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Sandcliff (S) Reef

The boat moors over a sandy area fi lled with patch reefs. The wall is only a short swim away where divers head south along the drop-off. Divers swim through a short, deep channel that leads to the back reef, which is littered with sand patches, crevices, small swim-throughs, and a pair of old anchors resembling sea mines.

Points of Special Interest

1. Queen conch zone – The queen conch is the largest snail in the world; its giant shell alone can weigh as much as a bowling ball. If you can’t see the conch follow the tracks in the sand

2. Goby cleaning station – Watch cleaning gobies remove parasites from client fish, who open their mouth and gills wide to get a thorough clean

3. Tunnel – Look inside this tunnel for the club-tipped anemone, a rare and distinctive variety, which uses its tentacles to draw food into its central mouth

4. Overhang – Schoolmaster snappers and Nassau grouper prefer to hunt as the light fades and often rest in recesses such as this during the day

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

6. Pillar coral – These beautiful corals grow in tall columns. Their large polyps are extended even during the day, when most corals keep their polyps hidden, making the coral appear furry

7. Midnight parrotfish zone – The midnight parrotfish is rare across the Caribbean, but large individuals can sometimes be seen in the southern part of this dive site

Species to Discover

Blue Tang, Atlantic Trumpetfish, Cleaning Goby, Bermuda Chub, Schoolmaster Snapper, Pillar Coral, Blue Chromis, Rock Beauty, Giant Barrel Sponge, Redband Parrotfish, Midnight Parrotfish, Christmas Tree Worms, Princess Parrotfish, Caribbean Sharpnose Puffer

Sandcliff (S) Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location San Salvador Island, Bahamas
  • Dive Site 10-40 m (35-130 ft)
Sandcliff (S) Reef, San Salvador Island, Bahamaszoom image