ENAJA SAFARIS AND TOURS, INC

Whales, Sharks, Elephants and More
July 2017

DIVE SITE DESCRIPTIONS

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Elusive (12-18m)
  1. Elusive (12-18m)

The reef is circular, with a flatter outside area and a big ‘sinkhole/collapsed feature’ in the center. In the middle the doughnut area is sand and scattered rock. The highlight in the doughnut area is the enormous school of ‘yellow fish’ made up of Blue- Banded, Yellow, and Dory Snappers and Flame Goatfish. These fish literally envelop divers, and sometimes you cannot even see through them! The out-to-sea section of this reef has a wonderful cleaning station full of Purple Thistle corals surrounded by Sea Goldies. Bigger fish including manta rays, grey reef sharks, and turtles have been seen getting cleaned at this cleaning station.

Common sightings: This is the perfect place to look for Raggy Scorpionfish, False Stonefish, Stonefish And Paperfish as they camouflage so perfectly on the rocky reef. Other common sightings are of Green, Hawksbill And Loggerhead Turtles, Potato Bass, Marbled Leopard Grouper, River Snapper, Shortspine Porcupine Fish, Big Honeycomb Moray Eels, Blackcheek Moray Eels, Devil Firefish, Crayfish, Honeycomb, Sharpnose and Blue Spotted Stingrays as well as Marbled Electric Rays.

Pineapple Reef (14-18m)
  1. Pineapple Reef (14-18m)

A long dive site which starts out quite narrow, with sand on both sides, then widens out to form wonderful coral areas forming ledges against the sand. The highlight of this dive is the Potato Bass with some dives producing up to 4 or 5 different individuals. Everyone’s favorite is Boris who loves attention from divers and will often follow divers for the entire dive, sometimes coming in really close for a stroke or a tickle under the chin!

Common sightings: A variety of Anemones with Clownfish, Domino Fish, Porcelain Crabs and Partner Shrimps; Honeycomb, Blackcheek, Geometric Moray Eels; Honeycomb And Sharpnose Stingrays often rest on the sand; big schools of Fusileers, Coachmans, Scads, Surgeonfish, Red Fang Triggerfish, Chubbs, Christies and Slinger; Nudibranchs, Paperfish, Ghost Pipefish, Tiger and Egg Cowrie Shells; Grey Reef and Tiger Sharks are often seen in summer.

Aerial (12-14m)
  1. Aerial (12-14m)

There are two sections to this reef. The southern reef has two small ‘cave/overhang’ areas with space for only 1 or 2 divers at a time. Divers lie on the sand and look into the small caves. There are cleaning stations where divers can rest their hands on the sand and get a Cleaner Shrimp manicure! There are also three ‘pot holes’ in the reef, where huge round Ribbontail Rays, or turtles are often seen sleeping, we have even seen juvenile Brindle Bass and Tawny Nurse Sharks resting in these holes!

Common sightings: Hawksbill, Loggerhead And Green Turtles, Paperfish, Juvenile and adult Angelfish, huge blue male Ember Parrotfish and brown female ember parrotfish, Octopus, Starfish, Sea Cucumbers, Grey Reef Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Manta Rays and even Whale Sharks have been seen at this site.

Pantry (10-14m)
  1. Pantry (10-14m)

This reef is a series of ‘fingers’ and is called Pantry due to the high number of game fish found here.

Island Rock (8-12m)
  1. Island Rock (8-12m)

This rock forms the end point of the channel out of which we launch our boats. We dive this shallow reef during ragged tooth shark season, Dec – March, where we get the opportunity to dive with the pregnant, female ragged tooth sharks, when sea conditions are good. For non-divers, Island Rock is also a wonderful snorkeling area with a great diversity of fish life.

Hang Ten (10-12m)
  1. Hang Ten (10-12m)

This small, shallow reef is a great place to just ‘hang ten’ and watch the life as it passes you by. Big rays such as Honeycomb and Sharpnose Stingrays as well as Guitarfish are often spotted here.

Common sightings: Honeycomb Eels, schools of Spadefish, turtles, Pineapple Fish, Nudibranchs, and schools of Squid.

Jack’s Playground (8-10m)
  1. Jack’s Playground (8-10m)

A wonderful shallow dive and snorkeling area.

Gogo’s (14-18m)
  1. Gogo’s (14-18m)

Gogo’s is named after the old woman Angelfish. The Angelfish seem fascinated by divers and often play with divers bubbles during safety stops.

Common sightings: Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead Turtles, Potato Bass, schools of Humpback Snapper, schools of Sea Pike, Trumpet Fish, Unicorn Fish, various Moray Eels, Razor Wrasse, Filamented Sand Eels, Nudibranchs, Anemones, Lemonfish.

Brewer’s Garden (14-18m)
  1. Brewer’s Garden (14-18m)

This reef has huge Purple Coral mounds and carpets of corals. Schools of Goldies hover and big Crayfish and eels are found hiding inside.

Yellowfin drop (14-18m)
  1. Yellowfin drop (14-18m)

Yellowfin drop begins with an area of pinnacles and ledges where schools of Yellow Snappers hang above the reef and Tassel Fish and turtles are found under the ledges.

Coral Alley (14-18m)
  1. Coral Alley (14-18m)

Coral alley is as the name suggests – covered in spectacular coral!

Coachman’s Ledge (16-22m)
  1. Coachman’s Ledge (16-22m)

From Coral Alley we swim south over some scattered rock and seaweed until a school of Coachman greets us at the ledge. The reef is covered with corals and has many cleaning stations in the holes and cracks.

Regal Reef (8-12m)
  1. Regal Reef (8-12m)

Named regal reef after the shy Regal Angelfish that live here, this reef is like an underwater maze, with gullies, pinnacles and swim-throughs. The reef is covered in corals, and as you sink down into the gullies you are surrounded by walls of color, a truly spectacular dive!

Solitude (20-24m)
  1. Solitude (20-24m)

Solitude is a small reef surrounded by sand. The reef has a cave going right through it and divers can sit at one opening and watch the fish life swimming around inside. Schools of fish sit into the current on top of the reef, hovering around the Green Tree Corals. There is a wonderful Black-Branched Coral where we find the elusive Long Nose Hawkfish!

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