Another site to the east of French Cay, the top of the sheer wall starts in 40-50 feet. This is a great shallow dive due to the abundance of coral heads and fish species along the top of the wall. The wall is covered with sponges, especially antler, tube, and elephant ear sponges.
This site gets its name from the two large pinnacles rising from the ocean floor. The wall is a fairly gradual sloping wall with a carpet of coral heads, however, most of the diving is done around the two large pinnacles, as that is where most of the life is. You’ll find large trunkfish, dog and grey snappers, yellow-phased trumpet fish, jackknife fish, orange spotted filefish, spotted drum, and a resident scorpion fish. This site is also common for shark and eagle ray sightings as well. As you finish your dive you will be mesmerized by the large schooling horse-eyed jacks swimming around you.
This site gets its name because of the large amounts of gorgonian coral growing on the wall. The wall on this site is sheer to about 150 feet and then slopes off gradually. You’ll find elephant ear sponges and rope sponges on the wall and barrel sponges and vase sponges on top of the wall. This site is commonly frequented by sharks, eagle rays, and turtles.
Half Mile Reef
This reef is a half-mile long and lies to the east of French Cay. A popular section of the reef is located in a long bowl along the wall, which tends to eliminate the effects of currents encountered elsewhere along this reef. Large schools of barracuda and mahogany snappers are always present.
Rock N Roll
Another site that lies along the wall off the western tip of French Cay. The top of this dive starts at 60 feet before dropping off drastically. You’ll see staghorn coral, star coral, and barrel sponges amongst grunts, soldier fish, squirrel fish, chromis, and horse-eyed jacks. For those of you that like the little creatures keep your eyes peeled for yellow-lined arrow crabs.
West Sand Spit
About 27 miles southeast of Provo, West Sand Spit is an area of sand in the open ocean which has about 50 feet of sand exposed and dry at low tide. The wall here begins in 60 feet and drops to about 150 feet. The REEF Survey completed in 1996 identified more than 120 different types of fish at this site, including a Goliath Grouper. During the year, seasonal visitors to the Sand Spit include Sargassum Triggerfish, Ocean Triggers, and a variety of pelagics. Frequent currents combined with its remote location make this a healthy and vibrant reef.
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