Northern Arch

Northern Arch is a renowned site that often has large pelagic species. The Arch is deep and bottoms out at over 30m, there is interesting structure on either side of the Arch and the Northern side of the Arch keeps sloping away.

You can expect to see: Kingfish, Snapper, and large schools of Blue Maomao. Northern Arch often has seasonal Pelagic species such as Whale Sharks, Turtles, and other tropical life.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 18 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Wall/Drop Off
  • Cavern/Cave
  • Kelp fish
  • Pinnacle, Needle, Seamount

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

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