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AMAZON

Difficulty:  "HOT"
Distance:  21km
Travel Time:  40mins
Depth:  20-30m
Max Depth:  30m
Bottom Time:  28mins
Feature:  Manta cleaning station


It’s wild, it’s un-spoilt, and with its colour and marine life it will blow the mind of even the most experienced diver. Amazon was named for these three reasons.

The reef is situated 21 km north of the dive centre and directly off the lighthouse point at “Barra”. 

Amazon is shaped like an L and forms two spectacular ledges. You begin your dive dropping onto the south eastern ledge which will leave you lost for words. The overhangs and gaping caves at the bottom of this ledge make for some awesome white tip shark encounters. Ascend to the top of the reef where you will be met with a carpet of red fang trigger fish and clouds of banner fish. The brightly coloured soft and hard corals make the perfect home for the skittering mantis shrimps and porcelain crabs that inhabit this reef. As you move onto the north-western ledge, keep your eyes open as encounters of Manta rays, eagle rays, leopard sharks, bow mouth guitar fish and white tip reef sharks are not uncommon.

Because the reef lies at a right angle to Tofo's predominant north – south current, this reef at best can be difficult and only recommended for divers with previous experience with current. This site, because of distance, is usually done in conjunction with another site, making for a perfect “double tank”. Sea conditions need to be flat and the site unfortunately cannot be dived with current. 

This site is Peri-Peri rated “HOT” and therefore only recommended for experienced divers.

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AMPHITHEATRE

Difficulty: "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 8 km
Travel time: 15 mins
Depth: 12-18mtr
Max: 18 mtrs
Bottom time: 45 mins
Feature: Caves

All the shallow sites here in Tofo offer excellent “macro” opportunities. This reef is no different, situated 8 km south of the launch site and perfectly in line with the feeding path of Tofo’s gentle giants, the whale shark. This site is a must for all experience levels.

You begin your dive with a backwards roll negatively or positively buoyant descending into the aptly named “amphitheatre”. Its shape is that similar to a horseshoe with pinnacles rising to 12 meters on the inside ledges. Relax a moment, adjust your buoyancy, and inhale the presence of the surrounding overhangs, pinnacles and caves.

Take your time as this reef is only 60 meters wide. Be sure to look in all the caves as whiptail rays, hawksbill and green turtles can be spotted. The pinnacles surrounding you offer sightings of mantis shrimp, harlequin shrimp, leaf fish and many differing species of morays. Also, at certain areas around the base of the wall, are gardens of sea grass, where ghost pipe fish and razor wrasse can be seen mimicking the ebb and flow of its surroundings.

This reef is a must for photographers and newly certified divers as it offers lots of bottom time giving the photographer plenty of chance to catch that perfect shot, be careful though, as there can be quite some surge.

Amphitheatre is 1 of 5 dive sites that offer the rare opportunity to see whale sharks on scuba, so keep your eyes open. This site is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” and is a perfect qualifying dive for the open water certificate.

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ANCHOR BAY

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB" 
Distance: 8 km
Travel time: 20 mins 
Depth: 10-14mtr
Max: 14 mtrs 
Bottom time: 50-60 mins
 

This reef is named after the very old sailing ship’s anchor which can be seen there.

Situated 8 km south of the dive centre and in the heart of the picturesque “Barra Bay”.

Anchor Bay is a beautiful alternative to Clownfish Reef, and perfect for open water dives 1 & 2.

This is a large flat circular reef made up of rock and large plate corals encompassed with beautiful soft corals and sponges. A wide variety of reef fish can be encountered, as well as crocodile fish, lionfish, leaf fish, shrimps of all types, and the possibility of schooling pick handle barracuda.

To and from the dive site it is not uncommon to snorkel with manta rays often seen frolicking at the surface, or even a passing whale shark.

With no current and surge, Anchor Bay is the perfect alternative for Discover Scuba diving students, who would like to experience a different dive site other than Clownfish Reef. This dive site is a Peri-Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” as it is ideal for first time divers and dives 1 & 2 of the open water certificate.

