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If divers are looking for a fast paced dive, then this site offers exactly that. It is named after the currents that throw divers in many different directions and is a shallow drift dive over seven gullies. However, during slack tides, without the current, it can also be dived at a slower pace and so becomes a nice and easy dive with good photography opportunities.

The dive site goes down to a maximum of 24 metres. If the dive is undertaken during currents, divers must have the appropriate training to complete the dive. Reef hooks and dive gloves would be essential for this dive with the current as divers will often need to hold onto the reef during this dive. As with any dive, divers must be cautious when holding onto the reef as what can appear to be a rock on the reef could actually be a stonefish. Divers should also take care to not damage the reef whilst holding on. Often described as a rollercoaster, divers should watch out for kicking the reef. Staying at lower depths helps to avoid the faster parts of the current.

The currents provide the perfect environment for tuna, giant trevally, and barracuda as well as mating Jacks. There are thousands of triggerfish, butterflyfish, and anthias and there are many Sargent Majors, bannerfish, and sweetlips swimming amongst the current.

At around 15 metres, there are a number of swim throughs and canyons that are connected. The current will take divers though these and will move in many different directions. With these high currents, expect to see many sea fans and sea whips. On slack tide, many macro species can be spotted hiding amongst these including seahorses, shrimps, and nudibranchs. There are also Spanish dancers in abundance that are best spotted on night dives.

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