Tatawa Kecil is a fantastic dive site on a small, rocky island southwest of Tatawa Besar. This site can be very difficult when currents are running, and it is critical to time your dive to coincide with slack. Ideally aim for low water slack when the north-south current is at its weakest. The dive begins on the north shore of the island on a reef flat that extends from 12-18m with several beautiful table corals. Continue down the western side to find monumental boulders littering the seafloor from 14-26 m, followed by a cave and an overhang that are certainly worth exploring. In the shallows a vibrant coral garden cascades down the reef slope. The dive finishes on the southern shores of the island, where the coral garden is a great place to explore during your safety stop. Almost anything can be found on this site: mantas, sharks, turtles, bumphead parrotfish, and schooling fish. But also look carefully for more cryptic treasures hiding amongst the branching corals. Take extreme care on this site; strong currents and whirlpools can quickly pull an unprepared diver off the reef.
The humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) is a species of wrasse mainly found on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. It is also known as the Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, Napoleonfish, so mei 蘇眉 (Cantonese), mameng (Filipino), and merer in the Pohnpeian language of the Caroline Islands.
Bleaching occurs when corals expel their symbiotic zooxanthellae - pigmented, algae-like protozoa that live within the coral's cells. High temperature, pollution or other stresses can cause the coral to expel its zooxanthellae, leading to a lighter or complete loss of color.