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Fan Forest Pinnacle or Rocky Peaks is a steep pinnacle famous because of its many orange fan corals.
|Name Dive Site:||Fan Forest Pinnacle|
|Depth: ||5-40m (16-131ft)|
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Located 10km north of Western Rocky Island, Fan Forest Pinnacle is a very colorful dive site in the Mergui archipelago. It is sometimes also referred to as Rocky Peaks. The limestone pinnacle's shallowest point is 5m below the surface and its deepest doing beyond 40m. This can be an easy dive where divers descend to the deepest part of their profile and slowly circle the rock upwards. On occasions though, currents can be strong and it is not possible to get right around the pinnacle. Visibility ranges from 10m to over 30m.
As the name suggests, this dive site is famous for the amount of sea fans here. The biggest gorgonians are in deeper waters around 30m and below. They are very healthy and support a large variety of marine life including feather stars, cowries, hawkfish, ornate ghost pipefish and shrimps. They are surrounded by bearded scorpionfish and common lionfish. Schools of fish swim all around including snapper, trevally, butterfly fish, wrasse and soldierfish. Moray eels are also numerous. Oriental sweetlips and blueringed angelfish are always present. On the deeper reef edges white tip reef sharks and grey reef sharks can be seen. On shallower parts of the reef look for octopus and cuttlefish that often rest around the hard and soft corals. In the blue water look for barracuda and the occasional visit from passing manta rays and eagle rays.
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Fan Forest Pinnacle is just a few miles north of Western Rocky. The pinnacle rises from a depth well beyond the limits of recreational divers, to about 5-meters below the surface. It features huge orange sea fans, black coral, and large barrel sponges. The potential for spotting larger fish is excellent, the dive site is very dramatic and the fish life excellent, including groupers or potato cod and leopard sharks at the deeper depths.
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