Turtle Rock

Hin Tao

Northwest of Island #8. Stretching across the length of Island #8, Turtle Rock’s wide, sandy, sloping reef is a scattered mix of boulder outcroppings and staghorn coral gardens ranging between 5-20m/16-66ft. Above the surface the large, turtle shaped rock lends the site its name although hawksbill and green turtles are indeed spotted on most dives. The shallow canyons and swim-thrus on the north side are abundant with soft purple corals and lush sea plumes that provide cover for an array of vibrant wrasse and butterflyfish. Oriental sweetlips and emperor angelfish take advantage of the shadows in amongst the deeper cracks and crevices as the reef slopes away from the island.

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