Exhilarating drift dive or gentle photography dive along a slope teeming with fish? You chose. On a strong flood, this is your opportunity to fly weightless through the water, but on any other day, you have a reef suitable for all levels with lots to see.
The sloping reef starts at around 5m with a healthy reef spotted with very large coral boulders and turns to sand in 25m, where Bluespotted Stingrays are common. The deeper areas sport long whip corals and lots of Redtoothed Triggerfish trying to hide from you in the many cracks and crevices.
West Escarceo also has an unusual abundance of Scorpionfish and Octopus, both excellent at camouflaging themselves so watch out! Large Puffer Fish are always seen here, and big Groupers are often spotted. Schools become more common here as we get closer to Escarceo Point with its currents, so expect to see big mouth Mackerel, juvenile Tuna, Trevally and Emperor Fish here.
A large amount of fish life and corals are visible on this sloping reef dive, including Butterflyfish, sergeant majors, damsels, pipefish, Moorish idols, triggerfish and pufferfish.
As you descend down the sloping reef you may see Porcupine pufferfish, moray eels, and cuttlefish. Looking out from the sloping reef there are small shoals of tuna and Spanish Mackerel to be seen.
This can be an exciting drift dive that finishes at Hole in the Wall. This site is a great night dive and we recommend using Nitrox to get more out of this beautiful site.
On a weak flooding current, check out the numerous overhangs and small caves for a sighting of an electric clam. On a stronger current, there’s a chance of seeing big schools of trevally, sweetlips, and snappers.