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#16 West End


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LOCATION:
Agincourt Reef 2 (Outer) - Site 16
DEPTH:
Maximum Depth 15 metres
DIVE TYPE:
Swim through caves
SKILL:
Novice - Intermediate
VISIBILITY:
08 - 25 metres, average 15m
LOOK FOR:
Maori Wrasse, swim through caves

West End is a pure wall dive around the southwestern corner and reef front of Agincourt reef 2d.

Beginning the dive in a shallow coral garden where divers may encounter large Maori Wrasse, giants that dwarf the average coral fish, divers then make their way along a steep wall that falls to 25m. Along the wall a number of swim through caves can be found.

Exposed to the seasonal southeasterly trade winds the coral community of the wall is tough and gnarled. Steady currents provide excellent visibility and a perfect home for schooling plankton feeding fish such as Anthias, Fusiliers and Damselfish. These in turn attract the predatory Oceanic Coral Trout and Red Bass. Both White-tip Reef Sharks and Grey reef Sharks can be encountered here.

Closer to the surface the reef crest is home to a diverse species group of Parrotfish, Wrasse and Surgeonfish.

The coral gardens close to the vessel mooring provide excellent snorkelling with a fantastic species diversity of Parrotfish and Butterfly fish to be found.

The reef flat is home to several giant clams.While those with a keen eye will be able to find a number of species of Anemone fish including the Pink and Orange Finned species.

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Site Maps #16

West End

Site #16 - Marine Life

  • Red Bass
  • Giant Clams
  • Sea Cucumber
  • Anemones
  • White Tip Sharks
  • Deep Wall
  • Parrot Fish
  • Maori Wrasse

(We have listed the marine life most likely encountered at this site as a guide only)

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