Fan Canyon

In Tulai or Coral Island Dive Sites by Grahame Massicks

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Fan Canyon is among the best dive sites I have ever visited.

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Soft corals at Fan Canyon, Tioman Island

A ridge of granite boulders lead underwater in an easterly direction from the Tulai, or Coral Island gradually turning into larger and larger boulders. At the heart of this area the boulders are densely packed and the size of a two story house. In the canyons between the boulders there are a fantastic collection of gorgonian fans in a variety of colours and some so large that I describe them as man sized!

The boulders are densely covered in soft corals and fish life is abundant. Smaller boulders stretch out into deeper water to the east, and as we make our way back into the bay, there is a fantastic hard coral garden in shallow water, and bump head parrotfish love to feed here.

Schools of snappers, antheas and yellow finned barracuda all live close to Fan Canyon, and are complemented by hunting jacks, and camouflaged scorpion fish. Turtle sightings are frequent, and for the sharp eyed there are many and various nudibranchs to be found here.

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Photographer at Fan Canyon.

To the south there is a sandy bottom with a sea whip garden that leads of into the blue. To the north there is a rocky area that lacks the density of corals and fish that makes Fan Canyon such a great dive. There is a swim through, but the exit is getting blocked by coral growth, so I have pretty much stopped visiting it now – better to leave it in peace to develop as nature intended.

It is suitable for Open Water students and is great for Advanced Open Water participants. It gives great Adventure dives in buoyancy, fish identification, navigation or deep. But fun divers coming to Tioman should make a point of visiting it at least once, and the photographic opportunities are only limited by the photographers skill!

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