The Fan Canyon Gallery above is just a taste of the delights to be found there.
Fan Canyon is without a doubt one of the best sites in our area, lying just a few meters from the east coast of Tulai or Coral Island, Malaysia.
There are several mooring buoys just to the south of the dive site and we normally begin our dives there. Underneath them there is a fantastic hard coral garden that stretches from near the surface to about 12-14 meters deep. The corals are in great condition and the marine life there is abundant. Turtles and bump head parrot fish are two of the special species that are frequently spotted there.
From this area a ridge of granite boulders lead underwater in an easterly direction 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. Current and air supply permitting, we then make our way back to the hard coral gardens for our safety stop.
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.
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.
For more details about Fan Canyon, check out the link below:About Fan Canyon