Dive Site: Clement Reef, Pulau Gaya, Sabah

Hawksbill turtle awakened from her slumber at clement reef gaya island diving kota kinabalu sabah malaysia banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Coral Garden scenic reef
Depth: Top: 7MMedian: 14MBottom: 20M
Location: Clement Reef is on the west side of Pulau Gaya

Description

Clement Reef is a ‘coral garden’ dive site which is covered with patches of different kinds of coral throughout. It’s an almost circular patch of reef with a great variety of coral types on it. Surrounded by sandy sea bed where you might find a turtle resting, it’s a very easy dive site to navigate.

A variety of colourful coral diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

It also has an amazing array of sponges from this rather spectacular conglomeration of conjoined barrel sponges,

Conglomeration of conjoined barrel sponges diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

to small installations of organ pipes sponges.

Organ pipe sponges diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

There are lots of different types of pufferfish from the big map pufferfish,

Map Pufferfish diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

to the numerous smaller black spotted pufferfish.

Black spotted pufferfish diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Squatting on the bottom I found a pair of clear fin lizard fish smiling for the camera.

Pair of Clearfin Lizardfish smiling for camera diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Blackfin barracuda hang motionless on the periphery of this reef, and where the reef meets the sand we also found a snoozing turtle.

Blackfin Barracuda diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Looking carefully in the nooks and crannies you will also find the small stuff like the banded Coral shrimp,

Banded coral shrimp diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

and there appear to be more flabellinas than nudibranchs on this particular stretch of reef.

Rather ordinary Flabellina diving Clement Reef Gaya Island at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit