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Pyramid (S) Reef

After swimming through a small tunnel, divers head south where gorgonians and decorator crabs can be found along a series of coral hills. The back reef is an extensive patch-reef area featuring garden eels, stingrays, juvenile fi shes and trigger fish nests. Divers may also pass the old pyramid-shaped mooring that gives this site its name

Points of Special Interest

1. Tunnel – This dive begins by swimming through a semi-enclosed tunnel that leads to the reef wall

2. Decorator crabs – These tiny, cryptic crabs are very hard to spot. They ‘decorate’ their body with bits of algae, sponge, and stinging anemones to better blend in with their soft coral home

3. Garden eel colony – These little eels live inside burrows in the sand, and eat small planktonic organisms that drift by in the ocean currents

4. Sandtile fish burrows – Several of these slender fish can be found in the sandy areas of the back-reef. They rarely stray far from their shelter - a meticulously built burrow in the sand

5. Stingray zone – Southern stingrays feed in sandy areas. Look for hungry bar jacks accompanying the ray in order to pick off creatures disturbed by their friend

6. Triggerfish nests – Look for bowl-shaped depressions in the sand about 1 m/3 ft across - these are triggerfish nests. You may even see queen triggerfish defending nests still containing eggs

7. Red lionfish zone – This invasive species from the Pacific has become a little too successful in the Caribbean after its accidental introduction

8. Indigo hamlet zone – Indigo hamlets are a rare and solitary variety of hamlet. Unlike other hamlets, which feed on crustaceans, indigo hamlets eat mainly smaller fish

Species to Discover

Blue Tang, Queen Triggerfish, Foureye Butterflyfish, Brown Garden Eel, Southern Stingray, Flying Gumard, Blackbar Soldierfish, Schoolmaster Snapper, Sand Tilefish, Decorator Crab, Honeycomb Cowfish, Blue Chromis, Longfin Damselfish, Yellow Stingray

Pyramid (S) Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location San Salvador Island, Bahamas
  • Dive Site 12-50 m (35-150 ft)
Pyramid (S) Reef Map, San Salvador Island, Bahamaszoom image