Dive Site: Heron Bommie Heron Island

Classic coral reef scene at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9393 Banner

Site Overview

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

Description

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.

Turtle above staghorn at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0990

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a dive special, like this juvenile yellow boxfish.

Juvenile yellow boxfish at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0992

Turtles are part of every dive at Heron. Sometimes you’re watching them – and sometimes they’re half hidden watching you.

Turtle half hiding at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0999

The Bommie has its share of morays, including this Honeycomb Moray.

Honeycomb moray at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 1004

And this Yellow-edged moray that definitely has some kind of issue with his left eye. Looks a little milky – can eels get cataracts?

Yellow Margined Moray with a milky eye at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9355

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.

Sam with DSDs admiring the resting turtle at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9363

You could almost just find a patch in the coral rubble and wait for the fish life to come close to you.

Six banded angelfish at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9352

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.

White breasted sergeant - note the yellow ventral fin at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9346

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!

Humped batfish at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 1013

The young batfish clearly knew when the camera was being pointed at her!

Humped batfish with diver - she knows whos taking the photo at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9386

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.

Banded Maori wrasse at Heron Bommie with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9392