Pulau (island) Montehage is a large, flat island north of Pulau Bunaken. It is the largest island of the five and is surrounded by extensive mangrove and fringing reef.
A community of Bajo fisherman has built a village on stilts in the shallow estuarial black reef area north of the island. The dive sites are off the west and south, which is fringed with a wide, shallow reef flat, much of it exposed at low tide. The northwest wall plummets steeply and is subjected to strong oceanic current. Schooling hammerhead sharks in deeper water and huge schools of barracudas are predictably found on this site.
Barracuda Point is a standout site, though a bit of a gamble. Divers here usually see almost nothing or have their best dives, observing the huge resident school of Chevron barracudas, eagle and mobula rays, schools of jacks, trevally, bumphead parrotfish and any of a variety of shark species include gray reef sharks and hammerheads.
It is a steep slope from 5 meters to about 20 meters, then a sheer wall to more than 30 meters. Schools of barracuda can be seen shallower depth than at most sites - Napolean wrasse and bumphead parrotfish. Occasionally huge tuna appear here.
This is where we spotted a school of barracudas forming a wall and the underwater visibilty was about 18 metres and we dived to a maximum depth of 26 metres for 64 minutes.
We saw many trevallies, nudibranchs, napolean wrasse, pyramid butterflyfish, giant pufferfish, white-spotted moray eel, scorpionfish, sea shells, painted spiny lobsters, gorgonian seafans.
I will upload some of my underwater photographs later...
Montehage island is located at the north of Bunaken island and Bango Point is at the south of Montehage island.
I dived there on 30 August 2007 at 1310 hours with a maximum depth of 27.5 metres and a total time of 65 minutes.
01. Cuttlefish (approximately 1 metre in length)
02. School of pyramid butterflyfish
03. Yellowface angelfish
04. Giant sea clams
06. Nudibranch and eggs
07. Yellow trumpetfish
08. Banded sea snake
10. Common lionfish
11. Anemone shrimps
12. Porcelain crabs
13. Giant sea fans
I will upload some of my underwater photograhs later...