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Reef map for Tanjun Basi, diving Perhentian, Malaysia - courtesy of Tony Gilbert
Clownfish at Tanjun Basi, diving Perhentian, Malaysia - courtesy of Tony Gilbert
Filefish at Tanjun Basi, diving Perhentian, Malaysia - courtesy of Tony Gilbert
Seafan at Tanjun Basi, diving Perhentian, Malaysia - courtesy of Tony Gilbert

Scuba Diving in Perhentian, Malaysia

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Dive Site: Tanjun Basi

Location: Perhentian, Malaysia

Description: Reef

Depth: 7 - 15 metres (23 - 50 feet)

Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)

Rating: ***

Located NW of the northern tip of Perhentian Besar about 15 minutes boat ride from PIR, a small group of rocks breaks the surface where you may encounter some surge. The plateau and boulder field underwater are home to a plethora of the usual tropical marine creatures. The start of the dive was at a hard coral wall of mainly staghorns, mixed in with large barrel and vase sponges. Feather stars are all over, however the most prevalent marine species here seem to be anemones and their attendant clownfish, and seem to be in many colour ranges.

Larger shoals of yellow trevally swoop by, whilst coral grouper skulk around. Wrasse and parrotfish are very abundant. Eventually the small wall on the right has a natural right turning part, and this is taken. With shallow depths, light levels are very good, and now in around 8m an amazing sight greets the diver. A massive garden of healthy and large acropora table corals are strewn out in front of you. It is worth staying here for a while to marvel at the scene and the fish life passing around, through and under. For those photography enthusiasts with big wide-angle lenses, it's a dream come true for taking shots in the plane of these fascinating corals. Careful buoyancy should be exercised at all times, but particularly over this stretch as these corals can easily be damaged.

A square navigation pattern is undertaken and the diver/group ends up back at the start.

Tony Gilbert



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