Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Steve’s Bommie

Schools of yellow lined snapper and fusilier at Steve's Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef

Schools of yellow lined snapper and fusilier at Steve’s Bommie in the Great Barrier Reef

Steve’s Bommie is one of the most popular dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs and it was highly anticipated on the Taka trip. Before this dive a helpful staff member aboard Taka helped me play around with the color settings on my camera, which resulted in some really good, rich shots. The yellow of the snapper is superb and some of the coral colors came out marvelously. As I’m still a novice photographer, some of the photos were a bit TOO color rich, but with more experimentation I’m sure I’ll get it right soon enough.

I had some trouble identifying some of these fish, so if any marine biologists happen to stumble upon this page and have corrections, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

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Diving on the Great Barrier Reef: Two Towers

A sea star at Two Towers on the Great Barrier Reef

A sea star at Two Towers on the Great Barrier Reef

Two Towers is a dual pinnacle dive site that’s home to an amazing array of coral and fish life. There are turtles, sea snakes, and giant clams to be found amongst smaller life like wrasses, groupers, shrimp, and cod.

I got a few good shots of the coral structures, including some vibrant feather stars and highly textured mushroom leather coral. I also love the photo of the closed clam, with its dramatic lightning bolt shape.

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Diving at Shark Point and Anemone Reef

The beautiful blue soft corals at Anemone Reef

The beautiful blue soft corals at Anemone Reef

My final day of diving out of Ao Nang I did the “Superday”, which is 3 dive sites in one day: King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point, and Anemone Reef. Unfortunately I couldn’t bring my camera to the wreck because we went past my camera’s limit of 18 meters, but I did get some good shots at Shark Point and Anemone Reef. The current at the latter site was pretty intense and it was the most challenging dive I’ve done so far!

There were loads of lionfish at the sites as well as more moray eels than I could count. I saw a few barracudas and some pretty big triggerfish. I fell in love with a couple of cube boxfish, which are probably the cutest fish ever (followed closely by the ever-popular clown anemonefish). Most impressive for me though was the sheer amount of bright corals and the variety of color, especially at Anemone Reef. I didn’t think I’d be able to find such a rich reef in such a heavily touristed area. Now I am determined to get off the beaten scuba track to find more pristine dive sites!

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Diving in Maya Bay, Koh Phi Phi Leh

A seal faced pufferfish in Mango Bay

A seal faced pufferfish in Maya Bay

I spent a week in Ao Nang and went on several dive trips with Local Diving. The diving here was much better than in Koh Tao, but a bit pricier.

My camera, which broke when I used it in Koh Tao, suddenly starting working again about two weeks later. Needless to say, I was pretty hesitant to bring it out diving again, but gave it a shot since it’s still under warranty. Luckily, this time it held out! I didn’t, unfortunately, bring my camera on the dives where I saw turtles and sharks, nor could I bring it on the very impressive wreck dive because we went too deep.

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