Batu Rufus Dive Site

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I’m a big fan of topographical diversity on dive sites, which is why Batu Rufus makes my list.

This 4-in-1 site begins with a comfortable drift along a sheer wall, where I would search (usually in vain) for pygmy seahorses camouflaged amongst pink and yellow sea fans.

The many nooks and crevices also made perfect hiding spots for my favorite macro life—nudibranchs.

Pair of Nudibranchs

Pair of Nudibranchs – Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

I would always keep one eye in the blue, to spot black tip reef sharks gliding silently by in the depths below.

Rounding a sharp corner, the wall gives way to a gentle sloping reef, covered in an array of colorful soft coral and equally vibrant fish. Across the slope stands a gorgeous finger of staghorn coral to explore.

Doubling back along the sandy slope, we would peer through the “window,” framing a shallow lagoon of bright crystal water. Timing it just right, we could ride the surge through the arch, like a body surfer catching a wave.

We would then spend our safety stop with the baby black tip reef sharks weaving their way amongst delicate table corals.

It was always a surreal experience to surface inside the lagoon, encased in sheer cliff faces plastered with verdant foliage, greeted by the call of tropical birds.

The Author: Kaelyn Lynch is a divemaster with experience diving in Indonesia, the U.S., Bonaire, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Batu Rufus Dive Site Map

Batu Rufu Dive Site Map

Batu Rufus Dive Map. Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

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