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Middle Arch

It is a rare, actually extremely rare, thing to have a good dive at Middle Arch... usually the reviews are along the lines of 'Exceptional' or 'Breathtaking'!

This site is shape like a bowl with a kelpy/sandy bottom at 30m, and 2 arches that open up to the West. The 1st one is actually a cave but the entrance is very large and there's an air bubble trapped on the ceiling at 8m, comfortable enough to have 4 divers breathing and talking for a few seconds! The 2nd arch goes through a massive spur from the main island and offers divers a wide, densely populated corridor, 15m deep on average: the walls are covered in encrusting life, bryozoans, nudibranchs (at least 8 different species!), moray eels, conger eels or Spanish lobsters! Right in the middle of the arch, some boulders are scattered and form the perfect habitat for a few big scorpionfish or some massive morays. Last but not least, you have very high chances to come across several long or short-tailed stingrays wandering about... What a treat!

Middle Arch also offers, to the South of the arch, the opportunity to go a little bit deeper along a big drop-off: big schools of blue and pink MaoMao, with schools of kingfish and snappers will provide a show... but keep an eye out for bronze whaler or hammerhead sharks, and maybe a manta ray in the summer months!

It is a rare, actually extremely rare, thing to have a good dive at Middle Arch... usually the reviews are along the lines of 'Exceptional' or 'Breathtaking'!

This site is shape like a bowl with a kelpy/sandy bottom at 30m, and 2 arches that open up to the West. The 1st one is actually a cave but the entrance is very large and there's an air bubble trapped on the ceiling at 8m, comfortable enough to have 4 divers breathing and talking for a few seconds! The 2nd arch goes through a massive spur from the main island and offers divers a wide, densely populated corridor, 15m deep on average: the walls are covered in encrusting life, bryozoans, nudibranchs (at least 8 different species!), moray eels, conger eels or Spanish lobsters! Right in the middle of the arch, some boulders are scattered and form the perfect habitat for a few big scorpionfish or some massive morays. Last but not least, you have very high chances to come across several long or short-tailed stingrays wandering about... What a treat!

Middle Arch also offers, to the South of the arch, the opportunity to go a little bit deeper along a big drop-off: big schools of blue and pink MaoMao, with schools of kingfish and snappers will provide a show... but keep an eye out for bronze whaler or hammerhead sharks, and maybe a manta ray in the summer months!

It is a rare, actually extremely rare, thing to have a good dive at Middle Arch... usually ...

Other information

Type of dive site
  • Drop-off
  • Cave
  • Arch
Visibility
15 m +
Current
Light to mild
Required scuba diving level / certification
Open Water / CMAS 1
Boat trip duration
45 minutes
Fauna
  • Manta ray
  • Stingray
  • Eagle ray
  • Moray eels
  • Groupers
  • Conger eels
  • Scorpion fish
  • Crayfish
  • John Dory
  • Hermit crab
  • Urchins
  • Octopus
  • Nudibranchs
  • Starfish
  • Snappers
  • Spanish lobster
  • And more...
  • Anemone
  • Elkhorn coral
  • Starfish
  • Yellow gorgonian fan
  • Carpet shark
Flora
  • Kelp
  • Coralligenous
  • Nudibranchs

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