The reefs are healthy and, in sheer numbers and with a diversity of fish, Los Roques a is virgin dive experience.. The lagoon acts as a nursery for all manner of fish life and is home to abundant (Bututo) conch. Tidal changes and current wash nutrients and juvenile fish out into open water, attracting manta rays and eagle rays, and fueling the growth of big Gorgonians. Outside the ring of islands there is a narrow ledge of shallow reef filled with Stag horn and Elk horn corals that breach the surface at low tide.
The drop-off begins anywhere from 25 to 45 feet with sloping reefs of brain and star corals. The reef slope can be anywhere from 45 to 70 degrees, and as it goes deeper, the slope is dominated by plate corals, orange elephant ear sponges and black corals. On many sites, you will also find mini-walls, small reef caves or reef-crest pinnacles. In the summer months in the summer months of August to October there a days with absolute calms and a fantastic dive can be done on the barrier reef to the east. ask the dive master. The slopes can be swept by brisk currents or none at all, depending on time, day and conditions. If there is current, just ride with it. The dive boat follows the bubble trail and picks divers up when they surface.
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