|60° sloping reef running to a point of converging currents
|Top: 5M Median: 15M Bottom: 30M
|Karumolun Island, Russell Islands
The main attraction at Karumolun Point is scene right at the point where pelagics are to be found swimming lazily in what appears to the diver to be reasonably strong current. The best show is between the 25 and 30m mark where you’ll see barracuda, jacks and reef sharks cruising passed back and forth.
The following three images are courtesy of David Power, who has spent some time diving in the Russell Islands and knows where to be to grab the best shots.
Even so, sharks don’t give a stuff about deco and will happily cruise by at 40m too.
The barracuda tend to stay higher and so it’s easier to match their depth.
It’s not just the big fish that like the point: fusiliers stream up, down and around the slope too.
Further away from the point, the slope turns progressively to flatter territory, even with some swim throughs, though this one was completely blocked by sea fans.
Elsewhere parrotfish, snapper and the ever present reef fish our found in the shallower waters.
Likewise, over the staghorn thickets you might find a turtle or two.
The anemones and in this case the Orange Anemonefish are there too.
Here’s a video shot in the Russell Islands, with much of the footage coming from Karumolun Point.