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Dr. John (S) Reef

Divers descend through a complex area of reef boulders and swim-throughs. The reef wall itself supports many corals, and is littered with gullies and channels that stretch into the back-reef. Deep areas contain caves and tunnels, some with nurse sharks inside. Shallow areas feature rare corals, parrotfi shes, and sand patches.

Points of Special Interest

1. Reef boulder area – The complex structure of this area makes it a great home for coral reef organisms. The sand channels surrounding the boulders meet in a swimthrough leading to the reef wall

2. Giant touch-me-not sponge – This stinging sponge can grow up to 1 m/3 ft across and is often home to numerous brittle stars which cling to it for protection 

3. Plateform corals – These corals spread out in deep areas to catch more sunlight. Look underneath the coral plates to find nocturnal species hiding in their shade 

4. Pillar coral – These beautiful corals grow in tall columns. Their large polyps are always extended, making the colony appear furry even during the day, when most corals hide their polyps

5. Rare parrotfish area – Rare parrotfish species, such as the large blue parrotfish, midnight parrotfish and rainbow parrotfish can be found here

6. Stingray area – Southern stingrays feed in sandy areas. Watch for hungry bar jacks that accompany the ray in order to snap up creatures disturbed by their friend

Species to Discover

Foureye Butterflyfish, Southern Stingray, Fairy Basslet, Porkfish, Bluehead Wrasse, Spotted Eagle Ray, Pillar Coral, Touch-me-not Sponge, Threespot Damselfish, Giant Barrel Sponge, Tiger Grouper, Yellowfin Grouper, Midnight Parrotfish, Rainbow Parrotfish

Dr. John (S) Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location San Salvador Island, Bahamas
  • Dive Site 12-40 m (40-130 ft)
Dr. John (S) Reef Map, San Salvador, Bahamaszoom image