Our Dive Sites

Elephant Beach

Qualification Level : Snorkelling, Try Scuba, Open Water.

Depth : 6-25m

Distance : 55 min

This site is named after the last swimming elephant left here on the island. Elephant beach is a beach in itself. The dive site is mostly used for training Open Water divers or Try Scuba courses, because of the easy diving conditions. However, do not be put off by this it is still a spectacular dive site in terms of the vibrant sea life and amazing underwater photography opportunities. This area also has high frequency of turtle and Bumphead sightings. This is the most loved dive site amongst try scuba participants. Most of the season the visibility is really good and a good dive is guaranteed.

To be seen : Bumphead Parrotfish, large forests of Stag horn Coral, hundreds of reef fish species, Coral Groupers, Sea-horses, Fringe-lip Flatheads, Eagle Rays, Scorpion fish, Juvenile Harlequin Sweet lips, Shrimps, Porcelain Crabs, Porcupine fish, Crocodile fish.

 

Bay view Reef

Qualification Level : Try Scuba, Open water.

Depth : 1-11m

Distance : 20 min

This is another dive site famous for its easy going diving conditions and the enormous sea life you got to see. We mostly use this dive site to conduct Try Scuba and Open Water courses. This very accessible dive site is a real treat for first timers with a great marine life and an enchanting mangrove beach.

To be seen : Parrot fish, Pipe fish, Bumphead, Octopus, Sea snake, Crocodile fish, Moorish Idol, Damsel fish, all kinds of anemone fish, Scribbled file fish, Brain coral, Sea horses.

 

Dixons Pinnacle

Qualification Level : Advanced Adventurer, Deep speciality.

Depth : 18-40m

Distance : 1hr

We personally believe this is one of the best dive site in and around Havelock. A famous dive site named after an instructor on the island. The site is formed from 3 pinnacles. A large array of sea life is found here, as well as large schools of fish. All the pinnacles are covered in tube corals and barrel sponges. A moderate to strong current is present most of the time but the abundant sea life certainly makes up for it. The type of conditions demands good mental and physical state. The visibility here remains good almost.

To be seen : Manta Rays Groupers, Napoleon Wrasse, Unicorn fish, Anemone fish, Shrimps, Crabs, Turtles, Barracudas, Giant Trevally, Tuna, Mackerel, Batfish, , Emperor Angelfish, Red-Toothed Triggerfish, schools of Snapper, White-tip Reef Sharks. Blue Spotted Rays, Magnificent anemone, huge barrel sponge, Sea snake.

 

Johnny’s Gorge

Qualification Level : Advanced Adventurer, Deep Speciality.

Depth : 25-30m

Distance : 1hr 20 min

This site is a small rocky outcrop in the open sea, with a profusion of large pelagic fish species. The bed of rocky outcrop is surrounded by sand in every direction and these rocks have become an oasis of security and food for both the larger and smaller marine species. This is a world class dive site and dolphins are often spotted on the surface. This is the only dive site where shark sightings are guaranteed. Most of the people like to have two dives on this dive site.

To be seen : White-tip Reef Sharks, Black Tips, Mackerels, Trevally, Tuna, Eagle Rays, Napoleon Wrasse, Giant Groupers, Manta Rays, Surgeonfish, Snapper, Barracudas, Unicorn fish, Moray Eels, Turtles, Banner fish, Brain corals, Sea cucumber, Sea stars ,whip coral, Elephant ear coral.

 

Jacksons’ Bar

Qualification Level : Advanced Adventurer, Deep Speciality.

Depth : 20-35m

Distance : 1 hr 20 min

This site is a favourite for experienced divers, as it offers a lot of variety in terms of the marine life. A strong current flows perpendicular to this site and should be taken into consideration when planning to dive there. With the current, there are sometimes thermoclines. Pelagic species are never in short supply here and makes for an exciting experience.

To be seen : White-Tip Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Barracudas, Groupers, Tuna, Blue Spotted Rays, Wrasse, Manta Rays, Giant Moray Eels, Marble Rays, Lobsters, fusiliers.

 

Wall

Qualification Level : Open Water, Advanced, Deep Speciality, Tec Diver.

Depth : 10-55m

Distance : 30 min

So we do not really need to guess the type of dive site this is, the wall drops off from a plateau which is only 10 metres deep. This dive site is suitable for Open Water divers through to Tec Divers. The aquatic life here is abundant, small Nudibranchs to large Napoleon Wrasse. There can be some moderate to strong currents as well. The dive site is challenging for beginners and interesting for experienced divers. It is also suitable for night dives.

