Dive Site: Echuca Shallows

Turtle looks diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Hard coral covered submerged reef.
Depth: Top: 1MMedian: 17MBottom: 26M
Location: Due north of the larger more northern of the two Nusa Islands

Description

Echuca Shallows or Echuca Patch is a long coral covered rounded submerged reef. Topping out at 14m is has lots of cleaning stations which provides the opportunity to see a variety of sea life.

Unicornfish diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

In common with the rest of PNG, the anemones are prolific.

Clarks diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Several different types of anemonefish are to be found in the one place.

Tomatoes anemonefish diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

Echuca Patch also has its own resident turtle, who blends in perfectly to the corals. Fortunately, the guides no know his favourite spots.

Turtle with dive guide diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

So long as there are no sudden movements, the turtle will approach quite closely.

Turtle stops diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit

They are often attracted by video lights, and maybe they think anything ‘offered’ on an outstretched arm – even a GoPro is some kind of offer of food?

Little turtle with Dorian diving Echuca Shallows at Kavieng PNG by Diveplanit