Garden of Eden
Diving in Mataking is a combination of macro and aquatic resources which is suitable for new an advanced divers, guests, and photographers. The eastern shore is a slopping reef dropping to a depth of about 100 meters, while on the western reef is mostly wall diving for up to 100 meters.
Another well known, most visited and highlighted dive site in Mataking is the Garden of Eden. Every now and then you will be surrounded by countless reef inhabitants like Moorish idols, angelfishes, and surgeon fishes. Some of these species are being cultivated by cautious and attentive little cleaner wrasses in the Garden of Eden.
The Garden of Eden revolves into the clear water, dropping down to the sea bed by approximately 20 to 25 meters wherein the floor is camouflaged by orange and brown soft corals carried away lazily in the mild current of the water. Not only those, there are also sea-pens and rocks hosting sea-squirts and anemones that cover or mark the floor. The Garden of Eden diving site has a healthy reef scene with a great variety of gobies, eels, shrimps, and rays. Photographers are sure to love the color display as rocks and underwater creatures are crowned with yellow, black and green feather stars. The healthy reef scene plays host to any number of interesting sights thus, guests, tourists, photographers and divers should keep a look out for the great variety of nudibranchs, shrimps and gobies, moray eels and blue-spotted rays.
The diver level, before going to any diving sessions should be an open water diver, meaning no matter how far they could go the diver can assess himself if he can still go further. Garden of Eden’s depth ranges from 5 to 25 meters and its visibility is approximately 10 to 20 meters. The surface condition is normally calm but may be choppy. Water temperature in Garden of Eden usually runs from 25°C to 29°C and the level of experience is at beginner to intermediate. The diving season is all-year round unlike any other diving sites. But before proceeding to the diving proper there is a requirement of having a permit with you especially when you are a beginner.