Salang Bay South

In Salang Bay Shore Dives by Grahame Massicks

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Salang Bay South reef stretches from near the beach out in a westerly direction to the edge of the bay and then south away from the village. It is located in between the rocky shore to the south and a flat sandy area that leads north to the jetty.

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Tomato clown fish, Salang Bay South.

It is made up largely of plate, brain, and stag horn corals and is home to a variety of clown fish, antheas, damsels and butterfly fish. Frequent visitors are hawksbill turtles and bump head parrotfish, with sightings of a variety of Nudibranch and moray eels. With a depth of 2 – 12 meters it is an ideal training site and good for photographers.

Because the sandy bottom slopes down so gently, visiting divers and dive students are not intimidated by the descent. Because the sand butts right up to the reef this gives the benefit that novice divers, whose buoyancy skills have not had time to be developed can still get a good appreciation of the reef and its inhabitants without damaging the environment or themselves!

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Student with good fining technique.

It also gives me an objective measurement of how well students fining technique and buoyancy skills are progressing. If they are disturbing the sand they will develop a ‘cloud’ of sand behind them. If that happens, and it normally does, it gives me something to show them and I can help them to develop the dive skill to glide over the sand and not disturb it. Not only does that allow the creatures that inhabit the sand to live in peace, it also means that as they progress they will also be able to treat the reef with respect.

During 2016 the sea has washed away some of the sand from the lower parts of the beach. This has uncovered some of the rocks below and has made the beach more difficult to cross in bare feet. So I strongly advise participants to bring a pair of flip flops to wear into the water until we are up to our chests. You can then float, take of your flip flops and put on your fins.

Lots of divers consider shore diving to be inferior to boat diving, but Salang Bay South is proof enough to me that they are not always correct. In fact, the shore diving in Salang Bay is so good that I offer a specially priced three dive day. Details can be found on the Current Prices page under the heading of Fun Dives.

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