Welcome to West of Eden
To make the dive a little more relaxed you can jump at the mooring line in the bay to the south of the dive site. Spend 10 minutes heading north along the shallow coral reef. You can find many shrimp, moray eels and nudibranchs hiding in the coral. The sloping reef gradually gets steeper and you will start to see the boulders.
Stay at around 14m until you reach the large channel. You cannot miss it. At the top of the channel you can find the resident spearing mantis shrimp. It usually stays inside a hole at around 17m and shares its home with much smaller and brightly coloured squat shrimp. Carry on deeper to the end of the channel.
Just outside the channel you can find schools of flasher wrasse. If you stay a few meters back from them and wait, you can watch as they ‘flash’. From the safety of a rock or piece of coral, they make a quick dash whilst extending their exquisite fins, before returning to the original spot. This mating behaviour is great to watch but you will need patience and skill if you want a good photo.
Turning right at the end of the channel you will see several large colourful sea fans. Look closely inside to see the small damselfish hiding in the safety of the fan. if you keep following the rocks around they will lead you back up into the shallows. If you still have enough no decompression time then don’t shallow up. Cross over the sandy patch and keep heading deeper.
Down deeper the coral gets even bigger and there is much more to find. Down at 30m you can often find frogfish or ribbon eels. Keep heading north past the barrel sponges and eventually shallow up. At the north end of West of Eden is an area with a large overhang and a large air pocket. just next to this is a good place to look for the Giant frogfish.
You can finish the dive in the shallows to the North. There are a few caves and swim throughs between 5m-10m. Just be careful as sometimes there can be more surge in the shallows. If there is too much current or surge then stay on the outside of the rocks until it is time for the safety stop.