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Muck Diving Meccas

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If you are an avid underwater photographer or a lover of the weird and wonderful, then the seas of Asia hold a treasure trove of delights.

Originally pioneered in Papua new Guinea, muck-diving is now big business & is incredibly addictive. It involves diving on sandy slopes or amongst rubble and sporadic coral reefs looking for rare, unusual and sometimes downright bizarre critters.

Here is our guide to some of the world's muck-diving meccas...


Scorpionfish Pygmy Seahorse Nudibranch Leaf Scorpionfish If you are an avid underwater photographer or a lover of the weird and wonderful, then the seas of Asia hold a treasure trove of delights.
 

Dauin Mabul & Kapalai Lembeh Strait Ambon Milne Bay Port Moresby Alor Seraya Maumere
 

Giant Nudibranch Lembeh Lembeh Strait        Dive Guide
Indonesia
When many people think of muck diving, they think of Lembeh Strait. The volcanic, black sand slopes of this strait at the northern tip of Sulawesi have become a muck-diving mecca. The area has so many unusual critters that it is difficult to know where to start. Mimic Octopus, Pygmy Seahorses, Flambouyant Cuttlefish, Giant Nudibranchs, Electric Shells & all kinds of Frogfish are just some of the creatures that inhabit this strange world.

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Milne Bay
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Papua New Guinea
Coconut Octopus Milne Bay
Situated at the southern tip of Papua New Guinea, Milne Bay is the spiritual home of muck-diving & is still one of its greatest ambassadors. Dinah's Beach was the first ever muck-dive. Here you can find many species of Octopi, including the curiously named Wunderpus, along with Dwarf Lionfish, Juvenile Batfish & all kinds of strange Frogfish & Scorpionfish. Nearby is Observation Point, where even more strange critters can be found.

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Nudibranch Port Moresby Port Moresby        Dive Guide
Papua New Guinea
Also in Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby is the capital of the rare & wonderfully elaborate Lacy Scorpionfish. Also found here are their close relatives - the Weedy Scorpionfish, plus Pygmy Seahorses, Ghost Pipefish, numerous Flatworms & Nudibranch's and Epaulette Sharks - a strange species of Shark that walks rather than swims.

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Mabul & Kapalai
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Malaysia
Giant Frogfish Kapalai
Close to the world famous Sipadan, with its plunging walls and huge pelagics are two dive spots that could be a world away. Both Mabul & Kapalai have shallow sandy slopes that are a macro photographers dream, hiding Mandarinfish, Seahorses, Frogfish, Flambouyant Cuttlefish, Squat Lobsters, Ghost Pipefish & no shortage of strange Nudibranch's.

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Mandarinfish Ambon Ambon        Dive Guide
Indonesia
At the northern edge of the Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia is the little island of Ambon, another muck-diving heaven. In Ambon's large bay, you can find the Ambon Scorpionfish - a species endemic to this area, plus Thorny Seahorses, Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, Mandarinfish & plenty of Frogfish. In fact, a new species of Frogfish was discovered here only recently.

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Alor
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Indonesia
Demon Stinger Alor
To the south of Ambon, across the Banda Sea, Alor is one of the latest muck-diving hotspots. Traditionally known as an area to spot large pelagics in ripping currents, Alor is also home to Mimic Octopus, Wunderpus, Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, Bobtail Squid, Demon Stingerfish, Stargazers and many more hidden delights.

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Ribbon Eel Maumere Maumere        Dive Guide
Indonesia
Maumere was once at the forefront of diving as a serious contender for the title of most diverse habitat on earth. A huge earthquake & tsunami in 1992 saw it slip of the diving map, but it is now recovering its former glory. Here you can find Frogfish, Ribbon Eels, Pygmy Seahorses, Mandarinfish and all manner of crazy crustaceans.

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Seraya
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Indonesia
Harlequin Shrimps Seraya
Bali has some great muck-dives all around the island. The local king of muck-diving until recently was Secret Bay in the west, but recently Seraya has emerged as a serious contender for the crown. Just a short drive from the world-famous Tulamben shipwreck, these black volcanic slopes are home to Ghost Pipefish, Harelquin Shrimps, Spider Crabs, Coleman's Shrimps, Frogfish & many juveniles.

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Flambouyant Cuttlefish Dauin Dauin        Dive Guide
Philippines
Situated to the south of Negros in the Visayas region of the Philippines, Dauin is another area of black volcanic sand that seems to give rise to weird & wonderful marine life. Here you can find many species of Frogfish, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Flambouyant Cuttlefish, Seahorses, plus many Shrimps, Crabs & Nudibranch's.

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