Spotted Ray Channel
As with all the dives in Kapalai this is a nice relaxing wander in relatively shallow water. Sink down here in the bath-warm water and cruise along a sandy channel leaving the reef to your side. If you have a keen eye you can find all manner of Kapalai's sea-life here including ribbon eels, stonefish, ghost pipefish and a beautiful lavender coloured frogfish.
There is little need for you to exhaust yourself finning to cover ground as it seems that in every crevice there is another small joy waiting to be discovered. Crossing over the sandy channel which gives the site its name the dive normally proceeds to an underwater garden of extraordinary richness.
Here you can catch sight of many beautiful and rare nudibranchs among other wonders including, if you are lucky, a tropical octopus. The most highly prized sight in this Kapalai dive however is the dragonfish or pegasus found in pairs on the sandy floor. If your group finds them just wait for the excited post-dive chatter on the wooden sundeck of the resort.
Spotted Ray Channel Reef Basics: Sandy channel
Depth: 5 - 20m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Surface conditions: Can be a little choppy
Water temperature: 25 - 28°C
Experience level: Beginner - intermediate
Number of dive sites: 1
Diving season: All year round
Distance: <1 km (3 minutes) from the Kapalai jetty or 5 km (10 minutes) from Mabul
Access: Kapalai scuba diving resorts and Mabul resorts
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