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BUDDIES REEF

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 8 km
Travel time: 20 mins 
Depth: 12-14mtr
Max: 14 mtrs 
Bottom time: 50-60 mins
 

8 km south of the dive centre and in the heart of the picturesque “Barra Bay“.

Buddies Reef is again a beautiful alternative to Clownfish Reef, Anchor Bay and is perfect for open water dives 1 & 2.

This reef is an oval rocky site, cut by channels and gullies. Pairs of clownfish and other species of anemone fish are found sheltering together as a family in the brightly coloured anemones dotted all over this beautiful plateau. Pepper and honeycomb morays are seen lurking under ledges, with lobsters and crayfish hiding in the gullies.

Coachman, Moorish idols and differing types of angel fish move in clouds above the reef.

With no current and surge, Buddies Reef is the perfect alternative for Discover Scuba diving students who would like to experience different dive sites, other than Clownfish Reef and Anchor Bay. This dive site is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” as it is ideal for first time divers and dives 1 & 2 of the open water certificate.

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CHIMNEY REEF

Difficulty: "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 6 km
Travel time: 10 mins 
Depth: 10-18mtr
Max: 18 mtrs 
Bottom time: 45 mins
 

Chimney Reef gets its name from the almost factory looking chimney at the southern end of this crater. 

Only space for two divers at a time, this chimney is covered with brightly coloured nudibranchs and moray eels, and nestled somewhere in one of the many crevices, harlequin shrimp can be found, but you will need a good spotting eye. 

Pairs of clownfish and other species of anemone fish are found sheltering together as a family in the brightly coloured anemones dotted all over this beautiful plateau. Pepper and honeycomb morays are seen lurking under ledges and lobsters and crayfish hide in the gullies.

Coachman, Moorish idols and differing types of angel fish move in clouds above the reef.  At certain areas around the base of the wall there are gardens of sea grass, where ghost pipe fish and razor wrasse can be seen mimicking the ebb and flow of its surroundings.

Chimney Reef is 1 of 5 dive sites that offer the rare opportunity to see whale sharks on scuba, so keep your eyes open. This site is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” and is a perfect qualifying dive for the open water certificate, or for divers looking to refresh their skills.

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CLOWNFISH REEF

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 1 km
Travel time: 3 mins 
Depth: 5-9mtr
Max: 9 mtrs
Bottom time: 60 mins 
Feature:  Manta cleaning station
 

Clownfish Reef sits 1 km directly east of the dive centre in the heart of “Tofo Bay”.

With protection from the southern point, this site offers something for all ages, whether you are first time divers at the start of your underwater journey, or the seasoned professional. This sheltered site gives families and friends the chance to dive together and experience the tropical colours and small reef fish that Tofo has to offer.

The site is perfect for first time divers, divers completing their Discover Scuba diving or students partaking in the open water course dives 1 & 2. It’s at times calm and clear water gives new divers the experience that will keep them coming back for more.

This fun reef is surrounded in blankets of fairy basslets, baby scorpion fish, baby leaf fish, baby morays and many more.

Its pairs of clownfish and other species of anemone fish are found sheltering together as a family in the brightly coloured anemones dotted all over this beautiful plateau.

Clownfish Reef is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” and is aimed at families of all ages looking for an experience together. Also used for students partaking in the Discover Scuba diving and dives 1 & 2 of the open water certificate.

Giants

GIANT'S CASTLE

Difficulty: "HOT"
Distance: 3 km
Travel time: 5 mins 
Depth: 30-32mtr
Max: 32 mtrs 
Bottom time: 24 mins
Feature:  Manta cleaning station
 

Giant’s Castle was perfectly named as everything about this reef is big, from the giant manta rays that clean on the three impressive and abundantly colourful stations dotted perfectly along the outside edge of the wall, to the huge potato groupers and sometimes brindle bass that so curiously come to divers for an inquisitive look. Giant’s Castle is one of the favourite dive sites amongst locals as it truly offers the experienced diver a chance to see the big stuff. Encounters of marlin, sailfish, giant barracuda, huge shoaling kingfish, many differing species of rays, including the “small eye stingray” (the largest and rarest stingray in the world), to name but a few, are all common occurrences on this outstanding reef.

