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Gili Tepekong "The Bali Dive"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Type: Small island, reef slopes and vertical walls, rock pillars and swim through

Access:15 minute by boat, north of Padang Bai on the east coast

Coral: Excellent coverage of hard and soft coral

Fish: Superb numbers. Schooling barracudas, turtles and much more. A good chance of seeing pelagics species like manta ray and sun fish in season

Current: Moderate to strong

Visibility: 25m+

Note: Around full and new moon only for the experienced diver

Highlight: Magnificent rock pinnacles covered with hard and soft coral and breathtaking walls with sea fans and a kaleidoscope of colorful tropical fish.

the west side of the small rocky island of Tepekong the bizarre lava mass stretches into the deep and forms a small canyon. We follow the inner edge of this canyon towards the west until we reach an twin peaked seamount: The Pinnacles. In general the Pinnacles are exposed to a mild current. This currents can at times get immensely strong and earned this dive site the nickname "The Toilet". Lots of schooling fish are home in this currents and attract pelagic hunters like Tunas, Barracudas and Sharks. The great variety of hard and soft corals provide shelter for many reef fishes like the Angler fish on the picture on the right. Turtles are regular visitors to this spectacular dive site as well as the legendary Mola Mola on the picture below.

The east side of Tepekong consists of a slope rich with hard and soft corals and sponges. Between 18 and 24 meters are coral bommies under which Reef and Nurse Sharks can be found as well as Lobster and Sting Rays. At the southern end of the slope we find a tunnel / cave at 18 meters which exits on the other end at 28 meters in a 50 meter vertical wall.

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