Almost every dive location in the world seems to have a dive site named Coral Gardens. The island of Sangalaki is no exception and its 'Coral Gardens' is located west of the island.
At its deepest, this Sangalaki dive site is just flat sand where you'll find a number of goatfish nosing around. Above the seabed though, it is a gradual incline of shelves full of hard and soft corals. You'll find acropora corals and mosaic corals, among which are a rich variety of reef life such as anthias, damsels, snappers and triggerfish.
Other favourites to be found are cuttlefish, flat worms, sea stars, cushion stars, sea cucumbers, feather stars, frogfish and lizard fish.
Do remember to look up every now and then, for in the midst of watching all the busy coral life, you'll probably come across a manta or 2 feeding in the waters as well as green turtles which regularly lay their eggs on the beaches of Sangalaki.
Coral Gardens is also a favourite as a night dive. Nocturnal sightings include big hermit crabs with their hairy orange legs, cute little baby cuttlefish (and adult ones as well), lobsters, octopus and shrimps. All in all, a very satisfying night dive.
Coral Gardens Reef Basics: Coral garden
Depth: 15 - 27m
Visibility: 10 - 25m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 28 - 30°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: 2 km (10 minutes) south west of Sangalaki
Access: Sangalaki liveaboard diving
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