|Site Type:||Scenic Reef with lots of soft coral|
|Depth:||Top: 5M Median: 12M Bottom: 22M|
|Location:||Bangka Island is off the northern tip of North Sulawesi, about a 2 hour boat ride from Thalassa Resort|
Sahaung (also spelt Sahaong) is a small island on the southern tip of Bangka famed for soft corals, and generally pristine marine environment. A site less dived, it is one of the best dive sites in the North Sulawesi region.
Here’s a short video of what you can expect to see diving Bangka Island, North Sulawesi.
Bangka is renowned for colourful soft corals.
And that makes it a perfect environment to see lots of non-typical other stuff. It seems to have an unfair share of sea stars including this ‘biscuit star’
The (very chilled) pale pink starfish
The mottled red starfish
And the Heffernan’s starfish.
It’s not just soft corals, there are also large sheets of acropora,
All the hard coral is in great condition. Here’s a ‘Bonsai tree’ of acropora with scalyfin for scale.
Every kind of nudi is also represented- even the geometric chromodoris, but just don’t ask me to name them all!
And our expert guide Ranti from Thalassa Dive Resort found us this polyclad flatworm on the back of a sea cucumber.
There are so many kinds of soft coral
But the pink and red ones stand out most vividly.
There are also lots of juveniles, like this striking Rockmover wrasse,
And sub-adults like this striped sweetlips.
There are also stacks of seaferns and featherstars.