BOCA TRENCH: This fantastic reef sits at 45′ with a ledge that drops down to 73′. The reef sweeps toward shore at the north end, and the current has cut out a huge cavern. Many interesting creatures are known to hang out here, including a large green moray. Sharp ledges and overhangs- turtles, lobster, and morays common. This reef has a resident goliath grouper as well—around 300 pounds.
MORAY BEND: This is another beautiful part of the third reef system. It has incredible sheer ledges with gorgonians and sea fans. The reef weaves east and west while running north-south. With a really nice and high western ledge. Has several different species of moray eels. Greens and sharptail and spotted and purple mouth and golden and chainlink moray eels.
CHALFONTE: Named after The first tall condo built in Boca, The fish seem to love this area as they swarm through nooks and crevices. An old old lobster still maintains a hideaway here where no one has been able to reach. Huge schools of reef fish as well! Has a great western drop-off to the sand.
BOCA ARTIFICIAL REEF LEDGE: Named for the artificial areojacks we put down in the late ’70s with FAU. It’s a natural reef with lots of critters using large overhangs and steep ledges for protection. Turtles are often found sleeping here at night—a great reef for photography.
CRAB COVE: This 60′ reef drops from 40′ to 72′ in stages and is a favorite for night dives. One night at the opening of lobster season, two nurse sharks were caught in the act of “playing doctor.” Great lobster reef. This reef is good with a slow current because of its length—beautiful drop-offs and coral.
SANCTUARY: This third reef has twin ledges with drop-offs facing both east and west. The valley in between is wide enough for nice drop-offs yet narrow enough to swim from one side to the other. Has one of the shallowest tops of our third reef system. One of the few reefs with a black durgeon population.
OPAL TOWERS: 28′ – 45′ reef with holes and caves (not big enough to fit in)- a great spot for lobster, topicals, barracuda, and corals. For the last few years, a 200 lb goliath grouper has been hanging around—two mounds of coral on the south end of this reef.
HILLSBOROUGH LEDGE: Depth 30` – 45`. This part of the second reef splits off into ridges running north and south. There are beautiful wide ledges and great hiding spots for lobsters and other critters. Every spring, a friendly manta ray cruises through for a while. this is the area that we see our whale sharks when they migrate thru between December and February. Our Diveboat Diversity FB page has a great video by Rich Collins of a whale shark seen here.
SEPARATED ROCKS A reef is a little different. It’s 17 different coral reef islands, which hook and curve as it runs north and west. They have separated by about a boat length apart and are about a quarter to a football field in size. It sits in 28` – 45 ft of water. An awesome lobster spot! Loads of tropical fish and sharks.