Panorama Reef

Approx. 1 hour travel time. Steep sloping reef with best done as a drift dive as there is always a slight current with occasionally strong currents. Very good for one-way dives.

Chance of big fish: dolphins, mantas, eagle rays, and sharks, but not guaranteed. Regular sightings are big barracudas, tunas, and mackerels. Longnose groupers in the gorgonians.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 25 m
Current

Current

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

DIVE TYPES

  • Drift Dive
  • Wall/Drop Off

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

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