Ernie’s Point owes its name to Ernie’s cave, a small cavern in 21m where once lived Ernie the grouper. Ernie moved out many years ago but the dive site kept its name. The tiny cave is at the bottom of a large rocky outcrop, adorned with Sea Fans and often visited by smaller Groupers. Look for tube-shaped holes around the mouth of the cave, large Mantis Shrimps often build their nests here.
Deeper, at 27m, lies another small cave with abundant marine life around it. None of the caves are large enough to penetrate. Schools of Trevally are common here, as are schools of Mackerel. Beware that during big tidal changes, strong cross-currents (eddys) often happen here, and you might be stuck in a very small area between conflicting currents.
On a flood tide, you can start this dive in the shallows of Monkey Beach and follow the reef down to 30m / 99ft. There large rocky coral formations littered with green tree corals, siphon sponges and Gorgonian Seafans.
On a multilevel dive, you can make your way up the reef, where you can see crinoids and make your way to a small cave at 21m / 69ft. Big – eye soldier fish can be spotted as well along with blue-spotted trevally, surgeonfish, and unicornfish. If you finish the dive shallow you can see an abundance of soft corals, small snapper, sweetlips, and small fauna.