Dive Site

Dangarus Reef

  • Current: N/W in the morning, N/E at midday, S/E in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 25–35 m; M, J, J, A: 30–60 m; S, O, N, D: 50–80 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24–25°C; A, M, J: 26–28°C; J, A, S: 28-32°C; O, N, D: 28-24°C
  • Depth: 100 m


Whether the historical origins of the reef name actually have something to do with the word "dangerous"? Perhaps. After all, Dangarus is known for its oceanic shark sightings. Fortunately, statistics help put our minds at ease: Approximately ten people are killed by shark attacks each year, most of them surfers. Since humans kill over 100 million sharks a year, we needn't wonder if we don't see them anymore.


This is the southernmost reef of St. John's and offers plenty of variety. The reef has an extension of 150m by 70m. Hidden on the main reef is the small cave system. It is easy to dive and there is no danger of getting lost. The entrance is located on a small plateau at 9m depth.
In the outer area, the plateau extends another 60m to the south. Here there are carpet anemones and harlequin crabs that live together symbiotically. At another spot lives a hammerhead shark. To the west, numerous coral structures rise from a mixture of soft and hard corals. In between them, giant moray eels and napoleon wrasse are always hiding. Two ergs reach from 20m depth to 9m below the surface. Towards the east there is a very nice garden of mountain corals in all colors.

Due to the turbulence at the Ergs it is a challenging dive site in stronger currents. Also, the morning current can push you into the open water.


  • At Dangarus, night diving is highly recommended.
  • Caves: The wonderful caves of Dangarus are anything but "dangerous" and a lot of fun!
  • Sea Anemones: Carpet anemones, which live symbiotically and harmoniously with harlequin crabs, are located on the large plateau to the south.
  • Giant moray eels hide among the coral structures to the west. They are not true beauties, but somehow pretty in their own way. And who decides who is beautiful and who is not anyway?

map Dive Plans

Southern Plateau

Dive east from the boat to the large round coral, then to the outside area to the block packed with glassfish and shrimp. Then continue to the drop-off edge to the hammerhead shark and yellowtail barracudas. Heading west we continue to the two single Ergs with their colorfulness. Over the coral garden it goes back to the boat.

Western corals and the caves

Dive west into the coral garden. There you will find moray eels and a school of banner fish. Afterwards swim up to the cave - the "light show" there is great! The walls are covered with wire corals and snails crawl on the bottom. Cross the plateau with the anemones in front of the cave and ascend towards the east.

Night dive

The main reef is perfectly adequate for a night dive. The corals explode with color and the reef is full of life. The current can sometimes be a problem, but close to the reef you are safe. At dusk, a silky shark or oceanic white tip may come by to investigate.