For the “macro” divers amongst us, there are amazing opportunities to capture leaf fish, frog fish, impressive sea moths, banded pipefish and a wide variety of shrimps. The list is truly endless.

You begin your dive with a backwards roll, “negative entry” descending to 30 meters. Once at the bottom, you are ready to begin your drift dive along the wall of this magnificent reef.

Watch your computer and depth though, as your mind will get lost in the colour and diversity of life that this reef has to offer. Bottom time can creep up easily, so be aware. Don’t miss out on your ascent, keep your eyes peeled as devil rays, kingfish, manta rays and marlin can all be seen making this reef a favourite amongst locals

Giant’s Castle is ideally situated 3km directly east of the dive centre and is perfect for the experienced diver wanting a quick manta fix before relaxing on one of Tofo’s pristine beaches. This is a Peri-Peri rated “HOT” dive site and is only offered to experienced divers or part of the qualifying dive of the advanced open water certificate.

Hospital

HOSPITAL

Difficulty: "HOT"
Distance: 19 km
Travel time: 35 mins 
Depth: 25-30mtr
Max: 30 mtrs 
Bottom time: 24 mins 
Feature:  Manta cleaning station
 

The Hospital gets its name from the abundance of surgeon fish found in the area, right from the moment you arrive on the reef floor you find yourself surrounded by these amazing fish.

This site is full of life, colour and makes you feel like you are floating through a work of art. The reef is made up of several walls where you’re bound to find many morays, scorpion fish, lionfish and nudibranchs. Big groupers roam the water and are always posing for a quick snap.

Along the walls there are several cleaning stations where lots of small cleaning fish are waiting to devour the scrumptious parasites of the manta’s and small eyed sting rays.

This site is a Peri-Peri rated “HOT” and is a favourite among photographers.

Krakatoa

KRAKATOA

Difficulty: "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 10 km
Travel time: 20 mins 
Depth: 10-16mtr
Max: 16 mtrs 
Bottom time: 45 mins
 

This inshore reef resembles a sunken volcano crater, or caldera. The “crater” is on average 2-4 meters lower than the surrounding rock creating a wall around the site. Dotted all around the inside ledges are pinnacles that support tropical coral life, typical of Tofo’s inshore reefs. The coral surfaces are covered in brightly covered soft and hard corals that play home to an abundance of “macro” sea life.

The centre of the crater is dominated by a number of rocky outcrops amidst the sand, offering slow winding dives with a couple of swim-throughs.

If this isn’t enough, and bottom time permitting, adjacent to the large crater is a smaller indent where stonefish and harlequin shrimps can be seen.

This reef is a must for photographers and newly certified divers as it offers lots of bottom time giving the photographer plenty of chance to catch that perfect shot.  Be careful though, as there can be quite some surge.

Krakatoa is 1 of 5 dive sites that offer the rare opportunity to see whale sharks on scuba, so keep your eyes open. This site is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” and is a perfect qualifying dive for the open water certificate.

Lions Den

LION'S DEN

Difficulty: "MILD"
Distance: 3.5 km
Travel time: 8 mins 
Depth: 25-28mtr
Max: 28 mtrs 
Bottom time: 20 mins 
Feature:  Manta cleaning station
 

Lion’s Den is Peri-Peri divers newest dive site and sits 3.5km directly offshore and in between dive sites, Giants Castle and Sherwood Forest. This dive site is ideal for experienced divers on big diving packages wanting something a little different than the norm. It’s not a reef that we incorporate on a daily scheduling basis but, if requested, can be seen.

Again, as with all four of the reefs east off shore, it is totally current dependent.

The reef is cut into the rocky plateau with a series of small pinnacles on the inside ledges. Groups of lionfish prowl the area looking for an easy feed, manta rays can also be seen at the small cleaning station west of the drop. As with all dive sites here, keep your eyes peeled, you never know what may surprise you!

