Southeast Lapan SCUBA Dive Sites

Category: Lapan IslandSoutheast Lapan
This particular dive site, South East Lapan Wall, was exposed to the open ocean, and thus not a very ideal site for a night dive because the currents can be tricky. It was one of the most exhausting dives I've had in my life - the current was a raging 1 to 2 knots throughout the dive, so stopping was a challenge. I had to swim against the current several times to avoid being separated from my buddy, who I could barely see in the pitch blackness. To make it even more interesting (not!), there was some down current as well. My buddy and I stuck together as best as we could, and tried to enjoy the dive. We came face to beak with a hawksbill turtle that was sleeping on a ledge on the wall. Delighted as I was with the dive, I got fed up with having to make so much effort to enjoy it. I signaled to my buddy to ascend. When we were back on the boat, she told me her mask flooded every five minutes so she couldn't really enjoy the dive, but she didn't abort the dive because I seemed to enjoy it! Bugger, we could have had a nice hot shower earlier if we both realized we wanted to get out early!

KSDC trips to Southeast Lapan:

Reef type: Wall
Access: Liveaboard
Visibility: 15-20 meters
Current: Tricky
Coral condition: Healthy
Marine life: Hawksbill turtle, nudibranchs
Accomodation: No accomodation (except liveaboard)
Tips: This site is not very ideal for night dives as the wall is exposed to the open ocean, which makes the current a bit tricky
Difficulty: Moderate