Dive Site: Maori Wrasse Bommie, Lady Elliot Island

Turtle with a nice clean leathery shell at Maori Wrasse Bommie Lady Elliot Island

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef, coral and mega fauna
Depth: Top: 14MBottom: 18M
Location: Amongst the dive sites to the west of the island

Description

The Maori Wrasse Bommie dive site is in the north western corner of the reef, and includes broken sandy bottom with small bommies and boulders, plus a large extent of staghorn coral which seems to be a favourite haunt of the turtles.

Here’s a video of the zebra shark and turtles we saw around the Maori Wrasse Bommie dive site at Lady Elliot Island.

The dive started with reef shark, then bull ray, and Cowtail Stingray as we worked our way along the small pieces of rocky reef on the sandy bottom.

Cowtail Stringray at Maori Wrasse Bommie Lady Elliot Island

Each piece of reef had its own interesting inhabitant.

Moorish Idol at Maori Wrasse Bommie Lady Elliot Island

And I had my first ever encounter with a Picasso trigger; though he didn’t hang around too long for a photo opp.

Picasso Triggerfish at Maori Wrasse Bommie Lady Elliot Island

The highlight of the dive was a large bed (and I’m talking tens of metres long and wide) of fine staghorn coral in which were nestled what appeared to be a whole family of turtles.

0384 Large turtle with front flippers akimbo at Maori Wrasse Bommie Lady Elliot Island