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  • THE CATHEDRAL
    Directly in front of Walindi, popular for night diving. A horse-shoe shaped reef with a large cathedral-like cave at one end. The floor of the cave is covered in white sand and the outside is draped in staghorn and gorgonia coral. Entering the cave at night, turn off your torch and see clearly via the luminescence in the water. During the day a dive on the ocean face of this reef starts at a gentle slope that quickly drops to a vertical wall in over 650ft of water. For the diver who wants to go deeper, there are huge spiral sea whips that extend out 30ft or more from the reef face.

  • HANGING GARDENS
    On the same reef as The Cathedral, Hanging Gardens is a coral wall that drops to a sandy shelf at between 60-100ft before plunging into the abyss. The wall is a maze of caves and swim-throughs, clothed in a profusion of stunning white lace sponges. Intertwined with these lace sponges are black coral trees and delicate pink stylaster corals. Invertebrates, particularly nudibranchs and flatworms are easy to find in the sponges.

  • NORTH EMMA
    A series of large oceanic coral heads that rise to the surface from over 2500ft of water. The individual reefs are linked by a series of coral bridges at depths of 80-100ft. Crossing one of these bridge from the main reef you will find a small cave at 100ft. Both the inside and the outside of the cave is a mass of red and pink soft coral trees. Ascending from the cave to the top of the reef platform at 30ft you will find a virtual garden of barrel sponges so large that a diver can easily fit inside them. A large school of hammerhead sharks frequents the area, and it is not unusual to encounter 20 or more when first entering the water.

  • SOUTH EMMA
    Similar in structure to North Emma, with the exception that the bridges and coral spurs that inter-connect the reefs are a mass of red sea whips and gorgonia. On this reef you will also encounter some of the friendliest batfish to be found anywhere.

  • CHRISTINE'S REEF
    This superb reef is ideal for underwater photographers. Anemone fish of all types and colours, lionfish, turtles, pelagic fish and corals of all varieties are found here. Dive duration can be taken to the maximum as some of the best diving is encountered in relatively shallow depths. Ambient light levels are high, and photographers can obtain excellent colour results, even without a strobe.

  • KIMBE ISLAND
    If sharks are what you want, then this is the place to dive! A swim through open water to a coral spur leads to a coral head that is the meeting place for numerous reef and pelagic sharks. Large barracuda, dog-tooth tuna, giant trevally and large coral trout are also found on this reef.

  • OTTO'S REEF
    This large off-shore oceanic reef is about 20m below the surface. The top of the reef has two large bumps on it; you can sit on them and watch the resident school of barracuda form figures of eight above you. The top of the reef is covered in a huge variety of hard corals and you are likely to encounter endless visibility.

  • SOUTH & NORTH BAY REEFS
    Both these massive oceanic reefs are swept by the off-shore currents of Kimbe Bay. They rise to the surface from over 3500ft of water. Even though they are close together, they are distinctly different. On the ocean side of South Bay reef, in 65ft of water is a wall of stylaster elegans in almost every imaginable colour. A small cave in the wall is filled with these corals. Turtles are common inhabitants of the reef. North Bay Reef is more exposed, and is dominated by caves and swim-throughs. Schools of barracuda numbering 1200 individuals can be seen immediately upon entering the water, and similar schools of tuna are also widespread.


 
 
 
 

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