West Ridge Dive Site

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This dive site is often overlooked by visitors to the Sipadan area and so is less busy than other sites. It is best visited in the afternoon, as the sun does not shine directly over the site until late in the day. The sunlight creates unusual shadows over this wall reef as the ledges on the top of the reef block some of the light. Whilst this site does not have the schooling pelagic fish like other Sipadan sites, it has an amazing array of coral.

The site has occasional currents, and depths vary from around 10 metres to around 40 metres although the wall drops off into the vast depths of the ocean. Like other sites in the area, it has fantastic visibility sometimes reaching over 30 metres. As the site is not visited very much, the coral is in perfect condition with little damage. The wall is covered in pink, red, yellow, and purple carnation corals and there are huge numbers of sea fans and large gorgonian fans. There are black and dark green branching corals and large black coral bushes. The wall has many crevices, nooks, and crevices all covered in corals adding to the fantastic views of corals and reef fish.

The site also does have a good number of turtles, sharks, and schools of reef fish. These include many different anemone fish, Napoleon wrasse, groupers, and sweetlips. Large numbers if tuna and moray eels are also commonly spotted here.

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