About Southern Reefs

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Half Acre

Avg. Depth: 17m | Max. Depth: 23m

This area has huge boulders and gullies that are connected to a flat piece of reef. The boulders look as if they were dropped from heaven. It is recommended that divers stay in a close group as the rock formations on this reef can cause the divers to lose sight of the dive master. Coral on the reef is made up predominantly of soft coral. Surfaces are covered with seaweed with lots of Nudibranchs in and between the crevices. Tropical fish roam around freely and be on the lookout for crayfish in small caves and overhangs. Natal catfish, Batfish, Trumpet fish and Idols are common sightings. Game fish are also always in the vicinity.

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Cowrie Reef

Avg. Depth: 19m | Max. Depth: 25m

Big boulders are scattered around at this dive spot with sand patches in between. A few ledges with overhangs and small holes in the reef are present where Triggerfish hide and sleep. This reef lives up to its name because there a quite a number of different species of cowrie shells on this reef sitting next to or on the big sea sponges. Coral life consists of soft coral such as Dead-man’s finger, various colours of Polyp coral swinging in the surge, Black coral trees and green fern coral with clouds of Goldies swimming around it. Also be on the lookout for Nudibranchs in various colours and sizes. Hard coral consists of Smooth horned coral and Leather coral. In the sand patches in between, flounders are found hiding underneath the sand.

Fern Reef

Avg. Depth: 18m | Max. Depth: 24m

At Fern Reef, rock wall formations for ledges and gullies with sand patches surrounding the rocky reef. This is still an unspoilt part of the shoal that isn’t dived a lot, thus the coral here is mostly unbroken and a wide variety of hard and soft coral can be seen. As far as marine life is concerned, expect to see schools of Kingfish passing by, curious Potato bass, Bonitis, Hammerhead sharks, fusiliers, juvenile Clownfish, Boxfish and Scorpionfish.

Butchers

Avg. Depth: 18m | Max. Depth: 25m

Boulders, rocks with big crevices and gullies are some of the characteristics of this reef north of Landers. The reef has a wall-like formation that is approximately 6m high. Tropical fish such as Trumpet fish, Geometric moray eels, Natal catfish, Speckled shrimpfish, Batfish and False stonefish are just some of the marine life one will encounter on this reef. A resident Loggerhead turtle that sleeps in one of the many caves and overhangs can usually be seen. This reef is also known as the “Juvenile Nursery”. Many species of hard and soft coral can be found on this reef.

Landers

Avg. Depth: 21m | Max. Depth: 31m

Landers consists of a big pinnacle, large boulders, crevices and huge gullies with small sand patches in between the reefs. This is one of the most scenic dives that you will find. Big caves and overhangs are common with the reef teeming with Nudibranchs and tropical reef fish. Game fish and dolphins are a common sight on this reef with Humpback whales being seen in the vicinity. Soft coral such as Dead-man’s finger, Thistle and Branched black coral are but some of the coral found on this reef. On this reef look out for the big green coral tree and rare eels while huge clouds of Goldies can be seen in the branches of the Black coral.

Outside Landers

Avg. Depth: 20m | Max. Depth: 28m

Outside Landers is a wall-like reef that runs from north to south. On the ledge you will find pinnacles which make a good enclosure for marine life and which stand out a couple of metres above the rest of the reef. The boulders create nice swim-through’s and gullies. As this is one of the deeper dives there tend to be thermoclines here and there, yet you may still encounter Bluefin kingfish, while tropical fish can also be seen. A school of Batfish has been spotted as well as fusiliers and Ragged-tooth sharks Nudibranchs and crayfish peeping out of the holes. Coral life, like most of the other reefs in this area, consists more of soft than hard coral, Lettuce coral, Sea urchin and much more can be seen on this reef.

Charred Reef

Avg. Depth: 23m | Max. Depth: 36m

At Charred Reef, rock formations form a wall, small ledges and gullies with sand patches surrounding the rocky reef. White kingfish roam this area and are keen in inspecting new visitors. Devil fire fish were seen floating in the gullies together with Redfang triggerfish. Moorish idols and snappers were just a few of the tropical fish seen on this reef. Different sizes and types of Nudibranchs are commonly found on the reef between the coral, of which Polyp coral, Dead-man’s finger coral, sea urchins and Whip coral in different colours can be seen.

Umzimai Wall

Avg. Depth: 23m | Max. Depth: 40m

Huge boulders, with big crevices, scattered rocks and gullies to swim through are features of Umzimai Wall. On the inshore side there is a wall almost 20m high with ledges and a cave on the northern side. There are big Black coral trees, amazing long curled Whip coral and big Sea urchins in almost every corner you look. Polyp coral, White and Pink thistle coral and Green Fern coral are amongst the highlights on this untouched reef. The fish in this area, obviously not used to having divers around, were very inquisitive. These included, amongst many others, big Moorish idols, snappers, Triggerfish, Model tobies, Boxyfish and Tiger angelfish.