 Fish ID

The blue angelfish keeps his eye on me as he verses off making sure I’m not in pursuit.

Blue angelfish at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9128

Flitting around in a gap near Hole in the Wall this decidedly purple (male) Orange Basslet held still just long enough.

Male Orange Basslet at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9137 Fish ID

Nudi’s on the other hand don’t present the same photograph challenge, my main challenge is spotting them in the first place. (Next one is usually id’ing them – but this Elizabeth’s Chromodoris is easy).

Elizabeths Chromodoris at Blue Pools Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9159

Sometimes the safety stop on the reef can be the best time: the light is good and the colours of the reef are vivid but natural, and the first life though the smallest often in significant numbers.

Classic reef shot with yellow-back pullers diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0967