Dive Sites

map of dive sites in the Exumas

Dive sites in the Exumas

Amberjack Reef

The Amberjack Reef is a patch reef where you are sure to see a number of different types of sharks including Caribbean Reef sharks and nurse sharks. There are also a number of large black groupers who join the dive waiting to be fed.

Angelfish Blue Hole

Located just off Elizabeth Harbour is considered the island’s top dive site. Rising and falling tides create an ever-moving current through the cavern, attracting a huge variety of fish.

Comberbach Wreck

This is the wreck of a 110 feet long freighter, that attracts schools of jacks above its massive structure. The maximum diving depth at this site is 100 feet. Located in waters off Long Island, this is one of a few man-made wrecks that can be found in the area.

Crab Cay Crevasse

Near Angelfish Blue Hole, is another great blue-hole dive. The opening is just 15 feet/4 meters below the surface and it drops to a sandy bottom.

Dog & Pup Reef

Situated in 35 feet of water, Dog and Pup reef lies just off Dog Cay and Puppy Cay. The site consists of ridges of shoals and sand banks. Large schools of French grunts and snapper are seen here, along with porcupine pufferfish, queen angelfish and large grouper. Invertebrates that are seen include the Caribbean spiny lobster, and occasional sea turtles.

Elizabeth Reef

Elizabeth reef lies adjacent to Elizabeth Island, the next cay along from Stocking Island. A site that is perfect for snorkelers, Elizabeth reef is at its shallowest at 15 feet and reaches a maximum depth of around 30 feet. It is a healthy fish nursery. The topography of the coral, and regular sightings of a school of Eagle Rays at this site makes it a favorite of our guests’.

Gazebo, Lobster & Turtle Reefs

These three beautiful reefs are situated close to each other along the Northeast side of Stocking Island. They are surrounded by white sand in depths of 18 feet and 35 feet. There are often nurse sharks and yellow stingrays to be found at these sites, and cowfish, filefish and trunkfish are just a few more of the fish species you can hope to see at these reefs.

Long Island Wall

The wall at Long Island is situated adjacent to the Comberbach Wreck. It starts at a depth of about 90 foot and drops off to over a mile deep. Sightings at the wall include turtles, reef sharks and eagle rays along with a plethora of reef fish.

Mystery Cave

Located at the entrance of the same bay Angelfish Blue Hole is found. This cave system runs under Stocking Island and explorers, including Jacques-Yves Cousteau, have proved that the system links to an inland blue hole. The maximum diving depth at this site is 80 feet. The entrance to Mystery Cave is also a good snorkeling spot where snapper, grunts, schoolmaster, sergeant major and a school of Atlantic spadefish can be seen.

Pagoda Reef

Not far from George Town. Elkhorn, leaf and sheet corals form a pagoda-like grotto filled with parrotfish, sergeant majors, snapper, angelfish and various crustaceans.

Shark Reef

Swim with grey reef sharks off Long Island and get a feel for these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Situated in 35 foot of water Shark Reef is ‘home’ to between 10 and 20 grey reef sharks, see sharks swimming around the reef exhibiting their natural behavior.

Sting Ray Reef

Located off Stocking Island, is famous for sightings of large stingrays, which are often found buried in the sand bottom. Mystery Cave is part of a huge underwater network that extends below Stocking Island, beginning at a depth of 15 feet/4 meters. Do not enter the cave without an expert guide and cave diving certification.

Thunderball Grotto

A breathtaking hollowed out island just a stones throw from Staniel Cay is a snorklers paradise. Teaming with tropical fish, rare sponges and corals. This setting was used for scenes from James Bond’s “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never Again” as well Disney’s “Splash”.

The Tug

A 65-foot long tugboat that was sunk in 2005 to create an artificial reef to provide more habitats for declining species. Sponges and corals have now encrusted the tug and it has become home to several Nassau grouper and Caribbean spiny lobster and a 5-6 foot long green moray eel. Schools of horse-eye jacks and bar jacks are regularly seen at the sight along with barracuda, colorful blue chromis, parrotfish, spotted drums, French grunts, and schoolmasters. Less common sightings include permit and mackerel.