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OPEN WATER REEFS

Bread Loaf - 16m

A vast amount of small caves, overhangs and a few rock formations characterize this reef.  The reef that proudly shows off what plate corals should look like. Layer upon layer are in pristine condition. The hard and soft corals are shrouded with schools of snappers and fusiliers, being watched by eels who peer out of their hiding places. If you want to explore and see pinnacle rocks, sand gullies, plate coral and a variety of fish life especially rays and scorpion fish then this is the reef to experience.   If the marine life seems quite shy during your dive, then look in the cracks, crevices and underneath the ledges, although be careful of marbled electric rays camouflaging under the sand on one of the sandy patches.

Checkers - 17m

Here you’ll find big blocky boulders covered in coral with sandy patches in between. The marine life encountered on this reef includes the odd shaped frogfish, ribbon eels, potato bass, scorpion fish, mantis shrimp, paperfish, and beautiful spotted rays. The coral life includes various types of hard and soft corals, sponges and anemones. It is an interesting dive for any level of scuba divers.

Crèche - 16m

This is a shallow reef with sandy patches. It has been named ‘Crèche’ due to the abundance and wide variety of juvenile fish that can be seen. Apart from the numerous juveniles found on the reef, also have a look out for honeycomb moray eels in the crevices, paperfish and green turtles. Crocodile fish camouflage themselves in the sandy patches and various reef fish like banner fish, triggers and butterfly fish are among the regular inhabitants of this reef.

Blacks - 18m

This is quite a small reef but very good for photographers and for divers who take time looking over the pretty corals and in crevices and just watching the action from the sand patches.  There are rays, guitar sharks, scribble pipefish, eels, lionfish and so much more.

Paradise - 15m

Experience paradise under the sea – beautiful corals, moray eels, tremendous gullies, and overhangs await you, not to mention the wide variety of reef fish. This reef’s overhangs and ledges are home to many juvenile reef fish, eels of different names, scorpion fish and the odd visiting turtle. Superlative corals, tremendous gullies, overhangs and small pinnacles and potholes form incredible marine landscape and await you. The coral life in this area consists of small plants, seaweeds, sponges and whip coral and colorful soft corals and anemones.

Tips: The sand patches that appear in the middle of the coral formations allow for skills development and the practicing of buoyancy control. Starfish and feather stars are also found here and this reef is suitable for all levels of scuba divers.

Ridge - 15m

Here is the chance to discover a ledge that is approximately four meters high with plenty of magnificent corals. There’s even a cave to explore! The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot large schools of kingfish. Expect to see turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels and soft corals, plate corals are found in abundance with Christmas tree worms in the bright colours. Other regulars on this reef include wrasse, butterfly fish, knife jaws, surgeons and triggerfish, to name just a few.

Shallow Malongane - 16m

This is a flat reef with scattered pieces of rock formations that have a lot of holes and ledges. Sand patches are found along the edges of the reef and in between certain parts of it. Once again, the red fang triggerfish direct traffic on the ocean floor. Being very territorial, they some- times keep you out of a certain part of the reef. Hawksbill turtles, octopus and a great number of nudibranches were found on this reef and the common reef fish and lionfish were spotted.  The coral in this area consists of soft fleshy coral in soft pastel colours as well as hard corals anemones and clownfish are to be seen and sometimes it looks like the dominoes also keep watch over the anemones. There is plenty to keep you busy and interested on this reef.

Tips: If you enjoy snorkeling then it is the perfect place to be. Octopuses have been spotted on this reef.

Steps - 15m

The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot large colonies of kingfish. Anticipate to see rays, turtles, scorpion fish, eels and soft corals. Plate corals are found in abundance with Christmas tree worms in the bright colours. Other regulars on this reef include wrasse, butterfly fish, knife jaws, surgeons, triggerfish and giant anglerfish (Frogfish) to name just a few. Suitable for all levels of scuba divers, the average depth of this site is 12m with a maximum of 15m.

Tips: Keep your eyes wide open for most unexpected marine creatures.

Steve's Ledge - 15m

If you want to explore and see ledges, sand gullies, plate coral and a variety of fish life, especially rays and scorpion fish, then this is the reef to experience. A sight not to be missed because of the huge amounts of fish life black cheek moray eels, honeycomb morays, lionfish and large rays are just some of the examples. Also have a look out for blue spotted rays, potato bas and the well-camouflage paperfish. This dive is for all levels of scuba divers the average depth of this site is 15m with a maximum of 17m.

