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Michel's Playground Reef

A shallow snorkeling site with countless cracks, overhangs and caves. Many organisms can be found hiding within these reef recesses, such as nurse sharks, grouper and angelfish. Note the line of breaking waves in the distance, which marks the reef crest, but don't get too close!

Points of Special Interest

1. Coral table - This impressive reef table is completely undercut and supported by only a few pillars of rock. Many coral reef organisms can be found resting in the shade beneath, such as snapper, grouper and lobsters

2. Elkhorn coral colonies - This site is the perfect location to observe the impressive elkhorn coral, which has become rare throughout the Caribbean as a result of pollution, global warming, disease and storm damage. This coral provides an excellent habitat for many other organisms

3. Yellowtail damselfish zone - The yellowtail damselfish is common at this site, and can often be found among the branches of elkhorn corals. Juvenile yellowtail damselfish, speckled with neon blue spots, are particularly eyecatching

4. Angelfish zone - Look for gray, queen and french angelfish as well as their cousin, the rock beauty. Angelfishes are one of the few reef inhabitants that dine regularly on sponges, helping reduce their competition with corals

5. Nurse shark shelter - These passive sharks are often found resting in caves and beneath overhangs on this snorkel site during the day. At night they search the reef for food - particularly conch and lobster

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

Species to Discover

Blue Tang, Atlantic Trumpetfish, Elkhorn Coral, Redlip Blenny, Banded Butterflyfish, Nurse Shark, Venus Seafan, Fire Coral, Sergeant Major, Blue Chromis, Queen Angelfish, Yellowtail Damselfish, French Angelfish, Queen Parrotfish

Michel's Playground Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 1-7 m (4-21 ft)
Michel's Playground Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image