This small island on the northern side of the Dampier Strait is near where Kabui Bay exits in to the Strait between the large islands of Gam and Waigeo.
There are several other superb dive sites in the area, such as Cape Kri, Sardine Reef and Mike’s Point, but for sheer consistency the eastern side of Mioskon is hard to beat!
Known above water for its large population of flying foxes, below water you will find a superb site with numerous bommies densely coated in soft corals.
Plus a resident school of yellow snapper patrol that sweeps up and down the reef in a flowing motion that adds to the very dynamic feel of the site.
The island is oval shaped and rises up from the surrounding sandy seabed plateau at 20-25m and its south-east tip faces in to the predominant current that flows through the Strait.
Those rich waters flow in and around the eastern side of the island nourishing the soft corals and marine growth and creating an excellent mini-ecosystem that can be dived repeatedly with zero risk of boredom.
There are several bommies on the shallow plateau reef where large wobbiegong sharks often take up residence as they wait patiently for their prey.
You will also find the tiny Pontohi seahorse in this area and there is one bommie to the north of the the plateau reef that has a large colony of glassfish and several groupers where you could spend a full dive!
The slope down to the sandy plateau also has much to see and this is where the school of yellow snapper like to patrol.
So the trick is to explore this area first and find a spot where you can enjoy the overall ambiance of Mioskon and let the snapper come to you – which they will.
Then make your way up on to the reef plateau in search of wobbiegongs and the glassfish bommie, where you can safely finish your dive amongst some tremendous underwater scenery.
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