Dive Site

Paradise Reef

  • Current: N/W in the morning, N/E at midday
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 25–35 m; M, J, J, A: 20–30 m; S, O, N, D: 40–50 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: 100 m

Overview

Reefs, with the word 'Paradise' in their names, usually do this for a good reason . Paradise Reef, the northernmost reef in the area of St. John's is famous for its cave systems with dazzling displays of light as well as for its extravagant blocks and exquisite lagoons.

Description

Paradise Reef and Cave Reef are connected via multiple blocks, whereby the later constitutes the southernmost point of the reef. Drop-off edges, plunging more than 50 metres into the deep, are also found here just as much as enchanting coral gardens in the west. If we're fortunate, we encounter eagle rays and reef sharks in this area of paradise.

Close to the sea anemones in the south, an entrance to a cave with two chambers can be found. Each chamber has an opening at the top through which heavenly light shines down. In addition to the spectacular plays of light, the large number of snails is the cave's second highlight.

Both lagoons are a true paradise. Gobies and pipefish hustle and bustle in the sandy flats. Towards the east, a coral which grew top-down and stops just 30 centimetres above the ground can also be found. A colourful coral garden begins just right behind it.

Hotspots

  • Coral: The large coral, which grew-top down like a waterfall and stops just 30 centimetres before the ground, is an absolute highlight in the lagoon.
  • Cave: When we're inside both caves, then we will know why this reef is called 'Paradise'.

map Dive Plans

Blocks and caves

You dive to the west and then the blocks appear in a threatening tilt. You will see a network of different colored corals with a height of 3 to 12 m, which attract many buffalo head parrot fish. There is a cluster of anemones on the main reef.<br/>Behind it is the entrance to the cave to the north, consisting of two large rooms and smaller side channels overgrown with yellow fan corals.

Lagoon and coral garden

Since you are standing south, the lagoons are right in front of you: a sandy area with pipefish and gobies, embedded in corals with mighty overhangs. To the east the coral stands like a wedge, growing from top to bottom. Then the coral garden begins. With its depressions and notches, it extends from 5-25m in depth. Various schools of fish and sharks are permanent visitors here.

Night dive

Usually no captain is willing to stay here overnight. Should it happen, night diving is definitely worth it. Then from under the boat to the coral garden and in the lagoons at a depth of 16 to 5m simply enjoy the nightlife. Great colors and shapes!<br/>Here the weather and the current change very quickly, you should pay attention to that.