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Shangrilla (N) Reef

This wall reef bows inwards like a giant bowl. Divers follow the curve of the bowl, exploring the steep wall to the north, and return to the boat via the shallower reef top. The back-reef contains plenty of sponges and soft corals as well as fl amingo tongues and trumpet fish.

Points of Special Interest

1. Dome-shaped corals – Boulder star corals form domes in the shallows and plates in deeper water - adaptations that allow them to capture more light. Dome-shaped corals often host cleaning stations

2. Plateform corals – These corals spread out in deep areas to catch more sunlight. Look underneath the plates to find nocturnal species hiding in their shade

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

4. Soft coral zone – Soft corals are home to many cryptic reef species. Look among their fronds for trumpetfish, decorator crabs, flamingo tongues, and basket stars

5. Yellow tube sponges – Tube sponges suck - literally. They draw in water, filter out planktonic organisms for food and then expel the waste water through the tops of their tubes

6. Anemone zone – Anemones are common in the small cracks along the interface between the sand and reef. Look for cleaner shrimps and juvenile wrasses hiding among their stinging tentacles

Species to Discover

Atlantic Trumpetfish, Corkscrew Anemone, Southern Stingray, Boulder Star Coral, Cleaning Goby, Common Sea Fan, Sea Plume, Schoolmaster Snapper, Yellowline Arrow Crab, Flamingo Tongue, Yellow Tube Sponge, Finger Coral, Barred Hamlet, Stoplight Parrotfish

Shangrilla (N) Reef Points of Interestzoom image
  • Location San Salvador Island, Bahamas
  • Dive Site 13-40 m (40-130 ft)
Shangrilla (N) Reef, San Salvador, Bahamaszoom image