Divespot: Earthquake Cleft
The diving site is some 100m from the coast of the Island Babi, and borders a coral garden with depths of 5 m. Here we will see a 0.5 to 2 m wide crevice, formed underwater after the earthquake in 1992.
Submerging into the water, we see the crevice more clearly, which winds and extends through different widths and depths towards the coast. Full of countless different types of fish and coral, it is densely populated. Because it's quite shallow, it's also an ideal spot for snorkeling. With an outgoing tide, snorkelers are gently carried over the coral reef by a soft current. Before the mid-day, when the sun in shining, here you'll find a breathtaking view.
For us divers, the steep face is more attractive today. The drop off falls sharply down at a height of some 20 to 35m with a 5-15m wide platform. After that it goes further into the seemingly endless depths. We dive here to 35 m in order to slowly come up into the safety zone. This way we have the possibility to take a look at the many caves in the wall. Sometimes we find a sleeping reef- or hammerhead shark here. Other large fish, such as sea bass, also like to use these caves for hideouts.
The wall itself is full of shelves and see fans, making an ideal living space for many different fishes. The variety of color here seems unlimited, we find blue spiny crabs, green or red shimmering giant sea fans. The small corals glimmer in red, blue and various purple tones.
Between these fans and corals we meet sweetlip fish and squids, and those that take time for the smaller living beings, will find many species of snails or maybe even pygmy seahorses. Upon closer inspection, you see fire fish live here as well, mostly under the overhangs or hidden in the caves. Scorpion fish are also well adapted to their environment, and we find moray eels in the uncountable crevices. Be aware however, always keep your distance and don't touch them.
Those who aren't too mesmerized by this magnificent wall are invited to take a look into the deep blue. With luck, you may catch a glimpse of a large ray or a white or black tipped shark swimming by.