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Tatawa besar


Tatawa besar is a larger island from the pair of Tatawa islands (besar means “big”, kecil is “small”). The best diving option is to drift in the current flowing north-east of the island and get to the corner for a safety stop.

Looking at coral formations, it can be easily seen that there may be quite a strong current here; whole coral formations “cuddle” to the ground. In the direction of the depths, you can always spot large groupers and sweetlips, often sharks and stocks jacks.

Approaching the island’s bend we notice that the corals become bigger and they are surrounded by groups of angelfish and butterflyfish.

One can often see single mantas coming in for cleaning, sometimes a turtle or a group of bump head parrot fish.