Norman Reef, Saxon Reef, Hastings Reef, Michaelmas Reef and Breaking Patches are all reef locations located along the outer edge of Australia’s Continental Shelf, and are some of the world’s most exotic and beautiful diving and snorkelling reef locations.
Office and Wharf (Departure) Locations
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Our Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Locations
Hastings Reef is a fabulous coral reef in all weather, and we have many different locations to choose from here depending on which way the wind blows! Being the largest reef that Reef Experience visits, it provides good protection and calm diving and snorkelling conditions all year round. Favorite dive and snorkel spots along this reef include ‘coral gardens’, ‘the fish bowl’ and ‘compass mooring’.
Breaking Patches Reef
A popular afternoon destination for Reef Experience when the weather is good, Breaking Patches is a small reef location just north of Michaelmas Cay – a tropical sand island and protected marine turtle breeding ground. As the name suggests, this is a patch reef and is great for viewing giant clams and blue spotted stingrays. It’s also home to one of our well loved marine friends – the friendly resident turtle, ‘Gus’.
Depending on the time of year, Saxon Reef can be a hive of marine activity. In the right seasons it’s a great reef to see young cuttlefish families or migrating humpback whales. White tip reef sharks can often be seen sleeping on the shallow sandy areas and hiding under coral coves. Popular dive and snorkel spots along this reef include ‘magic mooring’, turtle bommie’ and ‘twin peaks’.
The furthest north reef location destination that Reef Experience visits, we usually go here in very calm conditions when we can make great journey time. The coral here is simply breathtaking! It’s also home to our giant Maori Wrasse Frank.
There are wall, gullies, small caves, overhangs and swim-throughs that can be found in the area. With sandy bottoms that have giant clams. There are sea cucumbers and bluespotted rays on the sandy bottoms as well as the giant clams. You can also observe whitetip sharks. schools of damsels and fusiliers