This site is often a dive stop-off on the journey to or from Komodo on Bali liveaboard cruises. Located on the north coast of Sumbawa Island, 5 kilometres east of the port entrance to Bima, the dive site has shallow fringing reef to a depth of 20 metres, then a wall drop-off to 40 metres.
There are emporer angelfish, blue and gold bi-colour angelfish and Lamarck's angelfish. These latter 2 fish are endemic to this region, and the small bi-colour angelfish is particularly colourful with a blue lower-body half and eye patch, and yellow upper-body half; as they make their way across the reef in small groups searching for algae.
On the edge of the drop-off there's a good chance to see the spectacular 2 metre eagle rays or white tip sharks. Look down into the depths and you may be rewarded by passing schools of tail-fin batfish. These fish are very curious and will often make a second pass of you to take a closer look!
There are many longnose butterflyfish at home on the wall, and the quite rare but vividly coloured mirror basslet. This fish is only seen in shallow waters in Indonesia and Sumbawa and is recognisable by its bright violet blotch behind its pectoral fins and on both ends of its split tail.
Tanjung Bautputih Reef Basics: Fringing reef and wall with angelfish
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 35m
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 24 - 28°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: ~320 km east of Bali (16 hours)
Access: Sumbawa liveaboard to Komodo
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