Tips: This dive is for all levels of scuba divers where environment filled with spectacular variety of fish and coral.

Texas - 17m

Texas is a large shallow reef with large number of overhangs and arches. As the name indicates this is one of our largest reefs and it seems to go on forever. The most adventurous spot is central to this reef where amazing gullies can be found. You can also see a lot of fish and large variety of soft corals, as well as turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels, Christmas worms, surgeon to name but a few.

Tips: This is an ideal reef for adventurous divers who enjoy drift diving. Ask our skipper to drop you on the spot where you can experience unforgettable swim through a large gully.

Turtle Creek - 16m

The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot large schools of kingfish. Expect to see turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels and soft corals, plate corals are found in abundance with Christmas tree worms in the bright colours. Other regulars on this reef include wrasse, butterfly fish, knifejaws, surgeons and triggerfish, to name just a few.

Tips: This dive is for all levels of scuba divers where environment filled with spectacular variety of fish and coral.

Dropzone - 16m

Very nice topography and big crevices and overhangs with lots of coral and fish life. Paperfish, eels, rays, turtles, box fish and many more.

Goblin's - 16m

Nice canyon looking reef, whipcoral shrimps, rays, nudibranchs, cowrie shells this is really an awesome dive to try out.

Doodles - 16m

This is quite a small reef and consists of several scattered rock formations. The bigger part has a wall on the one side that is almost two-meters high and flattens to the other side. There were devil fire fish, just hanging about looking like fairies with their featherlike fins, round ribbontail rays and a couple of blue spotted stingrays frequenting the area, this area also has the most beautiful shells with hermit crabs occupying them.  Doodles also has its own resident potato bass and eels and a white tip reef sharks have also said to be have been seen here.

Tips: Huge honeycomb rays nestling in the sand isn’t an unusual sight when it comes to Doodles.


ADVANCED REEFS

Anchor - 22m

Not only do you get the joy of exploring the anchor on the southern end of Kev’s Ledge that gave this reef its name, but also two parallel ledges with an abundance an variety of reef fish. The reef life includes the numerous game fish passing by, turtles sleeping under the ledges and some beautiful coloured Nudibranchs. Reef fish like butterfly, batfish, damsels, anemone fish and trumpet fish are resident on this reef. Beautiful starfish as well as feather stars are also found here.  The coral life in this area consists of small plants, seaweeds, sponges and whip coral. And there are beautifully coloured soft corals and anemones.

Tips: This reef is for advanced scuba divers. This dive is one of the best at Malongane with its incredible and unique marine life.

Aquarium - 24m

The 3 sisters of the sea are 3 pinnacle rocks about 70m apart. The second reef in the chain has a hole on the middle, making it a stunning sight to observe the ocean life passing you by through the window, making it exceptional sight. And to emphasize a whole experience even more, make your dive on a sunny day so that the sun’s rays penetrate the deep water and light up this rocky reef.

Tips: Ask our skippers to drop you on the second reef in the chain of Three Sisters, called Aquarium. The name says it all: it is a pinnacle rock with a hole in the middle and a resident potato bass. In calm seas, this is an amazing dive. This dive is one of the best at Malongane with its incredible and unique marine life.

Atlantis / Lego - 50m

It’s one of the deeper reefs with a reef structure that reminds one of a sunken, under water city with the huge square boulders, whip coral growing out of the crevices, green coral trees with swarms of small fish, and numerous triggerfish, potato bass and other reef fish that frequent the area.

Tips: This is an ideal reef for advanced divers.

Bass City - 22m

Bass City is the formation of 5 rocks of almost identical size. It is famous for the over friendly family of Potato Bass. Mid waters are filled with baitfish and hunting game fish. The rocks are covered in soft corals that hide lionfish and sweepers. The overhangs hide octopus and cleaning stations manned by shrimps. The sandy areas are filled with carpet eels and various members of the ray family. If you are a fish lover, then this reef is definitely for you.

Tips: Bass City is famous for its resident “tame” potato bass Bert. There are 4 other large potato basses on this reef but Bert is the only one who will come and swim with you. Be aware of large number of lionfish; very often you can easily see a dozen of them at the same time. Leopard Sharks and Zambezi can be occasionally spotted.

Kev's Ledge - 24m

Similar to a wall dive, the many and varied crevices of a six-metre rocky ledge is heaven and it’s yours to explore with its wide and varied marine life. The reef life includes the numerous game fish assign by, turtles sleeping under the ledges and colourful nudibranches. Reef fish like butterfly fish, batfish, damsels, anemone fish and trumpet fish are resident here.