To be seen : Manta Rays, Napoleon Wrasse, Trevally, Snapper, Octopuses, Scorpion fish, Nudibranchs, Puffer Fish, Lionfish, Anglerfish. Variety of Naudibranch, Fusiliers , gorgonian coral, sea fan.

 

Minerva Ledge

Qualification Level : Open Water

Depth : 10-18m

Distance : 1hr

This site is situated on a large plateau of rock and colourful coral and requires more than one dive to visit the 3 different locations that can be found here. Gentle to strong currents are present. This expansive shallow ledge can be found on the north-east side of Havelock and is covered in flat coral gardens. Giant Moray eel and giant grouper are occasionally spotted here. This site is located around 10 nautical miles away from Havelock. This is frequented by pelagic denizens like Tuna, Barracuda and Sting rays. Two dives can be done to cover most of this site.

To be seen : Yellow and Red Snapper, Unicorn fish, Giant Groupers, Banded Sea snakes, Fusiliers, Tuna, Barracudas, Surgeonfish, Moray Eels, Stingrays.

 

Broken Ledge

Qualification Level : Open water, Advance Adventurer.

Depth : 16-25m

Distance : 1hr 30 min

This dive site offers very good population of resident reef fish and turtles, as well as frequent pelagic visitors. The fish life here is abundant and big visitors such as white tip reef sharks, manta or marbled rays, dog toothed and yellow fin tunas are spotted often there.

To be seen : Lionfish, Napoleon wrasses, marbled groupers, shoal of snappers thousands of schooling long fin banner fish. Bigger visitors such as white tip reef sharks, manta or marbled rays, dog toothed and yellow fin tunas are spotted often there.

 

Inked Wreck aka Vinnie’s Wreck

Qualification Level : Open Water, Wreck Speciality.

Depth : 6-18m

Distance : 1hr 50 min

This site is the 30-year old wreck of an inter-island cargo ship, and was discovered by Vinnie, a local instructor. Vis here tends to be a little on the low side (5-10m), but that is what wreck diving is all about. The wreck itself is very interesting, with the full propeller lying intact and all the components still in place. Unfortunately penetration is not possible. The wreck is situated at the mouth of the inlet near Duncan Island.

To be seen : Hatches and cargo hold of the wreck clearly visible, enormous propeller, parts of the boilers and engine room are intact, Anemone, Coral, Sea Fans, solitary Giant Grouper, Barracudas, Scorpion fish, Cleaner Shrimp, Lionfish.

 

Mystery Mountains

Qualification Level : Open Water

Depth : 6-20 m

Distance : 1hr 45 min

An outcrop of rocks that break the surface of the water just off the shore of Baratang. Coral outcrops give way to large rock formations that rise from 18m up to the surface. Moray eels, angelfish couples, scorpion fish and fusiliers are regular fare on this site. Some moderate to strong currents can be experienced. The visibility is not that good most of time.

To be seen : Angel fish, moray eels, fusiliers, snappers, naudibranch, Giant groupers, scorpion fish.

 

Jacob Table

Qualification Level : Open Water

Depth : 14-18m

Distance : 1 hr 20 min

This site is named after the massive Table Coral that overlay one other and cover most of the site. This makes for some of the best diving in the area. Huge Gorgonian Sea fans are one of the attractions here, as well as the variety of pelagic species.

To be seen : Blue and Gold Fusiliers, schools of Glassfish, Yellow Snapper, Giant Groupers, Surgeonfish, various type of Triggerfish, Moray Eels, Black Unicorn fish, White-Tip Sharks, Dugongs, Turtles.

 

South Button

Qualification Level : Snorkelling, Open Water, Advanced Adventurer.

Depth : 6-25m

Distance : 1hr 50 min

This site is a small island that is basically an overgrown pinnacle sticking out of the rocks. It has vertical columns of rocks, covered with coral, a couple of interesting overhangs and strange-shaped rock formations. The western side of the island drops along a small wall and goes down to 25m. The eastern side boasts a beautiful expanse of coral garden in less than 12m of water. The water is unbelievably clear and it is one of the top sites in the area.

To be seen : Shrimps, Crabs, Cuttlefish, Octopuses, Schooling Snapper, Surgeonfish, Barracudas, Big-eye Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, Manta Rays, Leopard Sharks, Moray Eels, Lionfish, Nudibranchs.

 

Pilot Reef

Qualification Level : Open Water

Depth : 6-18m

Distance : 10 min

This site has an amazing variety of coral, which is spread over quite a large area. Virtually every type of coral can be seen there. The site consists of Cluster Coral outcrops located just off the entrance to the shipping channel Northeast of Havelock and therefore the fish life is more scattered.

