One Tree Bay

In Tulai or Coral Island Dive Sites by Grahame Massicks

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Lucky divers with a green turtle, One Tree Bay, Tioman.

One Tree Bay lies to the north of Fan Canyon . While this site is not as dramatic as some of the other Coral Island dive sites, it is non the less a smashing place for both fun divers and students.

It is less frequently visited than it’s more spectacular neighbours, so it is not under the same pressures as some of the more popular dives.

Full of curious and unusual coral formations it stretches from 2 meters down to about 16 and fills this medium sized bay with predominantly hard corals.

Moray eels, blue spotted sting rays, turtles and bump heads can be seen while on a recent dive here I found lots of nudibranchs indulging in what comes naturally! A few years back I found a large boulder to the north of the bay literally covered in Christmas Tree worms of all colours and sizes – it was absolutely spectacular and I have never before or since seen anything like it.

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Beaked butterfly fish, One Tree Bay

It is also a good place to spot butterfly fish. The waters of Tioman Island, and One Tree Bay in particular, are blessed with a good range of this family of beautiful fish. From the ubiquitous Beaked butterfly fish, to the Tail Spot butterfly fish, and on to the less commonly seen Bannerfish, these colourful critters are a delight to see. They usually live in pairs, but can present a real challenge to a photographers stalking skills and patience. While they are not exactly shy, they are very particular about what is in there immediate area, and as with many species are quite happy to ignore a diver until he raises a camera to capture an image.

Being shallow and sheltered it is a particular favourite of mine for both Open Water students and photographers.
 
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