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CLOSE UP ON THE
GOLD COAST

By NIGEL MARSH

THE ARENUI DIVES SOUTH KOMODO
By MIKE SCOTLAND


A JURASSIC FANTASY TANNA VANUATU
By MELISSA RIMAC

EVERYONE knows the SS President Coolidge
The Arenui, the luxury Phinisi dive operation from Indonesia, spends the months of June to early October in Komodo Marine Park. Its itinerary allows divers to sample more than a dozen very different coral ecosystems. As a result, the marine life encounters are many and varied. There are regular Manta Ray sightings in the far south at Manta Alley, Giant Frogfish at Horseshoe Bay and other locations and Mandarin Fish at Wainilo Island.

Powerful currents feed the coral gardens. There are plenty of times when the current is so strong that divers have to wait until it slows a little to make it safe enough to enter the water. Alternatively, when the current is raging, you often dive in the lee of a tiny islet where there is some protection from the current and where you can be protected from the worst of the current. On these dives as you venture away from the pool of calm water, the current rapidly takes hold of you and you have to retreat into the safety of the protected water.. .

 

 

 


THE far south of Komodo Island has a dive site called Cannibal Rock. It is right next to a beach inhabited by Komodo Dragons, wild pigs and monkeys. There is a safe anchorage in the waters known as Horseshoe Bay and more importantly, great diving.

All of the dives here are a macro divers’ heaven.  At Cannibal Rock, we head down to twenty-five metres and wind our way around the rock into shallower and shallower water. There are many types of sea slugs, shrimps and it seems that every rock is covered with all sorts of life forms.I spot the fabulous Sea Apple, Pseudocolochinus violaceous, a form of Sea Cucumber that is brightly coloured in red, yellow and violet/ blue. I had seen these in aquaria but this was the first time that I had seen it in the wild. They are very beautiful and photogenic.

All around are little six cm long bright golden sea cucumbers, Colochinius robustus that are easily mistaken for a sea slug. In one dive spot called the Yellow Wall of Texas, there are so many of these golden gems that it inspired the name. . .

 

 


THE island of Tanna is possessed of otherworldly, primeval landscapes; the surreal scenes continue underwater.

An untamed, primal beauty awaits at Tanna, the large island in the south of Vanuatu that’s synonymous with Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Here, you can be peering into the crater and watching red lava shoot skywards- with the ground shaking in sync with sulphurous venting- just a 15-minute stroll from your car.

However, Tanna’s ‘old Pacific’ vibe and visibly ancient culture warrant lingering on this Jurassic- looking, wondrously untrammelled island.

Underwater, the scenes are likewise unspoiled and wild. Laced tightly along Tanna’s west coast are layer upon layer of visibly evolving reefs that meld to form an eye- boggling labyrinth of coral-encrusted channels, caves and cantilevered shelves.. .

 

 

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