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#06 The Gap


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LOCATION:
Agincourt Reef 3 - Site 06
DEPTH:
Maximum Depth 12 metres
DIVE TYPE:
Drift dive
SKILL:
Novice to Intermediate
VISIBILITY:
12 - 25 metres, average 15m
LOOK FOR:
Fantastic reef wall, schools of Sweetlip

The Gap is an unusual site due to its location. A sandy lagoon like gutter with good visibility, it is separated from the very outer edge of Agincourt Reef 3 by a long thin tongue of reef flat. Despite its shallow and sheltered nature its proximity to the reef outer edge sees this site occupied by both the small and the large. From the large school of Golden goatfish that provide a brilliant contrast over the electric blue Staghorn coral that the call home to rare encounters with the giant Queensland grouper this site has the potential to show you it all.

A relatively small area of interest hosts an amazing diversity of reef fish and coral species. One moment you can be face to face with a delicate Butterflyfish or brilliantly coloured Angelfish while the next its up close and personal with large Oceanic Coral Trout or a school of Goldmans Sweetlips.

A drift dive along a shallow reef wall will take you to a number of sheltered grottos where Parrotfish and Surgeonfish make their living and sea cucumbers scour the sandy floor. 300-400 year old Boulder corals and large beds of Staghorn coral are a feature of this area.

This is where snorkellers and divers can share the same experience seeing everything the other sees. A favourite site for introductory divers providing that big fish experience.

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Site Maps #06

The Gap

Site #06 - Marine Life

  • Tuna
  • Trevally
  • Mackeral
  • Deep Wall
  • Coral Gardens
  • Boulder Coral

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

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