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Underwater Photo Location: Lighthouse, Perhentian Kecil

Underwater Photo Location: Lighthouse, Perhentian Kecil

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As the name suggests, this site has a small lighthouse on top of a long narrow but shallow reef. The reef itself is quite large and has a variety of habitats. Under the legs of the lighthouse it is only 4 metres to the top of the reef. The coral here is in excellent condition and therefore popular with snorkelers during the day, but it also is the hang out for small shoals of fish and makes an excellent safety stop after the dive. Going West from the lighthouse and dropping off the coral takes you to a whip garden at a depth of 12 to 14 metres and a good spot to find Whip Gobies. Look out for the grumpy Titan Triggerfish that patrols this area. I think it's best to dive this site as a twilight dive as the sun is going down and catch the dramatic light as it shines through the legs of the lighthouse. Lots of Anemonefish and colourful coral here. Sea Temp 29c in May
Facts about Lighthouse, Perhentian Kecil
  • It is in Malaysia
  • Lighthouse, Perhentian Kecil is in the South China Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-20 Metres 0-60 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
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The "X" crab!
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