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Batu Burung or Bird Rocks is a popular dive especially since it is one of the few places to spot tasseled wobbegong.
|Name Dive Site:||Batu Burung, Bird Rocks|
|Depth: ||5-38m (16-124ft)|
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The Jef Fam group of islands to the west of Batanta Island is a beautiful series of islands featuring limestone cliffs, beaches and many shallow bays. Surrounding the islands are some excellent dive sites.
Batu Burung or Bird Rocks is made up of three tiny rock islets and is widely regarded as the areas best dive site. It's a typically diverse Raja Ampat dive site with vast varieties of reef fish. It is fairly easy to spot five different species of angelfish, or butterflyfish or snapper. If you want to count all the species you'll need many more dives to do it.
The reef drops down to around 38 meters on the south side where the wall is covered in colorful soft corals. In the shallows on the west side slope, impressive hard corals are home to myriads of anthias and damsels and giant tridachna clams measure over a meter in length each. Cabbage coral, finger coral mushroom coral and soft coral bushes all compete for space on the reef. Oriental sweetlips shelter under large table coral formations. Cornet fish nose around in staghorn patches. Titan triggerfish can be seen with staghorn coral chucks in their mouth, or maybe a spiny sea urchin. Clown triggerfish are also often spotted. Moray eels, lionfish and scorpionfish are all common. Banded sea snakes can be seen hunting in the coral. Wobbegong's are a more unusual find. They can be found here under rock ledges or coral bommies. They are a rare sight outside of Australia and are one of the most bizarre looking shark species. Manta Rays make occasional visits when the currents are running.
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