This dive site is a Peri-Peri rated “MILD” and again is recommended for experienced divers wanting a sample of something different. Good visibility, current and conditions dependent.

Manta Reef

MANTA REEF

Difficulty: "MILD"
Distance: 22 km
Travel time: 40 mins 
Depth: 24-28mtr
Max: 28 mtrs 
Bottom time: 32 mins 
Features: Manta cleaning station & Caves
 

Rated one of the “top 10” dive sites in the world, Manta Reef offers manta encounters un-matched, by any other worldwide. 

Since the 1960’s, this magnificent reef has developed into the signature reef of the area, attracting more and more eager diving enthusiasts every year. This reef specifically was the highlight of the recent documentary filmed by the “BBC” entitled “Queen of Mantas”.

Your dive begins with a backwards roll, negative entry, slowly descending into a 24 meter aquarium. Surrounding you is an abundance of life and pinnacles that rise to 15 meters. For “macro” enthusiasts, look out for painted frog fish, differing species of shrimps and nudibranchs, but be careful, as above you may miss a passing whale shark, giant barracuda or, of course, our graceful manta rays.

As your dive progresses, you encounter small caves eaten away at the bottom of the reef where sightings of loggerhead turtles, giant morays, different species of smaller rays and ribbon eels can be seen.

Moving calmly and slowly onto a plateau area, you reach your first “cleaning station”.  It’s important to stay behind your guide and low, not to interfere with the Mantas daily cleaning ritual. Here we see balls of brightly coloured cleaner wrasse and goldie’s eagerly awaiting their arrival. In good visibility this dive is spectacular with upwards of 6 manta rays circling above at any one time.

At the end of the dive your ascent is often accompanied by circling devil rays and inquisitive remoras, enchanted as much with you as you are with them. This site is a Peri-Peri rated “MILD” and is the first deep reef of the advanced course.

Marble Arch

MARBLE ARCH

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 8 km
Travel time: 15 mins 
Depth: 12-15mtr
Max: 15 mtrs 
Bottom time: 45 mins
 

Marble Arch sits approximately 500 meters east of amphitheatre and offers, as with all shallow sites, great photo opportunities for the “macro” hunter.

Your dive begins after the descent to 15 meters into the largest of the two craters. Here you have plenty of time to go exploring the many cracks, gullies and smaller pinnacles as the site, because of its size, gives divers a little more freedom. Don’t lose sight of your guide though, and be sure to have a look for the skittering mantis shrimp, Durban dancing shrimp and boxer shrimps that cover this reef.

This site teems with differing species of tropical reef fish that swim just above the reef plate looking for anything to clean. It may be difficult, but try not to concentrate solely on the abundance of life in front of you, and LOOK UP as, on many occasions, a manta ray or whale shark has been spotted as they move from reef to reef.

Mikes cupboard

MIKE'S CUPBOARD

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 2 km
Travel time: 10 mins 
Depth: 18mtr
Max: 18 mtrs
Bottom time: 45 mins

 

Mike’s Cupboard is a fantastic shallow site that offers a wide variety of macro life and great for those who like to test their spotting ability.

Mike’s Cupboard is made up of three main pot holes. The first two are known as the lungs, due to their unique shape and the vast amount of soft coral found inside, the third pot hole is the largest of the three and hosts a variety of life.

Trumpet fish, scorpion fish, leaf fish, lionfish, peacock mantis shrimps, white tip reef sharks, and occasionally Manta’s, make up just a fraction of what can be found on this beautiful reef. This is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” dive site and is the fourth dive of the open water dive course.

Outback

OUTBACK

DIFFICULTY:  "HOT"
Distance: 17 km
Travel time: 35 mins 
Depth: 23-30mtr
Max: 30 mtrs 
Feature:  Manta cleaning station
 

You begin your dive descending down to 27 meters, where immediately you are surrounded by yellow snappers and possibly manta’s cleaning at the first cleaning station we find on the reef. From this point, you slowly drift towards the main wall of Outback which starts fairly small and gradually becomes larger and fuller of life. This first section is known as the aquarium, and one can always find some big morays, tiny nudibranchs or manta’s in the second cleaning station.

