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Whip coral, Mabul dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Octopus, Mabul dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Sponge-eating berthella, Mabul dive site - Courtesy of Rik Vercoe

Scuba Diving at Mabul Island, Borneo

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Dive Site: Lobster Wall

Location: Mabul Island

Description: Reef / wall

Depth: 30 metres (100 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ****

Lobster wall is a dive site located on the far side of Mabul Island, the opposite side of the island to the main jetty. It is a sloping coral wall and when we dived here in mid May the minimum water temperature at 30m was 28 degrees and there was little current. Again there was just so much to see, with all manner of nudibranchs, sea slugs and a dense covering of corinthias, sweetlips and fusiliers on the upper reef slopes. See the attached picture of a sea slug - this side-gilled slug comes in many different colours and can shed its mantle in three sections if threatened, unique to this species. There were masked pufferfish, and towards the end of the dive we were met by a huge green turtle that stayed and played for a while. There was also a lovely octopus, which merged with the coral wall. The diving at both Mabul and Sipadan is made easy by the boat drop offs and pickups which means you simply head in the direction of the current, negating the need to plan air and dive time to turn and come back to a moored boat.

Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor

Nice coral and unique nudibranchs

Max Douglas | 14/08/09

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