South Panga Batang SCUBA Dive Sites

Category: Flores IslandSouth Panga Batang
The northeast tip of Maumere bay, where we were going to do our first dive on Alor 2004 KSDC trip. The sun was setting when we geared up, and the last of the light faded as we descended into the abyss. My 125th dive, and my first night dive ever! It was slightly unnerving to hover in dark waters, surrounded by the halo of a single underwater torch. It took me a few minutes to get used to my little bubble of light, then I felt myself relaxing when I realized it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was a nice, shallow site, the reef crawling with life. I spotted some big-ass decorator crabs, cute hermit crabs, huge nudibranchs, a burrowing slipper lobster, and millions of tiny creepy wiggly wormy things that followed my dive light everywhere. I surfaced on a high - from the dive and the compressed air.

KSDC trips to South Panga Batang:

Reef type: Wall
Access: Approx. 3 hours by boat (liveaboard) from Maumere Harbour
Visibility: 10-20 meters
Current: No current
Coral condition: Healthy
Marine life: Hermit crab, slipper lobster, nudibranchs, flatworms, scorpion fish
Highlights: Good option for a night dive
Accomodation: No accomodation (except liveaboard)
Difficulty: Easy