Dive Site

Habili Jaffar

  • Current: N/W in the morning, N/E at midday, SE/S in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 40 m; M, J, J, A: 35 m; S, O, N, D: 45 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24°C; A, M, J: 24–27°C; J, A, S: 27-31°C; O, N, D: 27-24°C
  • Depth: 100 m

Overview

Habili Jaffar, one of the smallest reefs in the group of St. John's, majestically juts out from the seafloor – like a volcano, it stands proudly in the current, abounding with fish and coral.

Description

At the top of Habili Jaffar's plateau or reef top, measuring approx. 120 square metres in surface, there's enough room for an underwater single-family home, completely made out of glass – wow, now wouldn't that be something!

There's also room for a garden and a pool house on the two reef spurs of Habili Jaffar: one is located at a depth of 15 metres and the other at 18 metres. Barracudas and snappers as well as cornetfish, bannerfish and angelfish travel these waters. Grey reef sharks, silky sharks and whitetip reef sharks can also be found in the blue.

Whitetip oceanic sharks and mantas, not domestic to these parts, also like frequenting this area. The coral vegetation ranges from acropora and soft coral in various shades of mint to fire coral and staghorn coral. Sea fans can also be found scattered around in the deep.

The underwater plot for our single-family home is the perfect place to resurface – here however we have to take the current and motion of the waves into account. Only when the weather is good Habili Jaffar can be approached by boat, since it lies just below the surface of the sea and therefore a large wave can easily be formed here. If this is the case, getting in and out of the boat can range from difficult to impossible.

Hotspots

  • Reef spurs: Both reef spurs of Habili Jaffar are perfect for scanning the waters for grey reef shark, silky sharks or whitetip oceanic sharks and mantas.

map Dive Plans

Around the reef

As the first boat on the spot, you can easily jump off the platform and swim behind the reef in a current-free area. Then on to the small plateau on the northeast side and wait for sharks. From there, it's best to dive spirally upwards around the reef. The upper reef edge and the plateau are incredibly beautiful and you can dive here despite the strong currents and waves. You can make the safety stop here on the boat's anchor line.