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Limestone Reef is a shallow reef providing a great diversity of sea life, corals and sponges.
|Name Dive Site:||Supermarket, Limestone Reef|
|Depth: ||5-16m (16-52ft)|
|Inserted/Added by: ||lars, © Author: Lars Hemel|
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Limestone Reef is an exceptional reef flourishing with life. The sandy bottom on the south side of the reef plays host to large areas of Garden Eels and Yellow Headed Jawfish. It is not uncommon to be greeted by large schools of Creole Wrasse as they fly about the reef. Large Permit also make this reef their home base.
The depth to the ocean floor here is 50 feet. At the bottom you can usually gaze southward and see Southern Stingrays buried in the sand with just their eyes protruding. Many times at this dive site you will be lucky enough to see large cleaning stations with a beautiful assortment of cleaner fish, juvenile Spanish Hogfish, Cleaner Wrasse, Juvenile French Angels, etc. It can be very rewarding to find one of these sites and spend the majority of the dive there watching the comings and goings of the larger fish waiting to be cleaned.
The occasional Barracuda and Nurse Shark make appearances at Limestone Reef. It is always a pleasure to find one, two, or even three sets of antennae from Spiny Lobsters sticking out from under a ledge or overhang. At Limestone Reef there are large coral heads that provide many hiding places for the smaller reef creatures. Take your time and really look to see what is in every nook and cranny. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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Supermarket Reef, sometimes called Limestone Reef, is located in Limestone Bay on the southeastern side of Water Island, about a mile from St. Thomas. The reef is somewhat unusual for this area because the coral formations grow toward the island rather than along parallel with the island. This creates a beautiful spur and groove coral formation, which sort of looks like the aisles of a supermarket.
The best way to dive Supermarket is to start by swimming along the bottom of the reef where it meets the sand, and work your way back, cruising up and down the aisles of the supermarket. The depth to the sand at the bottom of the reef is about 60 feet, but the majority of the dive is between 30 and 40 feet.
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