This site is far enough offshore to be generally outside the eddy of low visibility that often occurs off Gordon's Bay, but is still reasonably close to the launch sites, and has good biodiversity and more rugged topography than most of the close offshore sites of the area. It is a large area and mostly unexplored.
- S34°09.364' E18°45.039' 1 Sterretjies Reef Usual drop point.
The area is indicated on the SAN chart as a shoal area above 20m, with a spot depth of 15m. This site is not in a Marine Protected Area. A permit is not required.
The name "Sterretjies Reef" refers to the large number of juvenile basket stars seen there. Sterretjies means little stars in Afrikaans. The site was named by Indigo Divers when they first dived there in 2018.
Maximum depth may be as much as 30 m. and the top of the reef is about 15 m.
Usual access: boat dive from Gordon's Bay or Harbour Island. The site is about 10 km from Harbour Island, or (distance)km from Gordon's Bay old harbour.
Indigo Divers report that there were lots of fish, large sea fans and sponges. The pinnacles are covered with soft corals, sponges, multi-coloured sea fans and strawberry anemones. Various colour morphs of gas-flame nudibranch, frilly nudibranchs, orange-eyed nudibranchs, crowned nudibranchs, white edged nudibranchs, soft coral nudibranchs and candy nudibranchs. Fish included white seacatfish, blennies and shy sharks. Other invertebrates included walking anemones, spider crabs, sea spiders and octopus.
The topography is not particularly photogenic, and visibility is not likely to be exceptional, so macro and general close-up wide-angle photos are likely to produce the best results. Artificial lighting is recommended for better colour and clearer photos.
There are no recommended routes. Swim around and explore, or hang out near the shotline and take photos as best suits your style and inclinations at the time.
No site-specific hazards known.
The site is borderline for entry-level certification, as most of the reef is below 18 m depth, and good buoyancy skills are required to avoid damaging the fragile reef life.
No special equipment required, though a light and DSMB are recommended.
- 1 Choirboys Reef
- 2 Seal Island
- 3 Drop Zone
- 4 East Shoal
- 5 Moddergat
- 6 York Shoal
- 7 SAS Fleur
- 8 Steenbras Deep - North Pinnacles
- 9 Steenbras Deep - South Pinnacles
- 10 SATS General Botha
- 11 SAS Bloemfontein
- 12 Whittle Rock
- 13 Bellows Rock
- 14 SS Lusitania
- 15 Rocky Bank