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Amphitheatre Reef

A steep wall reef with a plateau  anking a large bowl-shaped undercut which resembles a concert amphitheatre. Divers swim along the wall to the north before returning along the sandy reef top. Along the way, seahorses and decorator crabs can be found among the wall’s plentiful gorgonians.

Points of Special Interest

1. Conch zone - The queen conch is the largest snail in the world. Look for tracks in the sand and they may lead you to the animal itself

2. Green moray den - The green moray is the Caribbean’s largest species of moray eel; they have poor vision and hunt mainly by using their sense of smell

3. Red great star coral - Great star coral can be brown, blue, green or red. Studies suggest that the rare red colour morph is the hardest colour for  sh to see and might reduce predation on these corals

4. Spiny lobster cave - Caribbean spiny lobsters may share a shelter such as the one located here at 20 m/65 ft

5. Longsnout seahorse zone - A pair of longsnout seahorses live on a deepwater seafan at approximately 27 m/90 ft. In seahorses, it is actually the male rather than the female which gives birth!

6. Decorator crab zone - These tiny, cryptic crabs ‘decorate’ their body with bits of algae, sponge, and stinging anemones for camouflage

7. Schooling horse-eye jacks - These  fish commonly gather in large spiralling schools above the reef

8. Yellowhead jawfish burrows - Yellowhead jawfish live in burrows in the sand. The male incubates his partner’s eggs in his mouth for only about a week during the summer breeding season, so count yourself lucky to spot this behaviour

Species to Discover

Black Coral, Horse-Eye Jack, Arrow Blenny, Fairy Basslet, Cubera Snapper, Green Moray, Sandtile Fish, Decorator Crab, Yellowhead Jawfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Longsnout Seahorse, Queen Conch, Caribbean Sharpnose Puffer

Amphitheatre Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 12-40 m (40-130 ft)
Amphitheatre Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image