Diving West Papua Province
South Penemu Island Pinnacle
This is a lesser known pinnacle nearby the south side of Penemu Island, the precise location of which is found only with thanks to the divemasters who will jump in the water to put a buoy in place.
It feels like a jump into the great blue yonder but on the descent you will soon recognise the pinnacle. Its shallowest sections are covered with anemones and soft corals and the mix of colours is just unbelievable.
As you go deeper, watch into the blue as schools of yellow-fin fusiliers can easily be spotted, as well as jacks and batfish. A giant trevally can pass you by, the size of it will impress even the most expert diver. Rainbow runners and black snappers will cross your path time and again whilst you continue your dive. Look out for impressive large groups of spotted sweetlips that make great photo opportunities.
The beautiful hard corals that grow on the pinnacle itself are home to Indian lionfish as well as smaller creatures such as several species of dragonets. Hermit crabs are also present in number here and it is fun to check them out, showing just their small eyes and antennas out of their shells that most of the time are undistinguishable from other nearby shells. Other rewarding sights for the sharp-eyed Papua diver include another beautiful creature quite common in this area - the Pantohe Pigmy seahorse.
South Penemu Reef Basics: Pinnacle dive
Depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 20 - 30m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be choppy
Water temperature: 28 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: ~150 km north of Sorong (9 hours)
Access: West Papua Province liveaboard
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