The waters of Beqa Lagoon are world renowned for their spectacular soft corals and abundant life, so much so that Beqa Lagoon has been called “The Soft Coral Capital of the World”. Everything from small critters to large pelagic species can be found in these waters while reef diving.
Some of the sites we dive include:
A favourite site of staff and visitors alike, Carpet Cove features not only brilliant soft corals but also a wreck. An old fishing vessel (30m/100ft) was intentionally sunk in 30m/100ft of water in 1996, providing a habitat for a vast array of life. The wreck itself is overgrown with blooming soft corals, with a swirling school of Chevron Barracuda and Trevally keeping lookout. Adjacent to the wreck are towering pinnacles that rise up to within 5m/15ft of the surface. Bursting with life, these are home to the Blue Ribbon Eel, and it’s even more rare juvenile form; a photographers dream. Once you have done Carpet Cove, you will want to go back!
Named after the local village Chief, Caesar’s Rock is a cluster of 5 current swept pinnacles rising up from 30m/100ft to within 5m/15ft of the surface. With the current running, the soft corals seem so much more vibrant, feeding on the nutrient sweeping past. Enormous sea fans filter out their breakfast and provide shelter on their lea side to Lionfish. Through one of the pinnacles runs a Y-shaped passage; light pouring in from the ends creates a silhouette of the corals inside giving it an eerie glow like a forest at dusk!
A lone pinnacle towers up from the seabed encrusted with rainbow coloured corals. Amongst this kaleidoscope of colour hide Blue Ribbon Eels, Lionfish and Octopus. Cutting through the pinnacle an 18m/60ft long passage provides shelter for an array of Invertebrates with a chimney rising to the surface in the passage casting a dancing light as you swim through. While hanging out on the mooring line, watch for the Clownfish flitting in and out of their host anemones, if you look closely chances are there will be a Scorpionfish hiding behind it’s intricate camouflage.