To be seen : Leopard Sharks, Giant Groupers, Fusiliers, schools of Jack (Trevally), Coral Groupers, Wrasses, Puffer fish, Manta Rays, Butterfly fish, Angelfish, Banner fish, Surgeonfish, Turtles, Scorpion fish, Sea Snakes, Bump heads.

 

Light house

Qualification Level : Snorkelling, Try Scuba, Open Water.

Depth : 6-20m

Distance : 20 min

This reef unfortunately suffered during the Tsunami and is now almost completely bleached. However it is an easy reef for beginners to negotiate, as it is quite sheltered. The reef has formed on a gentle slope ranging from 1m to 25m. In the shallow water, the more vivid sea and fish life are experienced. It is also suitable for doing night dives.

To be seen : Yellow Trumpet fish, Angelfish, Banner fish, Fusiliers, Turtles, Lobsters, Lionfish, Octopuses, Humpback Parrotfish, porcupine fish, naudibranch, blue spotted sting rays.

 

Fish Reef

Qualification Level : Try Scuba, Perfect Buoyancy and Open Water

Depth : 5-17m

Distance : 4 km

This site is used mainly for training divers undertaking the Perfect Buoyancy Speciality Course. Here they test their skills in various underwater tasks set by their instructor. These tasks are great preparation for diving in general. It is a real ‘must do’ for all who are considering Wreck Diving. It highlights your weaknesses in a suitable environment for your skill level, rather than striking a wreck when your buoyancy control lets you down in a confined environment. Additionally it is used by our students undertaking their Open Water course. It is a perfect underwater arena of sand surrounded by corals and various species of fish. This allows the student to practise in safety rather than damaging themselves or the aquatic environment by performing skills near rocks or corals.

To be seen : Juvenile Banner fish, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Clownfish, Parrotfish, Sting ray and various Coral.

 

Aquarium

Qualification Level : Open Water

Depth : 12-15m

Distance : 1hr 20 min

This site is named after the aquarium like variety and amount of underwater life that is often experienced there. It is a good training dive site and is suitable for recently qualified or rusty divers. The easy diving conditions add to its appeal and makes people go back for more. It is located on the South eastern side of the island. Dolphins often play with the boats on the ride to the dive site.

To be seen : Dugongs, Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Groupers, Stonefish, Nudibranchs, Moray Eels, Scorpion fish, Blue Spotted Rays.

 

Nursery

Qualification Level : Snorkelling, Try Scuba, Open Water.

Depth : 4-14m

Distance : 35 min

This site is a shallow ledge of reef and rocky outcrop extending from the southern cliff-face of Nicholson Island. It has a lot of hard coral and is therefore ideal for beginners, as well as snorkelling. This is an easy dive for those who are still busy finding their underwater feet.

To be seen : Feather Stars, Anemones, star fish, fusiliers, parrot fish, long spine sea urchins.

 

Neil’s Cove Reef

Qualification Level : Open Water

Depth : 12-18m

Distance : 1hr 40min

Lying between Aquarium and Neil's Cove, this offshore reef gently tapers down to the sand and is an extension of another very similar dive site called the Aquarium. Therefore much of what is found at the Aquarium can also be experienced here, with minor variations.

To be seen : Snapper, Small Groupers, Moray Eels, Angelfish, Blue Spotted Rays, the occasional mating Cuttlefish couple, Humpback Parrotfish.

 

Mv Mars

Qualification Level : Open Water, Wreck Speciality

Depth : 7-15m

Distance : 30 min

A fishing boat which failed to resist adverse conditions therefore Neptune claimed it for himself. This is an easy dive for Open Water students and is suitable for divers learning how to wreck dive as part of their Advanced or Speciality Wreck Course. It’s a short dive around the wreck and then to the nearby reef. Avoid touching and stirring up the sand.

To be seen : all the usual reef fish can be found in the area.

 

Junction

Qualification Level : Advance Adventurer, Deep speciality.

Depth : 25-35m

Distance : 1 hr 30 min

So we have no guess what this dive site has to offer. A very popular site amongst advance divers. Sharks, schools of barracuda, a turtle or two, groupers, large schools of fusiliers, trevally, and groupers are all spotted on a good day. Some moderate to strong currents can be experienced. This site is suitable for only advance divers. We carry most of our deep speciality course here.

To be seen : Fusiliers, trevally, groupers, barracuda, giant moray eels, turtles, naudibranch.