Tips: A dive spot for advanced divers where environment filled with spectacular variety of fish and coral life.

Maverick's - 28m

Maverick’s is one of Malongane’s deeper dives. The reef is a awesome pinnacle rock situated in the middle of the sand. Find honeycomb morays, smaller morays, leaf fish, rare frog fish and other sea wonders. Soft corals hide small fish, whilst mid waters are filled with schooling fish, the odd turtle and the odd manta ray. The coral life in this area consists of small plants, seaweeds, sponges and whip coral, soft corals and anemones.

Tips: Maverick’s is only 20m across & 30m long so you cannot get lost there. This reef has resident frog and scorpion fish, do not miss it

Pinnacles - 38m

Pinnacles is a deep reef situated on the edge of a continental shelf and famous for Hammerheads, Zambezi and Dusky not to mention manta and devil rays. In addition, the big Potato bass patrol the waters. The corals are thick and hide eels and reef fish. You can always find a version of game fish in attendance. At any moment of your dive: you might see hammerheads, sharks and manta rays even on your safety stop.

Tips: Summer is the ideal time to dive this reef. It is a perfect site to practice multilevel dives. The reef was ranked the eighth best shark diving site in the world by National Geographic

Riana's Arch - 25m

Rianna’s Arch is a relatively small reef and in fact is a northern part of Kev’s Ledge. The rocks are covered in soft corals that hide a lot of eels and sweepers. The traditional reef fish are always present, and there is always the chance of watching big pelagic fish moving overhead. The corals and rock create unforgettable view, you simply can’t miss this dive.

Tips: This is an ideal reef for adventure diving. Ask our skipper to drop you on the spot where fantasy will become a reality by swimming through an breathtaking filled with a rich and spectacular variety of fish.

Three Sisters - 24m

The 3 sisters of the sea are 3 pinnacle rocks about 70m apart. A prospect not to be missed where there are huge amounts of fish life - black cheek moray eels, honeycomb morays, lionfish, chocolate dips, dominoes and large rays are just some of the examples. It’s a stunning sight when the sun’s rays penetrate the deep water and light this rocky reef.

Tips: Ask our skippers to drop you on the second reef in the chain of Three Sisters, called Aquarium. The name says it all: it is a pinnacle rock with a hole in the middle and a resident potato bass. In calm seas, this is an amazing dive. This dive is one of the best at Malongane with its incredible and unique marine life.

Lionfish Alley - 22m

The dive masters favourite reef, lovely topography with lots of assorted rays and eels, scribbled pipefish, rare nudibranches, soles, lionfish.  This is just a WOW dive.


