This is the next to last site in Bloody Bay. We have in this area fingers or outcroppings from the wall. In the shallows you will find Sailfin Blennys and many other juveniles and small fish. There are many crevices and overhangs to explore here. Lobster and Spider Crabs are found here, quite often along with Nurse Sharks, Green Moray and Black and White Moray Eels.
Named for the Blacktip sharks that have been seen on occasion, you are likely to see Caribbean Reef sharks and Eagle Rays. A Manta Ray has also been seen cruising the blue at this site. Look into the deep crevices and come face to face with big-eyed Squirrelfish, Lobsters and a variety of blennies and gobies. Huge barrel sponges dwarf divers as they glide by. In the sand, look out for the tiny garden eels that retreat into their sand burrows as you approach.
Large barrel sponges, Blue Chromis and other schooling fish make this site busy and colorful. A sand chute down into the deep also makes Bus Stop a great dive – keep your eyes open for passing Eagle rays, Turtles and Stingrays and check the Vase Sponges for Goby cleaner fish, Crinoids and Arrow Crabs.
This is the first and most northern point in the Jackson Point area. Once you’ve entered the water and started down you will understand the meaning of Cascades. This is the area where it all cascades down to “La La Land”. You will find turtles, sharks, Eagle and Sting rays on this far out site, as well as conch. The coral heads in this area look like small mountain ranges. Makes for great wide-angle photos.
This spectacular site toward the west end of the Bloody Bay Wall is like a smaller main wall split in two – a mini-wall at a depth of 30ft and the main wall at 60ft. As you navigate the site – keep your eyes open for pillar coral and the turtles and stingrays that swim around them. Angelfish (Gray, Queen and French) and Parrotfish can usually be found on the mini-wall. Juveniles of all sort (including Butterfly fish, Spotted drums) can be found. Occasionally the Lemon (or yellow) ray can also be found here. Off the main wall is a favorite place to spot cruising reef sharks.
Definitely request this site if you like swim-throughs, there are two or three that will take you from the sandy boulevard and spit you out on the sheer wall at about 80-100ft. Aside from the exciting swim-throughs, you can also see a variety of juveniles on the mini wall and if you stick to the sandy area look out for eagle rays feeding, Southern stingrays and numerous garden eels.
Donna’s Delight is very much like Marilyn’s Cut. One thing that seems to be abundant on this site are Flamingo Tongue shells. Nurse Sharks are frequently seen along these sites. You may find Flying Gurnards in the shallow areas, too. Sailfin Blenny are common, but you really need a trained eye to find them. They are only about 1-1/4″ to 1-1/2″ long. They dance above their burrows and fleet back into them when approached.
This site is a large sandy area typical of Jackson Bay. Occasionally we find more than one or two Eagle Rays here. The area is surrounded by large coral head formations and bordered by the wall reef. You will find large Parrot Fish munching on the sand as well as Sting Rays and Hog Snapper. There are also friendly French Angels and Grouper here.
There is only one word you can use to describe the Great Wall West & East dive sites – AWESOME! The majestic vertical wall is unbelievable and in the shallows you will find large coral heads teeming with life. Make sure you swim away from the wall to appreciate the wall in its full glory. Black coral, large sponges in yellow and red and critters dot the wall making a great photo and if you look closely, you might see the occasional Seahorse or Lettuce-leaf Seaslug.
This site abounds with marine life. During the day you will find some very friendly French Angels that will be more than willing to have their pictures taken. Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, Yellow Sting Rays and Moray Eels (both green and black and white), are frequently seen here. In and around the rubble area, you will find many small fish such as Yellow Headed Jaw Fish, Sand Tile Fish, Sand Divers and a variety of juveniles. For the night diver there are a lot of night dwellers to be seen – Octopus, Basket Starfish and Orange Ball Anemones to name a few.
The last dive site in the Bloody Bay area, with coral fingers and a mini wall, is a great place to spot the Caribbean spiny lobster. Eagle rays and sharks can be seen cruising through on your dive and be sure to check all the nooks and crannies for huge Green moray eels and smaller Spotted morays. The schooling fish such as Yellowtail Snapper and Blue-striped Grunts will keep you company throughout the dive.
Lobsters, Arrow Crabs, Yellowhead Jawfish & Sailfin Blennies are among some of the critters that can be seen. Sailfin Blennies live in holes on the hard pan between the coral outcrops and the Jawfish live in cylindrical burrows among the rubble and sand – hovering vertically above their homes. Sharks and Eagle Rays can be seen cruising the site along with Hawksbill & Green Turtles. Check cracks and crevices for green or spotted Moray Eels.
There are some excellent swim-throughs on this site where two fairly deep canyons cut into the reef. Lots of yellow tube sponges along with red rope sponges dot the wall. The friendly resident Nassau grouper (Benji) and her friend will happily accompany you throughout your dive and even pose for a photo if you are lucky!
There are many things to discover on this dive site. As you move in a northerly direction out towards the Cascades site, you can take a look at some history. The first thing to be found is a small cannon on this site. Moving on north, there are many anchors to be seen. You will have to look for these artifacts, for they have been transformed to look like their surroundings. There are tunnels through the wall (to “La La Land”) as well as a cannon in the shallows. We’ve seen sharks, turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays, eels, etc. There are friendly Queen Trigger and French Angels, as well as Grouper.
Named Mixing Bowl because this is where the Jackson’s Bight section meets the Bloody Bay section – which in turn makes for a great site with a sheer wall and rugged coral fingers. Swim throughs here are great and can pop you out on the wall to admire the purple, red, yellow and oranges sponges. Schools of blue chromis, grunts and snappers will be in the shallows, and look out for the huge barracuda that will be under the boat.
The chimney and archway are the greatest points of interest here. The entrance to the chimney is around 40ft and then its 40ft straight down. A great opportunity to then head west on the wall around 75ft where you can check out the large and plentiful barrel sponges. You will then come across a great photo op – a striking archway that makes the perfect frame for divers or fish hovering in the blue water. There are also a few caves and a mini-chimney to be discovered. Look out for Black Durgons, Butterflyfish and turtles throughout the dive.
This site affords both deep and shallow diving. You can take the drop-off to “La La Land” or cruise through many canyons and sand flats. You will find friendly French Angels and Queen Triggers. In among the rubble areas you will find Jaw Fish, Sand Tile Fish and many other small dwellers on the reef. You may also find sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, Sting Rays and turtles swimming here from time to time. There are some great tunnels that open onto the wall. Makes for great backdrop pictures of your friends with wide angle or standard lens. Great for video too!
The Meadows is one of our favorite shallow dive sites. With sand at 35 feet full of Southern Stingrays, Conch, Garden Eels, Razor fish, and a maze of beautifully encrusted coral heads sitting right under the boat, you could spend your whole dive without straying far from the boat. For those who prefer deep dives, the wall is a few kicks away through some short swim-throughs and out into the amphitheatre, which is a large natural part of the wall. Keep an eye out for the men in grey suits (sharks) as they love this area.