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Football Field Reef

The “football field” is a large sand patch just below the boat. From here, divers follow a small wall towards east where they will encounter an impressive terrain of criss-crossing sand channels divided by high reef spurs teeming with life. Finger and staghorn corals dominate on this site, and their branches provide shelter for many reef creatures.

Points of Special Interest

1. The football field - The site is a rectangular sand patch with organisms that prefer sandy areas, such as queen conch and stingrays

2. Finger coral zone - Finger corals provide plenty of nooks and crannies in which small reef organisms hide from predators

3. Threespot damselfish zone - Look on the staghorn coral for “damselfish chimneys”, pale, tube-shaped scar tissue left behind where damselfish have bitten the coral to kill it and allow the algae they eat to take over

4. Indigo hamlet zone - Indigo hamlets are one of the rarest and most beautiful types of hamlet. This reef also features butter, black, and barred hamlets as well as hybrids between these varieties

5. Schooling surgeonfishes - Ocean surgeonfish and blue tang schools swarm the territories of small damselfishes to eat the algae they cultivate

6. Green moray den - The green moray is the Caribbean’s largest species of moray eel. They have poor vision and hunt fish and crustaceans using mainly their sense of smell

7. Goby cleaning station - Watch as cleaning gobies remove parasites from their clients while other coral reef organisms in need of a clean wait in line, sometimes even fighting for priority!

8. Long-spined urchin zone - Very common on Caribbean reefs prior to their die out due to disease in the mid 1980’s. This site offers the rare chance to see large individuals

Species to Discover

Ocean Surgeonfish, Blue Tang, Staghorn Coral, Queen Triggerfish, Orangespotted Filefish, Green Moray, Flamingo Tongue, Blue Chromis, Rock Beauty, Yellowtail Damselfish, Finger Coral, Threespot Damselfish, Tiger Grouper

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