 
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Bread Loaf - 16m
A vast amount of small caves, overhangs and a few rock formations characterize this reef.  The reef that proudly shows off what plate corals should look like. Layer upon layer are in pristine condition. The hard and soft corals are shrouded with schools of snappers and fusiliers, being watched by eels who peer out of their hiding places. If you want to explore and see pinnacle rocks, sand gullies, plate coral and a variety of fish life especially rays and scorpion fish then this is the reef to experience.   If the marine life seems quite shy during your dive, then look in the cracks, crevices and underneath the ledges, although be careful of marbled electric rays camouflaging under the sand on one of the sandy patches.
Checkers - 17m
Here you’ll find big blocky boulders covered in coral with sandy patches in between. The marine life encountered on this reef includes the odd shaped frogfish, ribbon eels, potato bass, scorpion fish, mantis shrimp, paperfish, and beautiful spotted rays. The coral life includes various types of hard and soft corals, sponges and anemones. It is an interesting dive for any level of scuba divers.
Crèche - 16m
This is a shallow reef with sandy patches. It has been named ‘Crèche’ due to the abundance and wide variety of juvenile fish that can be seen. Apart from the numerous juveniles found on the reef, also have a look out for honeycomb moray eels in the crevices, paperfish and green turtles. Crocodile fish camouflage themselves in the sandy patches and various reef fish like banner fish, triggers and butterfly fish are among the regular inhabitants of this reef.
Blacks - 18m
This is quite a small reef but very good for photographers and for divers who take time looking over the pretty corals and in crevices and just watching the action from the sand patches.  There are rays, guitar sharks, scribble pipefish, eels, lionfish and so much more.
Paradise - 15m
Experience paradise under the sea – beautiful corals, moray eels, tremendous gullies, and overhangs await you, not to mention the wide variety of reef fish. This reef’s overhangs and ledges are home to many juvenile reef fish, eels of different names, scorpion fish and the odd visiting turtle. Superlative corals, tremendous gullies, overhangs and small pinnacles and potholes form incredible marine landscape and await you. The coral life in this area consists of small plants, seaweeds, sponges and whip coral and colorful soft corals and anemones.
Tips: The sand patches that appear in the middle of the coral formations allow for skills development and the practicing of buoyancy control. Starfish and feather stars are also found here and this reef is suitable for all levels of scuba divers.
Ridge - 15m
Here is the chance to discover a ledge that is approximately four meters high with plenty of magnificent corals. There’s even a cave to explore! The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot large schools of kingfish. Expect to see turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels and soft corals, plate corals are found in abundance with Christmas tree worms in the bright colours. Other regulars on this reef include wrasse, butterfly fish, knife jaws, surgeons and triggerfish, to name just a few.
Shallow Malongane - 16m
This is a flat reef with scattered pieces of rock formations that have a lot of holes and ledges. Sand patches are found along the edges of the reef and in between certain parts of it. Once again, the red fang triggerfish direct traffic on the ocean floor. Being very territorial, they some- times keep you out of a certain part of the reef. Hawksbill turtles, octopus and a great number of nudibranches were found on this reef and the common reef fish and lionfish were spotted.  The coral in this area consists of soft fleshy coral in soft pastel colours as well as hard corals anemones and clownfish are to be seen and sometimes it looks like the dominoes also keep watch over the anemones. There is plenty to keep you busy and interested on this reef.
Tips: If you enjoy snorkeling then it is the perfect place to be. Octopuses have been spotted on this reef.
Steps - 15m
The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot large colonies of kingfish. Anticipate to see rays, turtles, scorpion fish, eels and soft corals. Plate corals are found in abundance with Christmas tree worms in the bright colours. Other regulars on this reef include wrasse, butterfly fish, knife jaws, surgeons, triggerfish and giant anglerfish (Frogfish) to name just a few. Suitable for all levels of scuba divers, the average depth of this site is 12m with a maximum of 15m.
Tips: Keep your eyes wide open for most unexpected marine creatures.
Steve's Ledge - 15m
If you want to explore and see ledges, sand gullies, plate coral and a variety of fish life, especially rays and scorpion fish, then this is the reef to experience. A sight not to be missed because of the huge amounts of fish life black cheek moray eels, honeycomb morays, lionfish and large rays are just some of the examples. Also have a look out for blue spotted rays, potato bas and the well-camouflage paperfish. This dive is for all levels of scuba divers the average depth of this site is 15m with a maximum of 17m.
Tips: This dive is for all levels of scuba divers where environment filled with spectacular variety of fish and coral.
Texas - 17m
Texas is a large shallow reef with large number of overhangs and arches. As the name indicates this is one of our largest reefs and it seems to go on forever. The most adventurous spot is central to this reef where amazing gullies can be found. You can also see a lot of fish and large variety of soft corals, as well as turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels, Christmas worms, surgeon to name but a few.
Tips: This is an ideal reef for adventurous divers who enjoy drift diving. Ask our skipper to drop you on the spot where you can experience unforgettable swim through a large gully.
Turtle Creek - 16m
The marine life is plentiful and you have a chance to spot large schools of kingfish. Expect to see turtles, scorpion fish, rays, eels and soft corals, plate corals are found in abundance with Christmas tree worms in the bright colours. Other regulars on this reef include wrasse, butterfly fish, knifejaws, surgeons and triggerfish, to name just a few.
Tips: This dive is for all levels of scuba divers where environment filled with spectacular variety of fish and coral.
Dropzone - 16m
Very nice topography and big crevices and overhangs with lots of coral and fish life. Paperfish, eels, rays, turtles, box fish and many more.
Goblin's - 16m
Nice canyon looking reef, whipcoral shrimps, rays, nudibranchs, cowrie shells this is really an awesome dive to try out.
Doodles - 16m
This is quite a small reef and consists of several scattered rock formations. The bigger part has a wall on the one side that is almost two-meters high and flattens to the other side. There were devil fire fish, just hanging about looking like fairies with their featherlike fins, round ribbontail rays and a couple of blue spotted stingrays frequenting the area, this area also has the most beautiful shells with hermit crabs occupying them.  Doodles also has its own resident potato bass and eels and a white tip reef sharks have also said to be have been seen here.
Tips: Huge honeycomb rays nestling in the sand isn’t an unusual sight when it comes to Doodles.