Gilimanuk Bay (Secret Bay)

Secret Bay is on the western end of Bali. It was an easy walk-in dive in calm water. Apparently there can be a current, but we had none for either dive. The area typically dove by visitors is shallow; we did not exceed 10m. A small sunken wooden boat rests just off the beach and attracts lots of fish. Much of the dark sand bottom is covered by a large loose leafy green alga (Ulva?) and there are occasional obstructions, old posts wrapped with netting and such, that attract fish. While we saw no nudibranchs here, it was an interesting dive nonetheless with several large frogfish (Antennarius pictus and A. hispidus), marine catfish (Plotosus lineatus), shrimpfish (Aeoliscus strigatus), several different scorpaenids and snake eels, pipefish, lots of variously colored large starfish (Protoreaster nodosus) that we did not see elsewhere, cuttlefish and a lot more. There were also large numbers of the attractive Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) that were introduced there a few years ago and have done very well.

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