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The Mountains

This paradise is beyond words. Visit it as often as you wish and you will still not tire of it. The reef starts in 100 feet of water with a sandy bottom. With nearly vertical walls the reef rises up to about 50 feet. There are many cuts and crevaces in which live a staggering amount of sealife. If you are looking for the big picture of towering seascapes or for the small creatures to be found in a thimble, this is one spot that you must see in this lifetime. Loggerhead turtles, sharks, schools of jacks, Jewfish and the occasional pleagic Wahoo and Kingfish. Large Gorgonians, Elephant sponges, Brain corals, Star corals and more.

Mount Olympus

Mt Olympus: As the name suggests, this site really is “home of the gods”. High-profile coral starts in about 60ft of water and drops off to over 1500ft with a stair-step at about 125ft. Awe-inspiring canyons of coral dwarf the scuba divers, and we occasionally see hammerhead sharks cruising the wall. want a wall dive???...are you sure??? This is the spot that has kept you dreaming. This is a deep dive. It starts like the rest of the dives...with a briefing and a reminder... be safe! not stupid.

The reef is a N/S ridge that runs for about a 1/2 mile. The sand on the eastern side of this towering living structure is in 100' of water. The sand on the western side is only in 1700' of water. The actual wall starts around 130'. If you are not comfortable with these depths you need not feel slighted on this dive. While the top of the reef is at 60 feet, there is plenty to see at that depth. In fact, that is what most people do on this dive as they want as much bottom time as possible so they can stay in this aquatic paradise.

Muriel's Garden

This is a site that is close to the dolphin grounds . There is a friendly nurse shark that lives here along with a host of other reef friends.

The reef is a long oval that is oriented North-South. It is surounded by a white sandy bottom. On the eastern side it is about 50' and on the western side it is about 75'. The top of the reef averages about 35-40'.

It's location is very near The Mountains so it is close to the edge of the Bank. This allows it to be fed by the super warm and clear waters of the Gulfstream. Also, by being in the transition zone from deep to shallow waters you also have the bigger pelagic fish swim by on occasion.

The most beautiful part of this reef is by far it's abundant and diverse sponge and soft coral gardens. This is truly a color-filled spot in the ocean with many friendly creatures to visit.

Robin's Reef

Raw, Wild, and Lively!! That is how we describe both the reef and its namesake, our second Captain Robin . This reef is something. Its biggest boast is its many cuts and swim throughs where you can find way too many lobsters and groupers. If you are an underwater hunter or photographer there is only one problem, they are back in cracks that you cant get to...but you can see them.

However, if you are an underwater naturalist, you just can't go wrong here. You can almost always find a cleaning station where a large grouper is being cleaned by Petersen shrimp. Maybe you are into seeing a Bicolor Damselfish chase away fish that are ten times her size. If not that, perhaps you prefer hundreds of brilliant Blue Chromis posing for photos over brain coral that is over 50' in diameter! Whatever your flavor of wonder, you can find it in spades here.

The "reef" is an area near Memory Rock. It is difficult to give accurate depths because of the many cuts and swim-throughs and also because the reef is so large of an area. Basically, the top of the reef is about 35-40' and the bottom can be found from 40-90'. Typical visibility in this area is about 80-100'.

This site is difficult to maintain a mooring on it. There is a high volume of traffic that passes the area due to its proximity to Memory Rock, deep water, and the traffic lanes to the Walkers and Abaco Bahamian Islands. While this does not interfere with or endanger the diving/divers, it would often ruin the mooring (and perhaps someone's propellers).


This reef is one of Scotty's favorite dive sites. It is just inside of Mount Olympus but just a bit more shallow. It is home to many fish and is known to have Carribean Reef sharks in the area from time to time.

The reef is yet another N/S ridge type of reef in the shape of a fork with two prongs. On the eastern side the sand is about 40'. The sand in the middle is about at 50'. The sand on the western edge is about 80' that slopes gently away to 90'. The top of this reef is about 35'.

Scottawall is covered by sponges of nearly every size and color. There is a barrel sponge the size of a Honda Accord (no exaggeration!) that many times is host to a cleaning station.

If you dive the Bahamas, do not miss this dive!


While your mind was sleeping, Hollywood has done a number on you and your perceptions. Sharks have such a bad (evil in some contexts) connotation, that it is many times difficult to have an intelligent conversation with otherwise educated and rather bright people. What we would like to give you is information so that you may educate yourself and help save some of these magnificent creatures.

Sharks came on the scene back in the Devonian time period which is over 350 million years ago. In the last two centuries, man (Pleistocene) has made every effort to rid himself of these necessary machines. We are not marine biologists. However, as naturalists, we have found that being in their environment and observing their behavior, the number of sharks is clearly a tell-tail pulse of a reefs health.

Dream Team Shark Encounters

If you are looking to learn more about sharks, may we suggest perhaps a short encounter with them in the wild. This is a dive on the wild side as we feed these animals. You sit in safety as you see wild sharks feeding in the area. Depending on your level of comfort and your desire to see, you can have the animals come right up to you as you move to the bait. Of course, if you like having them in the distance, you only need to stay away from the bait.

We have two separate locations where we hold the shark dives. The first is the Bull Pen. This is a 60' reef that you can always count on seeing at least 3-20 groupers. This shark dive is good for bringing in from 1-6 sharks in a very controlled environment.

The Sugar Wreck

In 15-20 feet of water lies the wreck of a 330ft. four-masted steel sailing vessel. The nickname “Sugar Wreck” refers to the cargo of molasses she was carrying from Central America via Havana destined for the northeast US. The ship was run aground by a hurricane in the shallow water. about 100 years ago. The ship broke apart and opened up over time, becoming home to an amazing amount of life. Huge resident loggerhead turtles are a highlight, and are the stars of the show on night dives. Sugar Wreck is also home to nurse sharks, octopus, moray eels, black grouper, hundreds of barracuda and literally thousands of fish of every description. Not to be missed!

This is an incredible night dive. Between the turtles, nurse sharks, conch, crabs, zillions of fish, plus creatures you have only seen in your imagination you will nearly be out of breath with excitement and awe as you climb back aboard and tell the crew what an incredible dive you just had.

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