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Mawan is a small islet to the north of Padar, ringed by idyllic white sandy beaches and shallow coral gardens.
The dive begins close to the beach on the southwest side of the island. Descend to around 15 m and swim southwest, following a wide coral-covered slope. The variety of coral and fish life here is immense, and it is worth taking time to look closely. Small critters abound—a macro-lovers paradise! But there is something for everyone here. Sharks, bumphead parrotfish and rays are commonly seen. Keep your eyes peeled towards the end of the dive, as mantas can sometimes be seen hovering just above the white sandy seafloor.
Head back in towards the shallows to finish the dive, where the coral gardens offer a wealth of treasures to discover during your safety stop. Mawan does experience strong currents, and this dive can only be attempted on a rising tide. Be sure to seek advice from an experienced local guide before diving this site.