1 BEYOND THE BEACH
California (30 45 FT)
This fascinating wreck is surrounded by large coral foundations and an abundance of tropical fish. Due to currents and sometimes-choppy seas this diving location is one for experienced divers only. The wreck is almost 90 years old.
2 ARASHI AIRPLANES (35 40 FT)
A sunken Lockheed Lodestar and twin engine Beechcraft lying in 50 and 20 feet of water respectively. Brain coral, star coral and sea fans, along with parrotfish, angelfish an other coral fishes, can also be found in this area.
3 BEST ALL-AROUND DIVE ANTILLA WRECK (60FT)
Locally referred to as the ghost shipš. This German freighter (brand new at the time) was destroyed in 1941 when the Germans invaded Holland during World War 2. The largest wreck in the Caribbean (400 ft long), the large hull makes for easy, safe diving. Covered by giant tube sponges and coral formations the wreck is surrounded by many kinds of tropical fish (mainly angelfish and yellowtail snapper). It is a great place for night diving.
4 MALMOK & DEBBIE 2 (70 FT)
Paths of wildly spread leaf and brain corals await you at this reef. It is known for its lobsters and stingrays taking their daily siesta, waiting to be photographed. Giant barrel sponges in purple, orange and green are found everywhere. In 1992, the Debbie 2, a 120ft-fuel barge was sunk as an additional attraction. The wreck attracts schooling fish and barracudas.
5 WRECK DIVE (NOVICE) PEDERNALIS (35 FT)
A beginneršs paradise offering a combination of large pieces of wreck spread out between coral formations. This oil tanker was torpedoed during the last World War by a German submarine. The U.S. military cut the wreck into three pieces leaving the centerpiece, damaged by the torpedo, behind. This area is home to lobsters, groupers and large numbers of angelfish.
6 BEST DEEP DIVE (BOAT) HARBOUR REEF/PILOT BOAT
(40 100 FT)
A gradual slope brings the diver through magnificent formations of hard and soft coral to an old pilot boat. Green moray eels and French angelfish are often spotted at this site. Occasionally, stingrays and spotted eagle rays can be seen close by.
7 BEST WRECK DIVE (SNORKELING) RENAISSANCE AIRPLANES
Off Renaissance Island, lives a Convair 400 and a Beechcraft 18. The Beecraft sits in 15 20 feet of water amidst soft coral. Divers can admire the Convair, which is in 40 60 feet of water, while they explore the sloping reef.
8 MOST COLOURFUL DIVE SPONGE REEF (15 80 FT)
Soft coral ranging from the orange elephant ear sponges to purple and yellow tube sponges can be found in this area, as well as some interesting leaf and plate coral formations.
9 BARCADERA REEF (20 80 ft)
A sandy bottom with many brain corals and an abundance of sea fans of different species. These fans are in constant motion, giving you the sensation of being welcomed to a unique and breaktaking seascape.
10 KANTIL REEF (40-110ft)
Fascinating collection of boulders with brain and star coral. Also, abundant formations of leaf and sheet corals, and home to various species of marine life.
11 BEST PHOTO OPPORTUNITY SKALEHEIN (15 120 ft)
Magnificent coral formations, colorful sponges and deep-water gorgonians can be found along this slope. Excellent shallow dive. Coral fishes abound, and keen observers may even be able to spot seahorses at this site.
12 BEST WRECK DIVE (FROM BOAT) JANE SEA FREIGHTER
(30 90 FT)
At a depth of 90 feet of water the Jane Sea Freighter rests in an almost vertical position. The Freight is about 200 feet long and has some spectacular sea fans and brain coral around it. The site also attracts many schools of tropical fish and large barracudas.
13 PLONCO REEF (20 110 ft)
Large green morays welcome you to the great underwater world where giant coral formations contour the landscape. Parrotfish, damselfish and barracudas all call this reef home.
14 BEST SNORKELING SITE DE PALM SLOPE (15-120 ft)
Magnificent coral formations sloping to great depths. Also a great site for divers who want to take advantage of an interesting drift dive. Accessible from the shore (de palm island) or by boat.
15 THE FINGERS (20 120 FT)
The reef resembles a finger pointing down to the deep. Beautiful coral formations and sea fans can be found here. Moray eels and tropical fish are also seen every dive.
16 BEST REEF DIVE MIKEšS REEF (25 90 ft)
Enormous clusters of gorgonians, brain and star coral dominant at Mikešs Reef. Brilliant purple and orange sponges form a breathtaking backdrop for the procession of colorful fish and barracuda that inhabit the site. Also an excellent drift dive to the Fingers (close to De Palm Island)
17 BEST DEEP DIVE (SHORE) MANGEL HALTO REEF (110ft)
A pronounced slope from 15ft down to 110ft gives divers the opportunity to admire a myriad of coral combinations. All types of marine life can be found in this area, from deep-water gorgonians to sea anemones and sponges, from octopus to schools of yellowtail snappers.
18 BEST NIGHT DIVE CORAL SPAWNING AT POS CHIQUITO REEF
One of the best night dives on the island is a seasonal event. Trips to the Pos Chiquito Reef, known locally as Bao Baranca, are scheduled each September and October in order to witness the natural regeneration of the coral reef. This site also happens to be a great year-round shore dive. This area is known for its huge star and brain coral formations found on a sloping plane.
19 ISLA DE ORO REEF (20-90ft)
The shallow portion of the reef offers many different combinations of brain, staghorn, star and plate coral. Many sea fans and soft corals can also be enjoyed at this site. Parrotfish are frequently spotted in the area.
20 COMMANDEURS REEF (40 90 ft)
Sloping into the deep, formations of sheet and leaf coral rise out of the water. Extensive marine life such as snapper, groupers, grunts and French and Queen angelfish can also be found here.
21 LAGO REEF (120 ft)
This deep dive presents an impressive display of coral formations, deep-water gorgonians, sponges, sea anemones and a variety of marine life.
22 INDIAN HEAD (25 90 FT)
Brain and star coral formations are home to a vast assortment of tropical fish.
23 THE CROSS (20 60 FT)
Explore this site and discover 10-ft memorial monument embedded in the sandy sea floor. The cross is located on the site of a splendid reef; beautiful coral formations and different soft corals are home to an assortment of marine life. Excellent drift dive.
24 BEST SHORE DIVE BABY BEACH REEF (20 60 ft)
Exit the Baby Beach swimming area and enjoy large formations of Elkhorn coral with sheet coral, making it a perfect place for crabs, octopus and lobster. Great visibility and accessibility from the shore. Recommended for both divers and experienced snorkelers.
25 BEST DRIFT DIVE SANTANA REEF TO BABY BEACH REEF
Santana Reef near Baby Beach Reef.
Pick up the current near the Santana Reef and enjoy the large formations, different soft corals and sea fans as you move toward the Baby Beach swimming inlet. Entry to this shore dive is sometimes a little rough.
26 CABEZ REEF (50ft)
Experienced divers who take on the strong seas and rough currents at this site will be rewarded with views of a wide variety of marine life including barracudas, amberjacks and rainbow runners.
27 MOST UNUSUAL SITE SHARK CAVES
(40 70ft) (only experienced divers)
Nurse sharks snooze in the rock overhang at the islandšs southeastern point. Accessibility to caves depends on sea and current conditions. Dive recommended only for experienced divers.