Big Rock

This stunning reef filled with elkhorn and finger corals starts in the shallows at 5m/16ft and runs parallel to the shoreline along the south side of Utila island, reaching a maximum depth at the drop-off of 30m/98ft. Travel east from the buoy where brilliant, red tube sponges and azure vase sponges line the narrow channels that weave their way through to an expanse of sand and rubble. Elysia and headshield slugs take advantage of the fields of pine cone algae, drift algae and mermaid fans to hide from the eyes of their predators. Follow the wall to the west to explore the thriving rock and coral heads filled with sea plumes and gorgonians before reaching the sand where the coral outcroppings become smaller and the sandy plain is populated by brown garden eels and yellowhead jawfish.

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