Melissa’s Garden dive site is close to Batanta Island and is a great dive site for macro divers and macro underwater photographers. Found in the north-west part of the Raja Ampat region, the site is made up of a large coral garden reef with large areas of coral patches that come in a variety of colours and shapes. Both hard and soft corals are found in abundance and have created some magnificent formations that are home to an equally large variety of marine life.
The dive site is relatively simple and so suitable for all level of divers. The soft corals include many sponges and anemones. Divers can search these to find many brightly coloured nudibranchs and many anemone fish nesting amongst the anemones. Divers will be able to spot many different species of these brightly coloured fish.
Divers will also be able to spot rabbitfish, sea snakes, lionfish, angelfish, and pygmy seahorses. In deeper parts of the dive, barracuda and sometimes manta rays are spotted. The site is also a place known for sightings of the tasselled Wobbegong shark. Due to over fishing of all shark species for the shark fin trade, sightings of these amazing creatures are becoming less and less common. They can normally be spotted here though and are often joined by the more common reef sharks.