The new ‘Back House Reef’ features a stunning shallow coral garden which has some incredible patches of lettuce corals, anemones, staghorns and bommies, among which you’ll find small schools of fish and some of North Sulawesi’s interesting bottom dwellers.
The Back House Reef is also the location of the Murex coral restoration area. Corals which are grown at the coral farm in front of Lihunu Village are transplanted here once they have matured enough to become part of the natural reef! There is an area of reef which suffered from storm damage in the past and the area is now recovering with the help of new corals from the farm beginning to take hold. If you’d like to learn more about corals, how to identify different types of corals and reef restoration, Murex also offer Ocean Gardener Courses.
It’s possible to snorkel around the point, from one house reef to the other! The point is known as Tanjung Usi and the generous coverage of corals here is extremely diverse. The reef is home to a plethora of marine species and highlights include batfish, sweetlips, snappers, parrotfish, moray eels, Moorish idols, clownfish among the anemones, angelfish, butterflyfish, damsels, trumpet fish and stingrays on the sandy patches between the corals. Keep an eye out to the blue water for the chance to see passing eagle rays and hawksbill turtles on the reef or surfacing for air.