Scuba diving in Unusual Suspects
The Unusual Suspects site is in Bima Bay near the town of Bima. It became famous for being a home to creatures (such as rare gobies and stonefish) that are unusual to encounter at most other dive sites. The site has a reef of large, soft corals that slopes down to a rocky bottom. The average depth of the site is 14m/46ft, and it is suitable for beginner divers. Unusual Suspects is also known for good night diving, because the rare small sea creatures go out of their shelters at night. It is also said to be a good place for muck diving.
When to go
The best time to dive at Unusual Suspects is from mid-May to the beginning of September. The average temperature of the water is 29C/84F throughout the year.
What to see
Some of the marine animals include tiger shrimp, ghost pipefish, fire sea urchins, zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, barramundi cod, sea moths, razorfish, mimic octopi, frogfish, harlequin sweetlips, wonderpus octopi, blue-ringed octopi, Spanish dancers, pinnate batfish, bobtail squid, and stonefish.