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1. Elusive 12-18m

This reef has a very different feel to the other reef's as it is quite a rocky reef, with seaweed and sponge. There is coral growth but this is not considered to be one of our 'coral dives'. The reef is circular, with a flatter outside area and a big 'sink hole / collapsed feature' in the centre. In the middle of this area which we call the doughnut, is scattered sand and rock. The highlight in the doughnut area is the enormous school of 'yellow fish' made up of bluebanded snappers, yellow snappers, dory snappers and flame goatfish. These fish literally envelop divers, and sometimes you cannot even see through them! The out to sea section of this reef has a wonderful cleaning station which we call 'Engen' (after one of our petrol stations with a car wash). This area is full of purple thistle corals and is surrounded by sea goldies. We have seen bigger fish life getting cleaned at this cleaning station including manta rays, grey reef sharks and turtles.

Common sightings: This is the perfect place to look for raggy scorpionfish, false stonefish, stonefish and paperfish as they camoflage so perfectly on the rocky reef. Other common sightings are of green, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, potato bass, marbled leopard grouper, river snapper, shortspine procupine fish, big honeycomb moray eels, blackcheek moray eels, devil firefish, crayfish, honeycomb, sharpnose and blue spotted stingrays as well as marbled electric rays.

2. Pineapple Reef 14-18m

A long dive site which starts out quite narrow, with sand on both sides, then widens out to form wonderful coral areas which form ledges against the sand. This was the first reef where we found pineapple fish and we still see them here during summer months. The highlight of this dive is the potato bass, some dives will produce up to 4 or 5 different individuals. Everyone's favourite is Boris as he loves attention from divers and will often follow divers for the entire dive, sometimes coming in really close for a stroke or a tickle under the chin!

Common sightings: A variety of anemone's with clownfish, domino fish, porcelain crabs and partner shrimps; honeycomb, blackcheek, geometric moray eels; honeycomb and sharpnose stingrays often rest on the sand; big schools of fusileers, coachmans, scads, surgeonfish, red fang triggerfish, chubbs, christies and slinger; nudibranches, paperfish, ghost pipefish, tiger and egg cowrie shells; grey reef and tiger sharks are often seen in summer.

3. Aerial 12-14m

There are two sections to this reef, a shorter northern section and a longer inshore southern section, where divers swim across a short stretch of sand to get to. The southern reef has two small 'cave / overhang' areas, where there is space for only 1 or 2 divers at a time. Divers lie on the sand and look into the small caves. These area's are cleaning stations and divers can rest their hands on the sand and get a cleaner shrimp manicure! There are also three 'pot holes' in the reef, where huge round ribbontail rays, or turtles are often seen sleeping, we have even seen juvenile brindle bass and tawny nusre sharks resting in these holes!

Common sightings: hawksbill, loggerhead and green turtles, paperfish, juvenile and adult angelfish, huge blue male ember parrotfish and brown female ember parrotfish, octopus, starfish, sea cucumbers, grey reef sharks, tiger sharks, manta rays and even whalesharks have been seen at this site.

4. Pantry 10-14m

This reef is a series of 'fingers' of reef. We dive along one finger of reef then cross a short strech of sand to the next finger of reef and so on. Called pantry due to the high number of game fish found at this reef during summer months.                                                                                                              

5. Island Rock 8-12m

This rock forms the end point of the channel out of which we launch our boats. We dive this shallow reef during ragged tooth shark season, Dec - March, where we get the opportunity to dive with the pregnant, female ragged tooth sharks, when sea conditions are good. We take ocean experience trips here and non diving guests can snorkel above these sharks and also share in this experience. Island rock is also a wonderful snorkeling area with a great diversity of fish life.

6. Hang Ten 10-12m

This small, shallow reef is a great place to dive with only a few guests and is a place to just 'hang ten' and watch the life as it passes you by. During summer months big rays are often spotted here such as honeycomb and sharpnose stingrays as well as guitar fish.

Common sightings: honeycomb eels, schools of spadefish, turtles, pineapple fish, nudibranches, we often find schools of squid on this reef during summer months.

7. Jack's Playground - 8-10m

A wonderful shallow dive for Discover Scuba Divers trying diving for the first time, named after Jack who was the first diver to dive this reef with us on his very first dive in the ocean. Also a wonderful snorkeling area that we go to on Ocean Experience trips.

8. Gogo's - 14-18m

Gogo's is named after the old woman angelfish. 'Gogo' is a zulu word for 'old woman or grandmother'. When we first discovered this reef these angelfish used to follow us for nearly the entire dive, they seemed fascinated by us, so we named the reef after them. They are much more used to divers now but still often play with divers bubbles during safety stops.

Common sightings: green, hawksbill, loggerhead turtles, potato bass, schools of humpback snapper, schools of sea pike, trupmet fish, unicorn fish, various moray eels, razor wrasse, filamented sand eels, nudibranches, anemones, lemonfish.

9. Brewer's Garden 14-18m

This is the northernmost reef in a chain of 3 reefs, Yellowfin drop next in line, followed by Coral Alley. This reef has huge purple coral mounds, with schools of goldies hovering in and around them and big crayfish and eels found hiding inside. The rest of the reef is also covered in carpets of corals. 

10. Yellowfin drop 14-18m

Yellowifn drop begins with an area of pinnacles and ledges, where schools of yellow snappers hang above the reef and tassel fish and turtles are often found under the ledges. As the reef continues it flatens out but is still covered in coral.

11. Coral Alley - 14-18m

Coral alley is as the name suggests, covered in spectacular coral! The reef winds it's way against the sand out to sea and forms a flatter section in shore. 

12. Coachman's Ledge 16-22m

From Coral Alley we swim south over some scattered rock and seaweed until we see the ledge start to form ahead of us and we are greated by a school of Coachman. The reef is covered with corals and has many cleaning stations in the holes and cracks as you work your way down the ledge.

13. Regal Reef 8-12m

This reef is like an underwater maze, with gullies, pinnacles and swim through's. The reef is covered in corals and as you sink down into the gullies you are surrounded by walls of colour, a truly spectacular dive! Named regal reef after the shy regal angelfish that live here.

14. Solitude 20-24m

Solitude is a small reef surrounded by sand. The reef has a cave going right through it and divers can sit at one opening and watch the fish life swimming around inside. Schools of fish sit into the current ontop of the reef, hovering around the green tree corals. There is a wonderful black branched coral where we find the elusive long nose hawkfish!

 

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