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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
- 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
- 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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