The Cauldron

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The Cauldron

The Cauldron

The Cauldron

 

The very shape of this dive site has given The Cauldron its name; it is split into 2 sides. On the one side there is a bowl, deep and round, with a sandy bottom and walls covered in gorgonian fans and soft corals... like a cauldron! At one end of it there is a shallow and narrow passe that could propel you out to the other side like a kick in the ar#*^! Once there, its a world of channels, edgy canyons running parallel to one another.

The atmosphere of first half of the dive site is that of a stroll, a wandering; glide along the walls, check out the fans and the soft corals. A slight trough on the North side just before the passe is actually covered in orange! Absolutely breathtaking! If you've got a bit of time, scan through the gorgonian fans, some of them host a few pigmy seahorses...

The second half is completely different in every aspects, and it can be quite challenging! When the current is pushing (you do this dive when the tide is coming up or down, not when it's slack), you cannot hover in place or glide around the canyons: you have to hold on to the edges of the canyons and wait... As a matter of fact, the manta rays come at this very place to effortlessly ventilate, get cleaned and feed with the flowing water! Watch out for the coral and venomous fish when you put your hands or reef hook to hold on to the canyons, and enjoy: the manta rays can come up within arm reach if you're relaxed and don't scare them away with too much bubbles or noise. A real treat!

The Cauldron

 

The very shape of this dive site has given The Cauldron its name; it is split into 2 sides. On the one side there is a bowl, deep and round, with a sandy bottom and walls covered in gorgonian fans and soft corals... like a cauldron! At one end of it there is a shallow and narrow passe that could propel you out to the other side like a kick in the ar#*^! Once there, its a world of channels, edgy canyons running parallel to one another.

The atmosphere of first half of the dive site is that of a stroll, a wandering; glide along the walls, check out the fans and the soft corals. A slight trough on the North side just before the passe is actually covered in orange! Absolutely breathtaking! If you've got a bit of time, scan through the gorgonian fans, some of them host a few pigmy seahorses...

The second half is completely different in every aspects, and it can be quite challenging! When the current is pushing (you do this dive when the tide is coming up or down, not when it's slack), you cannot hover in place or glide around the canyons: you have to hold on to the edges of the canyons and wait... As a matter of fact, the manta rays come at this very place to effortlessly ventilate, get cleaned and feed with the flowing water! Watch out for the coral and venomous fish when you put your hands or reef hook to hold on to the canyons, and enjoy: the manta rays can come up within arm reach if you're relaxed and don't scare them away with too much bubbles or noise. A real treat!

The Cauldron

 

The very shape of this dive site has given The Cauldron its ...

Other information

Type of dive site
  • Rocky scree / rubbles
  • Drift dive
  • Rocky canyon
  • Coral reef
Depth
  • Maximum 30
  • Maximum 40
Visibility
25m or more
Current
Mild to very strong
Required scuba diving level / certification
Advanced / CMAS 2
Fauna
  • Manta ray
  • Devil ray
  • Moray eels
  • Tuna
  • Groupers
  • Scorpion fish
  • Seahorses
  • Triggerfish
  • Leaf fish
  • Stonefish
  • Surgeonfish
  • Sergent Major
  • Urchins
  • Nudibranchs
  • Napoleon wrasse
  • And more...
  • Angelfish
  • Spanish Mackerels
  • Trevallies
  • Fusiliers
  • Surgeonfish
  • Brain coral
  • Hard coral
  • Soft coral
  • Tube sponge
  • Vase sponge
  • Yellow gorgonian fan
  • Red gorgonian fan
  • White-tip reef Shark
Flora
  • Coral flora

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