Scuba Diving in Sumbawa
Located just north of Angel Reef, the submerged liveaboard dive site of Panjang Reef lies directly in front of the small coastal fishing village of Moyo and 1 km off the north west corner of the island.
One of the most prized scuba diving sightings is possible at this reef, if you are particularly observant and your luck is in. The amazing bright yellow blue-ringed octopus is present here. Amazing because all the fish guide books you will ever read, will not do justice to just how tiny this deadly creature is! Fully grown adults reach the size of half of your thumb, and carry one of the most toxic poisons to be found in the sea. This is one cute creature that lends truth to the saying that if it's brightly coloured then don't touch it!
Colourful common residents of this banked, rainbow reef are bi-colour angelfish, 6-banded angelfish, yellow-bellied damsels and harlequin sweetlips.
Moyo Island is unfortunately also home to the less savoury sides of diving in South East Asia - dynamite fishing and extortion. The local village chief readily sends out boats to collect 'fees' from the Bali liveaboard boat operators here, for the very credible reason of protecting the reef and replacing lost fishing revenues. However, he is biting the hand that feeds, as dynamite fishing is very prevalent, making his conservation 'efforts' a complete sham.
Panjang Reef Reef Basics: Blue-ringed octopus
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 20 - 35m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 24 - 28°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: ~150 km east of Bali (8 hours)
Access: Sumbawa liveaboards to Komodo
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