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Pinnacles Reef

A shallow Grace Bay site with many corals and a distinct interface between sand and reef that is riddled with channels, cracks and swimthroughs that shelter many organisms. The wall on this site slopes gently down to the bottom, where the reef once again meets open sand.

Points of Special Interest

1. Red lionfish - This Pacific Ocean species was accidentally introduced to the region over a decade ago and has since become widespread

2. Nurse shark shelter - During the day these passive sharks are often found resting in shelter of the sand channels at Pinnacles

3. Nassau grouper - One of the largest groupers on Caribbean coral reefs. They are usually found individually, but gather in their thousands when they are ready to spawn

4. Swimthrough - This swimthrough is located on the bottom of one of the many channels at Pinnacles. Because it can be a tight squeeze, it is recommended for only advanced divers

5. Mahogany snappers - The silvery mahogany snapper forms large schools during the day to provide protection from larger predatory species

6. Threespot damselfish defending coral - These aggressive little  sh are often found living around branching corals, such as finger and staghorn coral. Watch as they defend their algae patch

7. Redlip blennies - Their body shape and ability to grasp the reef with their pectoral fins make them ideally suited to shallow areas of high swell and current 

8. Long-spined urchins - Long-spined urchins were much more numerous before the mid 1980's when disease caused a mass mortality. Urchins help corals by controlling the growth of their competitor, algae

Species to Discover

Atlantic Trumpetfish, Redlip Blenny, Banded Butterflyfish, Long-Spined Urchin, Nurse Shark, Mahogany Snapper, Bluehead Wrasse, Pillar Coral, Yellow Goatfish, Finger Coral, French Angelfish, Threespot Damselfish, Nassau Grouper, Red Lionfish


Pinnacles Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 5-32 m (16-105 ft)
Pinnacles Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image