Castle Rock Dive Site

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Castle Rock, its nearby neighbor Crystal Rock, is a not to be missed dive site with similarly sturdy currents that can be avoided by diving during slack tide.

The site itself is a very large pinnacle that descends to around 75 meters. The top can be reached at 4 meters making it possible for the dive to be relatively shallow. Most divers are taken to 20 meters where there is more marine life. Due to the current, divers normally descend and then safely hold on to the side of the reef. This enables divers to take in all the marine life and watch as everything swims by.

White Tip Reef Shark

White Tip Reef Shark at Castle Rock – Photo Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

Most of the marine life is drawn to the site because the current provides ample nutrition. The marine life is accordingly vast in numbers. Amongst the list of ocean life that are commonly found here, you can normally see turtles, sharks, pygmy seahorses, leaf scorpion fish, the amazing blue ribbon eels, trevally, tuna, mackerel and bannerfish. It really is impossible to list all the fish that can be seen here as the site is extremely diverse, brimming with different types of fish.

Bluefin Trevallies

Bluefin Trevallies at Castle Rock – Photo Credit: Kaelyn Lynch

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Kaelyn Lynch November 06, 2017

My best dives at Castle Rock were at the break of dawn, when most other humans were sleeping and the fish were hunting.

We would descend as quickly as we could, to reach our ideal spot before the current swept us off the site entirely. A good drop would put us right in the point where the current hit the submerged pinnacle and splits around it—and right into the action.

The stronger the current, typically the more action, and on a good day the action was nothing less than spectacular.

Using a reef hook or clinging to a rock, I would find myself right in the middle of massive schools of baitfish, while sharks, trevallies, tuna, and barracuda circled nearby.

Suddenly, a hole would open in the wall of fish as a pelagic darted through in a fantastic strike, zooming into our bubbles in a thrilling display of power and speed.

I would hear the “boom” of hundreds of swim bladders compressing as the fish moved down in unison, in a desperate attempt to evade their hunters. It was like something out of a dream—or National Geographic.

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