Deep Reef SouthDistance: 10km
Travel Time: 20 min
Max Depth: 33m
Suitable For: Advanced Open Water/ 2*
Best served with Nitrox!
This reef is part of the offshore chain of reefs and consists of a large plateau in 27m with an East West wall which drops down to 33m in a sand bottomed basin. This area has long been popular with sport fishermen due to the abundance of pelagic fish found in the water column. It is not uncommon to swim through large shoals of travelly, tuna and barracuda both on the way down to the reef and on the way back to the surface. Larger predators such as spinner, zambezi (bullshark) and bow mouth guitar sharks can also be seen patrolling both the reef and the open water above.
The reef itself is very colourfull, with blankets of soft thistle coral, sponges and reef fish such as blue banded snapper, angel fish and well camouflaged frog fish. The reef is also home to several large potato grouper which can be very inquisitive and often approach divers to check them out. There are 3 primary cleaning stations here where manta and other rays can be seen receiving the attentions of the small cleaner fish which swarm up from the reef at their approach. Other ray species seen here include blotched fantail, jenkins whiptail, eagle, devil and small Eyed stingray, the biggest stingray in the world! Hawksbill, loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles are also seen on our offshore reefs. As with all our offshore reefs, there is plenty of scope for deeper and exploration diving, we can facilitate this through IANTD courses and guided technical dives.