Lembeh Strait Scuba Diving
Jahir is one of the newest dive sites discovered in the Lembeh Strait and was named after the dive guide who first found it. Jahir is a site that in many ways typifies Lembeh Strait scuba diving with black volcanic sand that you will slowly cruise over with your nose close to the sea-bed.
In fact, perhaps your nose should not be too close, since the site features large numbers of purple heart urchins and therefore a thousand sharp spines. Among the spines you can look out for beautiful little zebra crabs sheltering among the safety of these protective spears.
You can reach as deep as 30m here which can easily happen, if your focus is too much on the visuals and not on your depth. Distractions include mimic octopus, tiny frogfish, hairy frogfish and ornate ghost pipefish. There are also honeycomb moray eels and long horn cowfish to keep you entertained.
Jahir is fantastic as a Lembeh day dive and positively spectacular as a night dive when any manner of weird and wonderful critter can step into the spotlight of your torch. Chief among those great sights would be the eyes and down-turned mouth of the entrenched stargazer. What appears to be nothing more than the semblance of a face is in fact a rather large and bulky fish, its eyes set on the heavens.
Jahir Reef Basics: Sandy slope
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 15 - 25m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 26 - 29°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: ~2 km from Bitung Harbour (10 mins)
Access: Lembeh and Manado resorts and liveaboards
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