Salang Jetty

In Salang Bay Shore Dives by Grahame Massicks

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Salang Jetty is a concrete structure that has been in the place for more than ten years. Like jetties the world over, it is a great dive site. It is not the prettiest of environments, but it is home to a huge shoals of yellow striped snappers, silversides, anchovies and more.

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Shoal of fish under the Salang jetty.

The fish density is exceptional. Sometimes there are two or even three dense shoals above you, enough to limit the amount of light penetrating to the sandy bottom. I try to take all my divers here so that they can experience being surrounded by fish!

The shoals of anchovies and silversides are hunted by gangs of gar fish. Jacks and barracuda come in to feed on a regular basis. Divers also frequently find puffer fish, moray eels, nudibranch, and angel fish. It is a good night dive site, being easy to navigate around and providing a little ambient light from the lights on the jetty.

It is also a great dive for photographers. When visibility allows the wide angle possibilities are fantastic. When it is not so good this is Salang’s best muck dive with spade fish, and frog fish occasionally found.

However good buoyancy control must be observed because of the boat traffic. Depth ranges from 2 – 14 meters.

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Leopard moray under the Salang jetty.

The underwater concrete has a good and colourful display of marine growth, including both hard and soft corals, sea squirts, feather stars, and barnacles.

Sand gobbies, sand eels, and batfish can be found in the surrounding area. I have even found a stonefish here, one of the ugliest, least colourful and inelegant things in the ocean!

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 Jetty 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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