Vuma Caves Dive Site

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The caves are at the bottom of some shoreline cliffs, where you descend to a sandy bottom at approximately 20 m, swim along the reef for a bit looking at the reef fish, and not forgetting to look out to the deep sea where you may have a chance to glimpse dolphins, sharks and barracuda.

There’s only one cave entrance that tapers to a narrow tunnel which branches off in a few places. The main tunnel leads round a blind bend where the light is cut out both sides to a vertical sink hole in the reef. If you ascend vertically, you will come out back on the top reef at 5m.

Judge the tide well or you could easily be spat out the top by surge pushing through the cave. The Blowholes, presumably caused by a constant pummelling from the seas over thousands of years, are dotted along the rock wall which descends to 18m and runs parallel and quite close to the shoreline.

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The entrance to the cave is a ‘jaw-dropper’ of an entrance not for spectacular cathedral like structure at all, but purely for the marine life that it houses. Moving around by torchlight, the beam is attracted immediately to bright flashes of red and then yellow. The big-eyed soldier fish sit in large schools gleaming red in the dark corners of the rock while the entrance is filled with yellow striped snapper. Large Potato Bass sit sulking in the dim recesses. Outside the cave, you swim south along the wall to find the blowholes. These holes are tunnels leading diagonally upwards from 18 m to the top of the rock. On approach, the beams of sunlight shooting through the holes is similar to the strong shafts of light that penetrate a tall dense rainforest or the stained glass window of a church. Diving on slack tide, you are able to get in close to the bottom of the holes and look up to these rays blasting through.

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