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Piranha Cove Reef

This Grace Bay reef features a small wall that is notched by a wide, wedge-shaped channel. Scattered across the reef top are many sand patches and channels offering the opportunity to observe a variety of creatures, from urchins to anemones, lobster and conch.

Points of Special Interest

1. Pillar coral colonies - These beautiful corals grow in tall columns that stretch towards the surface. Their polyps are large, making the colony appear furry

2. Banded coral shrimps - These red and white banded shrimp are the reef's most conspicuous. Some have lost claws or legs in fights with other shrimp or predators, but don't worry - lost limbs are regrown as a shrimp moults

3. Cleaning goby station - Cleaning gobies love to feed on parasites and fish come from all across the reef to make use of their services. Watch as queues form around particularly busy cleaning stations

4. 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

5. Staghorn coral thicket - This delicate branching coral, commonly found on sheltered and well-lit reefs like Piranha Cove. Its complex structure provides the perfect habitat for threespot damselfish

6. Spiny lobster cave - Caribbean spiny lobsters are most active at night. Several individuals may share a daytime shelter, such as those located in the slightly deeper areas of this site

7. 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

Species to Discover

Staghorn Coral, Giant Anemone, Foureye Butterflyfish, Reef Urchin, Creole Wrasse, Bluehead Wrasse, Pillar Coral, Yellow Goatfish, Blue Chromis, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Threespot Damselfish, Graysby, Christmas Tree Worm, Banded Coral Shrimp

Piranha Cove Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 10-25 m (30-80 ft)
Piranha Cove Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image