From the aquarium you make your way through a small swim-through, where there is usually a resident potato bass waiting to greet you.  Once through, the wall drops down to 30 meters, so watch your depth here, and look out for frog fish which are prowling the area. From here, you’ll move along the wall trying to see what you can find, and at all times looking out for the infamous manta’s which are always flying around the area.  You eventually come across a small ledge where a resident green turtle is sleeping and waiting for a quick photo, and just past this you find the third manta cleaning station where you can hang out and wait to see if you’re graced with the presence a manta. At this point you are in the southern pinnacles where you find another swim-through and will end the dive, hopefully with manta’s cleaning below you.

This is a Peri-Peri rated “HOT” site and a great dive for giant manta’s.

Praia do Rocha

PRAIA DO ROCHA

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 9 km
Travel time: 15 mins 
Depth: 10-14mtr
Max: 14 mtrs 
Bottom time: 45 mins

 

“Praia Do Rocha” in Portuguese means beach of rocks and so aptly named it is.

Situated 9 km south of the dive centre this beautiful rocky dive site is very close to the rocky point, so conditions need to be perfect. When the visibility is good and there is no swell this dive site matches any other for sheer beauty.

You start your dive with a positive or negative backwards roll entry from the boat and descend to 14 meters of sand. There, once the group has gathered, you will make your way to the site. One can only describe this reef as a maze through rocks, at which all roads lead. As there is no one route to take, remember to stay with your dive guide maintaining good buoyancy as the swell can be untimely.

Weave your way through the swim-throughs, gullies and high protruding boulders that Praia Do Rocha has to offer, and you are sure to enjoy every moment. Keep your eyes open for sea horses as this is the only reef in Tofo that they can be found, look hard though………. they are not easy to see!!

This reef is a must for photographers and newly certified divers as it offers lots of bottom time giving the photographer plenty of chance to catch that perfect shot, be careful though as there can be quite some surge.

Praia Do Rocha is 1 of 5 dive sites that offer the rare opportunity to see whale sharks on scuba, so keep your eyes open. This site is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” and is a perfect qualifying dive for the open water certificate.

Salon

SALON

Difficulty:  "LEMON & HERB"
Distance: 1.5 km
Travel time: 8 mins 
Depth: 12-16mtr
Max: 16 mtrs 
Bottom time: 45 mins


Salon is made up of one main rock which is about 3 meters long and is home to an abundance of life, macro enthusiasts will love this site. Salon offers a variety of nudibranch’s, leaf fish, pipe fish and shrimps.

You’ll find yourself looking under every nook and cranny trying to outdo your buddy on their latest find. Amongst all the scattering and scurrying, watch out for trumpet fish who prowl the reef using you as cover to find their next meal.

Salon is the perfect site to brush up on your skills due to the lack of current and a favourite amongst instructors for one of the open water dives.

This site is a Peri-Peri rated “LEMON & HERB” and is the third dive of the open water course.

Sherwood Forest

SHERWOOD FOREST

Difficulty:  "MILD / HOT"
Distance: 3.5 km
Travel time: 5 mins 
Depth: 26-33mtr
Max: 33 mtrs 
Bottom time: 20 mins
 

Lying south of Giants and 1 of 4 deep sites 3 km directly east of the dive centre, Sherwood Forest offers a dive full of colour and life unmatched by any other reef here in Tofo. When visibility reaches more than 25 meters be sure to grab your cameras as this reef, one of our deepest, offers great photographic opportunities.

The rock, that can only be described as a large unpalatable mushroom, creating caves and gullies cut away at its base offering swim-throughs, is the perfect shelter for turtles and leopard sharks. The dome of the mushroom is covered in vivid green coral trees, which attracts thousands of multi-coloured goldie’s and cleaning wrasse eagerly awaiting the odd manta ray or two. Many potato and brindle bass are resident and can be seen scuttling under the dome shaped ledges and overhangs, or socialising in the shoals of pelagic game fish.

