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Grouper Hole Reef

This relatively shallow reef consists of a gently sloping wall that leads up to a back reef zone littered with cracks and sand channels, where nurse sharks can often be found. The main feature of this site is an open sandy area with a large patch reef rising up out of its centre.

Points of Special Interest

1. Red great star coral - Beyond their regular brown colour, these corals can also be blue, green or red. This red colour is the hardest colour for fish to see, and may protect these corals from predation

2. Conch zone - The queen conch is the largest snail in the world and its shell can weigh as much as a bowling ball. Look for tracks in the sand and they may lead you to the animal itself

3. Patch reef - A large coral patch rises high up o of the sand. A cavity beneath the patch is home to many small fishes including cleaning gobies, which run a busy cleaning station here

4. Spotted drum zone - The spotted drum feeds at night on shrimp and small crabs. During the day it hides under coral ledges

5. Nurse shark shelter - During the day, these passive sharks are often found resting in sheltered sand channels at Grouper Hole

6. Staghorn coral and threespot damselfish - Staghorn coral is a favourite home for the territorial threespot damselfish

7. Giant anemones - The largest and arguably most beautiful Caribbean anemone. Small invertebrates, such as shrimps and crabs, often hide among its stinging tentacles for protection

8. Redlip blenny zone - Redlip blennies live in shallower reef areas. Their body shape and ability to grasp the reef with their pectoral fins make them ideally suited to areas of high swell and current

Species to Discover

Staghorn Coral, Atlantic Trumpetfish, Giant Anemone, Mantis Shrimp, Redlip Blenny, Redspotted Hawkfish, Long-Spined Urchin, Great Star Coral, Slender Filefish, Pederson Cleaning Shrimp, Threespot Damselfish, Spotted Drum, Nassau Grouper, Queen Conch

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