|Site Type:||Scenic reef and macro|
|Depth:||Top: 5MMedian: 17MBottom: 25M|
|Location:||The dive site immediately to the west of the Magic Point house reef.|
Coral Garden has weird and wonderful creatures from pygmy seahorses to giant cuttlefish, banded seasnakes, all kinds of nudibranchs and colourful reef fish.
Coral Garden presents such a diversity of critters, you’ll probably want to dive it again. (And you can, as it’s the next site over from Magic Point). Critters big and small from cuttlefish to catfish, nudis to nembrothas, seasnakes to seaslugs, and even the pygmy seahorse. The dive starts once you decend from the colourful 5m reef top.
In no particular order, we spotted, a variable thorny oyster.
A swarm of juvenile catfish.
Something that at first looks like a prickly seacucumber, but is in fact a Lemon Nudibranch.
A Tasselled scorpionfish hiding in a cave.
Another creature yet to be identified.
A pair of Kubaryana’s ‘green dragon’ Nembrothas.
A lonesome Pyramid Butterflyfish on leather coral.
A bunch of anemones feeding in the steam.
A banded seasnake slithers by below.
A featherstar with lemon nudis.
Finally, the pygmy seahorse, shot without any special macro lens.
A big cuttlefish comes to see what all the fuss is about.
Some lemon damsels hover above the hard corals.
And back up at 5m on the safety stop we are entertained by anthias in the blue water.