How awesome is it to have a good dive site at your doorstep? Very awesome! The Environment Team just got an underwater housing for our digital camera and I decided to test it out by photographing the various sights along the Miniloc Island house reef.
The Miniloc House Reef is a fringing reef, with an average depth of 8 meters and a maximum depth of 40 meters. The fringing reef grades into a reef flat and sand lagoon in the shallows, with a steep forereef slope to 30 meters then grading out to sand and rubble to 40 meters depth. We do our Discover Scuba Diving check-out dives in the shallower areas. While there isn’t a lot of coral cover (20-30% cover at 15 meters and shallower), the colorful fish definitely keep the site interesting. In 2007, Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Mark Erdmann found 182 species of fish in the Miniloc House Reef. Not bad for a place just in front of where I work 🙂