Dive Site

Cave Reef

  • Current: N/W in the morning, N/E at midday
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 25–35 m; M, J, J, A: 30–40 m; S, O, N, D: 40–60 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24–24°C; A, M, J: 26–28°C; J, A, S: 28-32°C; O, N, D: 28-25°C
  • Depth: 25 m

Overview

Do you love underwater labyrinths as much as we do? Then you're going to jump for joy now – the Cave Reef has a whole bunch of caves and channels ready for us. It lies in the northern area of St. John's and even has its own inner lagoon covered with coral – simply brilliant!

Description

Measuring 400 metres in width and 1.5 kilometres in length, the Cave Reef is truly a 'huge rock' and a really exciting one at that too! The diving area on the reef stretches along a distance of 400 metres and a width of 190 metres, and as already mentioned, it is a great labyrinth. Here, at a depth of five to twelve metres, we dive through many caves and channels and see many sea fans, sponges and soft coral.

Whoever doesn't want to focus on finding the 'exit', but rather on the marine life, is better advised to dive with a guide. He or she will know exactly where we can easily fit through with our diving gear as not to damage the reef.

Once we've gone through the labyrinth, we can still explore the beautiful lagoon with its large garden of mountain coral. This area's got a very special resident – the seamoths – unbelievable creatures, although usually well-camouflaged and only approx. 10 centimetres in length.

Hotspots

  • Seamoths: We can find these funny little fellows with their wonderful 'wings' and curious-looking bodies in the lagoon of the Cave Reef.
  • Labyrinth: Either you visit with the help of a guide and avoid getting lost or you just dive in and mix it up a bit with some action, fun and excitement whilst looking for the exit. The Cave Reef's labyrinth is just grand!

map Dive Plans

The caves

Even before you dive into the caves, you will come across large Napoleon fish and a very trusting pusher in front of one of the many entrances. Stay there for a while and you will find numerous species of snails. Dive the caves, but be careful: there is a risk of injury. After a tangle of corridors you reach the southern area of the lagoon with the mountain coral garden. There you will find the winged steed in the sandy bottom. Heading south you always come to the boat.

The lagoon

The fastest way to get to the lagoon is by boat through the canal. Dive past the numerous blocks with crabs and watch out for eagle rays between the coral hills. Head east to the outer blocks and then back to the boat. Batfish as well as Napoleons and Trigger are probably waiting under this.

Night dive

The area in front of the passages is ideal here - so please do not dive into it. Snails, crabs, prawns - everything a diver's heart desires is represented here at night.