Devils is one of the deeper and more advanced dives off the Tofo coastline, so once again you need to be qualified to dive to thirty meters.
This reef has an incredible structure to it, where it is shaped like a half moon.
The top reef is covered with both hard and soft corals but the green branching Coral is most prominent and closer inspection, I see small groups of Damselfish and a few grazing Angelfish.
Just when I think I have seen it all, I look up and see Oceanic Mantas hovering above the cleaning stations about seven meters away from me. For those of you who don’t know, the Oceanic Mantas are much larger than Reef Mantas. The three mantas that joined us on that day, all had a wingspan of at least three meters. I settle in to the sand patch nearby to admire these majestic animals. As the mantas drift off into the blue, we continue our dive, hugging the reef wall.
Still elated from the mega-fauna sighting, I nearly miss a pair of petal-like harlequin shrimp settled in under a set of rocks near me.
I leave the couple in peace and continue along the wall. Because of how the reef is positioned, there are some warm and cold currents that surprise you on the dive so don’t be alarmed by a sudden two or three degree change. I sometimes have to remind myself to shift my gaze to what is going on above me. Large predatory fish hover in groups in the blue, waiting for a chance to dart in and catch an unsuspecting victim.
Although I didn’t see it on my dive, I was told that Whale Sharks frequent this area as well.
The Author: Talya Davidoff is a marine biologist, freediving champion and dive instructor.