Shot Gun is a great reef dive site with some fantastic coral coverage that eventually form walls that are covered with a magnificent array of beautiful yellow corals. The dive site is also known as The Cauldron and is found in a channel between Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut. It is said to be one of the most amazing dive sites in the Komodo area because of the amazing corals and marine life.
The dive site is fairly shallow with a maximum depth of 30 metres. Visibility is fantastic and can reach 35 metres.
Between April and November, the weather is more suitable for divers but it can be visited all year around. Divers should be aware of the strong currents in the dive site and should only dive here with the necessary dive skills to manage strong currents. In addition to this, the site forms a kind of bottleneck, and this creates even more current. The shape and speed of the current mean that the site can be very challenging and so only skilled divers should access this site. This current helps to give rise to the name of the dive site, as the speed of the drift dive is said to be like that of a firing shotgun. This type of dive is known as an adrenalin dive.
Where there are currents, there will always in pelagic fish and in between December and February in particular, divers will be able to spot manta rays. These come to feed amongst the strong current.
The current also allows for many soft corals to grow including anemones, sponges, sea fans, and many other soft corals. Divers should be able to spot scopionfish, eels, sharks, stingrays, tuna fish, trevallies, anchovies, bump head parrotfish, turtles, snappers and, of course, the many manta rays.