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Coral Stairway Reef

A beautiful reef that begins to the north with a series of deep, steeply sloping channels followed by a gently sloping area covered in plateform corals. The reef top is fairly rugose and offers plenty of hiding places for rare fish species such as hamlets and soapfish.

Points of Special Interest

1. Spiny lobster cave - Caribbean spiny lobsters are most active at night. Check beneath the numerous plateform corals on this site to discover their shared daytime shelters

2. Plateform corals - Plateform corals are common in deeper water where their shape helps them capture more sunlight. Look underneath to find nocturnal creatures hiding in their shade

3. Indigo hamlet zone - Indigo hamlets are one of the rarest and most beautiful types of hamlet. In all,  ve types of hamlet are known to live on this site, including shy, butter, black and barred hamlets

4. Nassau grouper zone - Nassau grouper are one of the largest groupers on Caribbean coral reefs. They are usually solitary, but gather in their thousands when they are ready to spawn

5. Threespot damselfish defending coral - These aggressive little damsel sh often live in or near branching corals, such as finger and staghorn corals. Watch as they defend algae patches against other reef inhabitants

6. Yellowhead jawfish burrows - Yellowhead jawfish live in burrows in the sand. The male incubates eggs in his mouth for only about a week during the summer breeding season, so you’re lucky if you spot that behaviour

7. Greater soapfish zone - The greater soapfish is a rare and shy species that is mostly active at night. Soapfish get their name from their ability to produce a toxic body mucus that is as slippery as soapsuds

Species to Discover

Staghorn Coral, Foureye Butterflyfish, Boulder Star Coral, Spanish Hogfish, Yellowline Arrow Crab, Flamingo Tongue, Yellowhead Jawfish, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Gray Angelfish, Finger Coral, Threespot Damselfish, Nassau Grouper, Indigo Hamlet, Greater Soapfish

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