About our Reef Sites

We visit spectacular Outer Barrier Reef sites – Reef Encounter’s Captain will decide on the day which reef locations Reef Encounter visits based on weather and which reef site offers our guests the best reef experience and comfort

Reef Encounter generally moves twice a day once in the morning  at approximately 10:30 am and then again in the afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm (weather dependent)

Our Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Reef Sites

Hastings Reef

Hastings Reef is a fabulous coral reef in all weather, and we have many different locations to choose from here depending on which way the wind blows! Being the largest reef site that Reef Encounter visits, it provides good protection and calm diving and snorkelling conditions all year round. Favourite dive and snorkel spots along this reef include ‘coral gardens’, ‘the fish bowl’ and ‘compass mooring’.

Breaking Patches Reef

A popular afternoon destination for Reef Encounter when the weather is good, Breaking Patches is a small reef location  just north of Michaelmas Cay – a tropical sand island and protected marine turtle breeding ground. As the name suggests, this is a patch reef and is great for viewing giant clams and blue spotted stingrays. It’s also home to one of our well loved marine friends – the friendly resident turtle, ‘Gus’.

Saxon Reef

Depending on the time of year, Saxon Reef can be a hive of marine activity. In the right seasons it’s a great reef to see young cuttlefish families or migrating humpback whales. White tip reef sharks can often be seen sleeping on the shallow sandy areas and hiding under coral coves. Popular dive and snorkel spots along this reef site include ‘magic mooring’, turtle bommie’ and ‘twin peaks’.

Norman Reef

The furthest north reef location destination that Reef Encounter visits. The coral here is simply breathtaking! Outstanding swim throughs, caves, bronze whalers and it’s also home to our giant Maori Wrasse Frank.

Jorgensen Patch

There are wall, gullies, small caves, overhangs and swim-throughs that can be found in the area. With sandy bottoms that have giant clams. There are sea cucumbers and bluespotted lagoon rays on the sandy bottoms as well as the giant clams. You can also observe whitetip sharks. schools of damsels and fusiliers