|Site Type:||Coral bommie surrounded by coral reef and sandy areas|
|Depth:||Top: 5MMedian: 10MBottom: 16M|
|Location:||Off the western point of Heron Island close to the end of the channel|
Heron Bommie is Heron Island’s signature dive for obvious reasons: it’s like a tasting plate of the diving around the whole of Heron Island – a bit of everything: turtles, morays, the bigger reef fish like the angelfish, wrasse and batfish and with great corals thrown in.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a dive special, like this juvenile yellow boxfish.
Turtles are part of every dive at Heron. Sometimes you’re watching them – and sometimes they’re half hidden watching you.
The Bommie has its share of morays, including this Honeycomb Moray.
And this Yellow-edged moray that definitely has some kind of issue with his left eye. Looks a little milky – can eels get cataracts?
Heron Bommie is a very easy dive, the sort of dive where you don’t move around too much as everything seems to be ‘just there’. Especially good for DSDs.
You could almost just find a patch in the coral rubble and wait for the fish life to come close to you.
Sit quietly long enough and it’s amazing what will venture close, like this little White-breasted sergeant (note the yellow ventral fin), who creeps out of his staghorn for a closer look.
We spent about 5 minutes interacting with three batfish who were acting like a preening teenager, her mother, and her dad who came crashing through after about 4 minutes to call a halt to proceedings!
The young batfish clearly knew when the camera was being pointed at her!
Again, the safety stop provides an opportunity to see the natural colour of the coral of the reef and the fish life – bringing out the best in even this unassuming Banded Maori Wrasse.