Dive Site: Tenements Heron Island

Classic reef shot with yellow-back pullers at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0968 Banner

Site Overview

Site Type: Shallow reef with coral cascades and bommies
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 9MBottom: 16M
Location: Northern edge of Heron Island reef east of the Island

Description

This dive starts at Tenements, went passed Coral Cascades and ended close to North Bommie. As the dive site names suggest, there is a lot of interesting terrain along these dive sites, including caves, hollows and holes, as well as a great variety of coral – all in pristine condition.

Coral reef in foreground Deb behind at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9206 Location

There were lots of Rainfords Butterflyfish all around the reefs.

Rainfords Butterflyfish at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 0983

Everywhere around Heron Island the coral is in great condition.

Layers of pancake coral at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9208

Even down to the last little mushroom coral.

Mushroom coral at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9213

Typically where the coral is good, the fish life will be good too. Another butterfly to add to my collection – I don’t think I’ve got one of the Teardrop Butterflyfish.

Teardrop butterflyfish at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9245 Fish ID

The prize for the most finely and intricately patterned fish of the dive goes to the humble Blue-lined Rabbitfish

Pair of blue-line rabbitfish at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9248

And it’s hard to believe that a fish needs to be as brightly coloured as this Harlequin Tuskfish.

Harlequin Tuskfish at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9226

This little guy looks just like his dad: the Red Emperor.

Red Emperor Snapper (Lutjanus sebae) in the family of Snapper (LUTJANIDAE). Taken at Heron Island by: diveplanit.com

What not to do if you see a white tipped reef shark snoozing in a cave … block the entrance …

White tip reef shark snoozing in a cave at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9274 Seq

Because it might be someone else’s exit!

Shark heading straight to you at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9269 Seq

Another fish where you have to ask why? Was he unhappy with being just a dark damsel or do his bright blue spots make him look just a little less edible? If so, how did he evolve his amazing covering?

Jewel Damsel at Tenements Heron Island with Heron Island Dive Shop diving Heron Island Diveplanit 9301

And last, (but not absolutely last – that’s the porcupinefish), the black spotted pufferfish. But just look at that amazing stack of coral he calls home.

Blackspotted puffer - but look at the coral varieties too at Tennements diving Heron Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Heron Island - where, who and how