Dive Site

Rocky Island

  • Current: W in the morning, W at midday, E in the afternoon
  • Visibility: J, F, M, A: 40 m; M, J, J, A: 30 m; S, O, N, D: 35 m
  • Temperatures: J, F, M: 24°C; A, M, J: 26°C; J, A, S: 28°C; O, N, D: 27°C
  • Depth: 30 m

Overview

Rocky Island is famous the world over thanks to the frequent shark and manta sightings. The wreck of luxury ship – the 'Maiden' – also lies here, but sadly just a little too deep.

Description

Rocky Island is a diver's paradise – with the reef lying far out at sea, we run into all conceivable types of marine life: discoveries of small reef fish and shoals of barracudas to hammerhead sharks, mantas, dolphins and even small whales have already been here made by some divers.

Rocky Island is 700 by 450 metres in size and it has a fringe reef whose south side is composed of overhangs and rock shelters which are often visited by whitetip reef sharks. Since the current comes from the north here, the shark points are located in the east and west.

In the north, Rocky Island has a deeply carved sheer wall with ledges and overhangs. The lush coral vegetation is a real treat for snails and whilst they fill their bellies, dolphins pass nearby every now and then.

The wreck of the Maiden, a luxury ship which was discovered in 2002, lies in at a depth range of 60 to 70 metres. Marine park rules apply when diving around Rocky Island and this spot is a very challenging diving destination thanks to varying currents.

Hotspots

  • Reef edge: The richly coloured reef edge is located at a depth of only three to eight metres and we could spend hours here making new discoveries over and over again.

map Dive Plans

Southeast in the morning

You can dive to the reef wall from the boat. There you will be driven past the overhangs and half caves by a light current to the east and you will have enough time to look at them. At the end of the wall there is a little nose under which one often comes across sharks. You can dive back from this point, but the easier option is to be picked up.

Southwest at noon

When diving from the zodiac you should go straight to depth, because the current can be quite strong. Go deeper within your limits and look around for big fish. Then just let yourself drift and enjoy the blaze of colors of the reef edge. But keep looking into the blue, because every now and then a manta comes by silently.

North in the afternoon

You should have someone take you to the northwest corner to make sure that you are really diving the north side. From there you can just let yourself drift. The overhangs cast great shadows in the afternoon hours and the abundance of fish here is amazing: schools of sardines and mackerel, also tuna and of course the king of the hunters, the shark - everything passes by here.