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

Overview

Whether the historical origins of the reef's name actually have anything to do with the word 'Dangerous'? Maybe. After all, Dangarus is well-known for its oceanic shark sightings. Luckily the statistics help ease our minds: approx. ten people are killed by shark attacks each year, with the majority being surfers. With humans killing over 100 million sharks per year, it's no wonder that sharks don't like putting in an appearance.

Description

Dangarus is the southernmost reef of St. John's and it offers us plenty of variety – whether it's the small cave systems on the main reef, the carpet anemones with their rainbow crabs, coral formations with giant moray eels and Napoleon wrasse or the sight of hammerhead sharks.

The caves are located on a small high plateau at a depth of nine metres and don't lead up any blind alleys. Towards the east, we find a very beautiful coral garden with mountain coral in all different colours. Night dives are also possible in Dangarus; under certain circumstances, however, the morning current can push us out into open water. With good guides, however, we're always on the safe side.

Hotspots

  • Caves: The wonderful caves of Dangarus are everything but 'dangerous' as well as lots of fun!
  • Sea anemones: The carpet anemones which live symbiotically and harmoniously with rainbow crabs can be found on the large plateau in the south.
  • Giant morays: Giant morays hide between the coral structures in the west. They aren't exactly true beauties, but somehow pretty in their own way. And who decides anyway, who is beautiful and who's not?!

map Dive Plans

Southern Plateau

Dive east from the boat to the large round coral, then outside to the block that is packed with glass fish and shrimp. Then on to the drop-off edge to the hammerhead shark and the yellowtail barracudas. Head west to the two individual ergs with their splendid colors. We return to the boat via the coral garden.

Westhern corals and the caves

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

Night dive

The main reef is perfectly adequate for a night dive. The corals are bursting with color and the reef is full of life. The current can be a problem at times, but close to the reef you're safe. At dusk, a silky shark or longimanus comes by to see if everything is in order.