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Ramada Reef

A shallow reef featuring the kind of complex reef structure that lobsters love to hide in. A very large coral head at one end of this reef is home to a variety of organisms including urchins and blennies, while to one side of the reef, a large seagrass meadow can be seen which is often visited by a juvenile green turtle.

Points of Special Interest

1. 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

2. Giant amemone - Small invertebrates, such as shrimps and crabs, often hide among its stinging tentacles for protection 

3. Caribbean spiny lobster caves - The Caribbean spiny lobster lacks the large claws typical of northern lobsters 

4. Sand tilefish burrows - Sand tilefish rarely stray far from their shelter, a carefully constructed burrow in the sand

5. West Indian sea eggs - The sea egg is often found near Caribbean seagrass beds, where it feeds on algae. Sea eggs are considered a delicacy in the region and are seasonally harvested for food

6. Seagrass meadow - Seagrass meadows, such as this one made up of turtle grass, provide important nursery habitat for the young of many coral reef organisms 

7. Green turtle zone - Green sea turtles are omnivores when they are young, feeding on a range of species from algae to sponges to crabs. Adults, however, feed exclusively on seagrass, which is abundant at Ramada

8. Schooling grunts - French grunts and bluestriped grunts, among others, often school together for protection from larger predatory organisms

Species for Discover

Elkhorn Coral, Giant Anemone, Green Turtle, Long-Spined Urchin, West Indian Sea Egg, French Grunt, Bluestriped Grunt, Yellow Goatfish, Flamingo Tongue, Glasseye Snapper, Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Turtle Grass, Queen Conch, Queen Parrotfish

Ramada Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicos
  • Dive Site 1-5 m (4-16 ft)
Ramada Reef, Providenciales Island, Turks and Caicoszoom image