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Killer Reef

Where Kakava reefs meet their southwestern boundaries there is a shallow rocky plateau before water depth drop. Broken amphorae and metal pieces of yet undisclosed ancient and modern wrecks is the evidence of maritime accidents through thousands of years. The elevated reef streams the open sea swell to strong currents, attracting huge schools of damselfish and picarels and their predators, snappers and amberjacks that often dash from the depth on their prey. Countless holes and crevices give shelter to crabs, scorpionfish, moray eels and Triton’s trumpet shells. However this is apparently the perfect habitant for the countless Pilgrim Hervia nudibranch that love rocky bottoms and slopes in clear and well-oxygenated water. Their abundance and the shallow depth of the dive makes it the perfect site for ambitious macro u/w photographers.

The average depth or the dive is 8 m, while the max is 12 m, appropriate for divers of all levels.

The usual visibility is 25 m and temperature ranges between 22-27 °C in summer months. Occasionally a medium surface current may be encountered. Boat ride duration 6′.

 

Mazi Wall

Located at Ithaca’s southwestern coast, there is the protected inlet of Mazi, that since ancient times gives shelter to sailors from the prevailing NW wind. An evidence for this is the scuttered ancient amphora in the inlet. The vivid coastal reef is full of all kinds of small fishvivid coastal reef is full of all kinds of small fish, nudibranch, crustaceans and moray eels for divers and underwater photographers to discover. Suddenly divers discover that there is drop forming a steep wall. Around the depth of 35 meters, large tube worms taking advantage of the currents as do huge schools of damselfish. Behind the clouds of the small fish, divers can spot Goldblotch groupers larking to prey on the schools of damselfish. Depending on the season, large groups of amberjacks or bonitos flashing like silver arrows through the blue to attack the defend less damselfish.

The average depth of the dive is 15 m, while the max is 35 m, appropriate for advanced level divers. The visibility is usually greater than 30 m and temperature ranges between 17-25 °C in summer months, depending on depth. Occasionally a mild current may be encountered at the tip of the wall. Boat ride duration 25′.