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Dive sites - Scuba diving in bangka and gangga,
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Bangka and the surrounding islands lie off the northern tip of Sulawesi. They are quite exposed and often get strong currents which can come from all directions. Big pelagics come in to feed here and the reefs are alive with colour. The islands in the group consist of Bangka, Talise, Kinabohutan, Tindila, Gangga and tamperong.

Bangka Island
There are four villages and a number of dive sites around Bangka island. Batu Gasoh consists of a number of steep pinnacles rising up from the depths, a drift can be done around them and there are plenty of areas to escape the current. A number of large boulders and pinnacles can be dived at Sahaung and large step formations can be seen. Coral is very colourful here and there are plenty of schooling fish such as snappers, fusiliers and surgeonfish.

Similar topography can be found at Batu Mandi and Batu Pendeta, there is also a plane wreck of a B-21 bomber at around 28 meters, a lot of it has been covered with sand though. There are a number of dive sites and house reefs on the mainland around Pulisan that offer shallower diving around pinnacles and rocks with equally as impressive marine life.

Some of the dive site Description in Bangka
and its surroundings :


LIHAGA

Location: Lihaga Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced
Depth: Max 25 meters
Coral description: Hard corals and beautiful acropora gardens. Many sun mushroom corals
Invertebrates description: Egg cowries, mantis shrimps, many different host anemons
Fish description: Giant parrotfish, leaf fish, ribbon eel morray, many fairy basslets

TANJUNG ARUS

Location: Talisei Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced (sometimes strong currents)
Depth: Max 30 meters
Coral description: Soft and hard corals. Beautiful big cave
Fish description: Sharks, napoleons, giant parrotfish, big tuna, leaf fish

TETONIC

Location: Talisei Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced (sometimes strong currents)
Depth: Max 30 meters
Coral description: Soft coral garden
Fish description: Napoleons, scorpion fish, morays
Other: Sea snakes, many colorful and rare sea slugs

AER BANUA

Location: Talisei Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced
Depth: Max 30 meters
Coral description: Walls with soft coral and beautiful gorgonians
Fish description: Napoleon, ribbon eel moray and gosthfish
Other: Big sponges

SAHAUNG 1 & 2

Location: Bangka Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced
Depth: Max 30 meters
Coral description: Giant boulder, pinnacles laying on sandy bottom. Top sheltered from waves with many corals, especially soft corals, acropory table and harp gorgonias
Fish description: Schools of batfishes and angelfishes, large tuna, jack fishes, large lion fishes. Sharks, baby sharks, barracuda, giant parrotfish

BATU GOSOH

Location: Bangka Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced
Depth: Max 30 meters
Coral description: Drop offs with vertical cracks and caves surrounded by nades rising up from the depth. Gorgonians, alcionaries and very colorful soft corals
Fish description: Platax, trevallies, morays and scorpion fish

BUSA BORA

Location: Bangka Island
Required Level: Open Water or Advanced
Depth: Max 25 meters
Coral description: Especially tree soft corals and gorgonian fan corals
Invertebrates description: Big sponges, many colorful nudibranches, giant basket stars
Fish description: Special pigmy seahorse, different frog fish and ghost fish. Moray ribbon eel

Source : Gangga Island Resort

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