|Scenic reef that runs around a point
|Top: 5M Median: 20M Bottom: 27M
|The south western point of the reef around Kundukundu Hite Island, Solomon Islands
Like many ‘points’, Munda’s Shark Point in the Solomons Western Province starts with a shelving reef that gets steeper and finally runs to a point where the currents meet. It’s this kind of geography that brings in the bigger fish life – and one where you need to have an eye out in the blue for schools or trevally and the like. Not that there’s little to see on the reef, quite the contrary, all the usual reef fish are there in all their usual numbers.
Throughout the dive we keep an eye out below and in the blue. (But I’ll spoil the suspense right away – we didn’t see a single shark on this dive – they were all chillin’ over at Munda Bar). There was plenty of other stuff out in the blue though.
As well as big barracuda, we were treated to schools of yellow tailed scad.
There were lots of other fish large and small. We watched a Sleek Unicorn feed getting a clean.
A small group of very wary Midnight Snapper came by feeding.
Longfin Banners never seem so shy of divers, though they’ll keep you at arm’s length.
Down deep there was plenty of whip coral, but few fans or even bushy coral compared to nearby Munda Bar.
Up in the shallows there were large tables of branching coral – all in great condition.
Lots of butterflies of various types: Chevroned and Threadfins.
And no Solomons dive is complete without a couple of anemonefish – in this case, a White Bonnet, and one from another tribe, sharing the one anemone.