Mandarin Valley

Kapalai, Malaysia

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A lesser known cousin to the scuba sites of Sipadan, this is a beautiful underwater experiemce all year round. Clear waters and unpoilt marine life make this a scuba enthusiats dream. Great underwater macro photography options here too.

A gentle coral slope here descends to around 20 meters. Sightings by divers of rarer and smaller species that are abundant here; frogfish, pipefish and stonefish. Getting deeper there are often groups of cuttlefish with their pulsating colour changes and iridescent flashes, the cuttlefish often congregate around the wreck of a small fishing boat here.

The highlights of this dive are the vibrant Mandarin dragonets that can be found flitting around the spines of sea urchins. They are named after beautifully coloured Chinese clothing that resembles the colours of this exquisite fish.

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Last updated by Jerry on 2/4/2012

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