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Aquarium Reef

A gently sloping reef with numerous rocky channels that stretch from the deeper part of the reef to the shallow plateau on top, where many cracks, holes and ledges house lobsters or nurse sharks. Finger corals are also very common here and attract many juvenile  shes, which seek shelter amidst their branches

Points of Special Interest

1. Staghorn coral & threespot damselfish - Staghorn coral is a favourite home for the threespot damselfish

2. Cleaning goby station - Brain corals are commonly home to cleaning gobies. Watch these tiny fish remove parasites from their clients

3. Cubera snapper zone - Cubera snappers are one of the largest Caribbean snappers. They form small schools - often no more than 5 individuals - and inhabit reef channels and caves. This species is very shy and will retreat when encountering divers

4. Schooling Atlantic spadefish - Atlantic spadefish form large schools high above the reef, sometimes counting as many as 500 fish 

5. Indigo hamlet zone - Indigo hamlets are one of the rarest and most beautiful types of hamlet. Look for them along the edge of the small reef wall at this site

6. Pillar coral zone - The polyps of this beautiful coral are large and remain extended even during the day, making the colony appear furry

7. Nurse shark cave - These passive sharks are often found at this site resting in the back reef, underneath coral ledges. Some resting spots are used so often that the reef actually becomes worn down and smooth

8. Spiny lobster zone - The shallower areas of this reef are highly rugose and provide many areas where Caribbean spiny lobsters shelter during the day

Species to Discover

Staghorn Coral, Atlantic Trumpetfish, Horse-Eye Jack, Atlantic Spadefish, Cleaning Goby, Nurse Shark, French Grunt, Bermuda Chub, Cubera Snapper, Pillar Coral, Flamingo Tongue, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Finger Coral, Threespot Damselfish

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