Diving in Manado
Dropping in over the slope of Batu Hitam you can be forgiven for thinking that not much lies in store. But you would be so wrong as this excellent site, also know as DJ Point, promises plenty of entertainment. If you or your dive guide have keen eyes you will encounter one critter after another. Commensal shrimps, emperor shrimps, decorator crabs and candy crabs can all reveal themselves after a little investigation.
You will spend most of the time in and around a series of rocky patches where you are also likely to see cuttlefish, ribbon eels, cockatoo leaf fish and various pipefish. It is true that the Lembeh Strait has exceptional muck diving but if you want to see critters, this is surely one of the best Manado scuba diving places to find the small-but-perfectly-formed.
This is a site you are likely to visit on your return journey to your Manado dive resort from the islands in Bunaken and acts as a perfect complement to the reefs, walls and fish action you will have seen on your dives at the island. Manado Black Rock often proves to be one of the favourite dives of many who experience Bunaken National Marine Park.
Black Rock Reef Basics: Macro diving
Depth: 5 - 22m
Visibility: 10 - 30m
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round, but can be rough from January to March
Distance: ~1 km from Manado (20 mins)
Access: Bunaken and Manado resorts and liveaboards
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