Known as the enst muck diving in the Philippines, just a few hours drive from Manila, this very accessible muck diving haven offers great opportunities to spot several species of nudibranch, seahorse, shrimps, crabs, cuttlefish and a variety of octopus species too.
Alor │ Indonesia
Known for its proliferation of rynopia, and other macro life, Alor will not disappoint macro enthusiasts. With sandy rubble sites as well as magnificent reefs, there is no shortage of critter here. From orangutan crabs and harlequin shrimp to wonderpus and manderin fish, the variety of critters here is simply astounding.
The eastern coast of Bali, around Seraya, Amed and Tulamben, offer some fabulous muck diving sites. The wreck of the Liberty, at Tulamben, is overgrown with corals and many crabs (candy, decorator, spider etc) have found homes there, as have ornate ghost pipefish and several types of shrimp. Seraya offers mostly black sandy slope sites, inhabited by pygmy seahorses, stargazers, mimic octopus and frogfish.
Lembeh Straits │ Indonesia
The “muck diving capital of the world”, this dirty waterway has sloping black sandy bottom with some of the most peculiar and rare critters calling it home. Though sightings vary, it is not uncommon to see several species of frogfish, nudibranch, octopus and seahorse on a dive, to name but a few. Despite the litter in the water, many creatures have made their homes here, some of them inside bottles, cans, shoes etc.
North Sulawesi│ Indonesia
The northern coast of Sulawesi offers a great variety of diving, including some fabulous muck diving sites. Here a variety of pipefish, nudibranchs, shrimps and crabs can be seen, as can pygmy seahorses and octopus.0