Due to the limited bottom time, and dome like shape to the reef, it doesn’t offer much protection in strong current, so is only offered to experienced divers.

The advantage Sherwood has is that it sits very close to shore and, in good visibility, offers a photogenic reef unmatched. This site is a Peri-Peri rated “MILD/HOT” and is recommended for the experienced divers or a qualifying dive of the advanced open water certificate.

Table Top

TABLE TOP

Difficulty:  "HOT"
Distance: 4 km
Travel time: 10 mins 
Depth: 24-30mtr
Max: 30 mtrs 
Bottom time: 24 mins 
Feature:  Manta cleaning station
 

After a quick 10 minute ride, we arrive at Table Top which lies 1 km away from Sherwood and 2.5 km away from Giant’s Castle.  Table Top gets its name from the sandy plateau that sits between the Northern and Southern wall where many species of rays have a quick nap before making their way to one of the other beautiful reefs in the area. Along the walls you can find green coral tree’s which contain many cleaning wrasse, fairy basslets, goldie’s, angel fish and butterfly fish which make up a perfect cleaning station for the manta rays which are found flying around the area. Apart from the manta rays you can find different species of morays, shrimps, frogfish and large schools of pelagic fish scouting the reef.

Like Giants and Sherwood, Table Top has a Peri-Peri rated “HOT” difficulty due to the depth and occasional current.

The Cavern

THE CAVERN

Difficulty:  "HOT"
Distance: 17 km
Travel time: 40 mins 
Depth: 25-30mtr
Max: 30 mtrs 
Bottom time: 22 mins 
Feature:  Manta cleaning Caves
 

The Cavern is situated 17 km from the launch site and is a beautiful deep site.  Your average depth for the dive is 25 meters which will get you 22 minutes bottom time

The Cavern is a site which we like to link with a double tank for those diving Amazon and Office.  The topography and life on this reef is similar with exception to the giant cavern where you can often find brindal and potato bass.

There’s always a chance to spot manta’s on this site due to the manta cleaning station situated just above The Cavern.  Apart from the manta’s, there is always a chance of spotting sharks and large groups of pelagic fish prowling the waters.

During winter this is one of the better spots to see and hear whales on scuba.

This site is a Peri-Peri rated “HOT” and is a dive recommended for the more experienced divers.

The Office

THE OFFICE

Difficulty:  "MILD / HOT"
Distance: 17 km
Travel time: 30 mins 
Depth: 24-28mtr
Max: 28 mtrs 
Bottom time: 27 mins 
Features: Manta cleaning station & Caves
 

This site definitely changes the phrase “just another day at the office” to “what a day at the office“! Again, like Amazon, the reef is situated 17km offshore from the lighthouse at “Barra“ and is the perfect site in which to indulge a “double tank“, as the reefs lie 4 km apart. In season, the countless breaching of migrating whales make your surface interval, one never to be forgotten.

Your dive begins with a drop into the amphitheatre at 24 meters where you are welcomed by a potato grouper sheltering amongst the goldie’s in a rocky crevice. Just slightly northwest of your drop is the first cleaning station where manta rays are often seen peacefully cleaning.

As you make your way south, towards the foot of the hill, keep your eyes open for the pair of huge honeycomb morays often seen tendered to by cleaner shrimps. As you begin your slight ascent up the hill, you will start to see a series of shallower gullies, take time to look, as there may be sleeping white tips sheltering in the dark. The swim-through is a must for all photographers as thousands of glass fish surround you make for the perfect photograph, be careful though, as under each ledge, left and right, a loggerhead turtle or shark may be found.

The Office is truly an amazing reef, and like Amazon is very seldom seen as conditions need to be perfect. This creates a reef of spectacular colour and diversity. Used in conjunction with Amazon, these two reefs are the perfect match for a “double tank”. This site is Peri-Peri Rated “MILD / HOT” as the current can be a little unpredictable. Only recommended for divers with experience in current.