1. Loloata Island Jetty:
Distance from Loloata - on site
Best Diving Depths - 0 to 10 meters
Best Time / Tide - early morning or night dive. High tide.
Highlights - Dwarf lionfish and red (black) firefish, ringed pipefish, colorful patterned black sea urchins, razorfish, mantis shrimp, double ended pipefish, emperor shrimp, banded sea krait, harlequin ghost pipefish.
Large schools of juvenile fish gather around the jetty at certain times of the years. Easy dive.
2. Boston A 20 Havoc (WWII Wreck - Aircraft):
Distance from Loloata - 1 nautical mile (from Jetty)
Best Diving Depths - 5 meters (reef) 18 meters (airplane wreck)
Best Time / Tide - morning or high tide.
Highlights - Discovered in 1980 by Dik Knight, a fully intact WWII American A 20 Havoc bomber sits upright on a sandy bottom at 18m surrounded by reef. Although almost devoid of coral growth, this aircraft is interesting because it has not suffered the ravages of high seas and souvenir scavengers. Pretty hard coral garden in the safety stop zone.
3. Lion Island Muck Dive:
Distance from Loloata - 0.8 nautical mile
Best Diving Depths - 3 to 25 meters
Best Time / Tide - Any. Several dive sites in a small area. Accessible in all weather conditions.
Highlights - Reef, sand, seagrass, "muck" dives and scuttled wrecks. The weird and wonderful abound here. Inhabitants that belong to another world and another dimension. These dives are mandatory for serious macho photographers. Some of the things seen here from time to time are ornate ghost pipefish, snake eels, sea grass pipefish, nudibranchs, cuttlefish, squid, upside down jellyfish, to name a few.
4. MV New Marine; #6 (Wreck):
This prawn trawler was sunk in 1989 and lies on an even keel with her bow facing the fringing reef of Lion Island. The bottom of her bow is 16m deep while the deck level at the stern of the vessel is 18m deep and the propeller 20m. She is populated by large reef fish like sweetlips, mangrove jacks, drummer and fusillers, lionfish and sweepers inhabit the winch, which is also covered with soft corals and sea fans.
5. MV Tuart (Wreck):
This small steel tug boat was sunk by Bob Halstead in 1986 off the southern end of Lion Island. She has been host to the ribbon eel, twin spot gobies, baitfish and sweepers, clingfish, scorpionfish, pipefish, ornate ghost pipefish, hingebeak shrimp, mantis shrimp, yellow margin morays, banded cleaner shrimp, cuttlefish, juvenile many spotted sweetlips, sarcophyton corals and sea whip corals. The reef is also a good place for nudibranchs.
6. North Patch Bommie:
Distance from Loloata - 1.5 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 6 to 12 meters
Best Time / Tide - High tide.
Highlights - Lovely hard coral garden. many varieties of not so common hard corals growing in fine formations on this small reef. Often visited by large Spanish Mackerel.
7. South Patch Bommie:
Distance from Loloata - 2.5 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 4 to 15 meters
Best Time / Tide - High tide. Often effected by currents during spring tides.
Highlights - Pillars of hard corals, often with undercuts and small caves underneath lots of colour. Good amount of resident reef fish.
8. Lilians Patch:
Distance from Loloata - 2.7 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 6 to 20 meters
Best Time / Tide - Can be effected by spring tides.
Highlights - Pretty stands of various hard corals and corkscrew sea whips. Colourful soft corals and fan corals. Scorpionfish, stonefish and Rhinopias (Merletts Scorpionfish) can be found.
9. Quayles Reef:
Distance from Loloata - 3.2 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 4 to 12 meters
Best Time / Tide - Any.
Highlights - Colour! Every conceivable colour splashed across the reef. Resident Rhinopias (Merletts Scorpionfish) and Harlequin ghost pipefish.
10. MV Pal II (Wreck):
Distance from Loloata - 3.4 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 15 to 23 meters. Wreck lays with her masts in 15 meters and her keel in 27 meters.
Best Time / Tide - Any. Very protected site in most weather conditions.
Highlights - Scuttled in 1982 for sport divers, 25 meter steel prawn trawler. Masts are thick with black corals, soft corals and tubastraea trees. Cardinal fish swirl amongst the corals in the open doorways at the base of the mast. Good quantities of fish life on and around the wreck Red lined anthias and Harliquin ghost pipefish found here. This site is protected from the south easterly winds.
11. MV Pacific Gas (Wreck):
Distance from Loloata - 3.1 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 16 to 30 meters Wreck lays with her mast in 9 meters and her rudder in 45 meters.
Best Time / Tide - Location is exposed so weather conditions must be right. Caution with moderate currents diving spring tides.
Highlights - Scuttled in 1986 for sport divers. Ship is 65.1 meters long. Tremendous quantities of fish surrounding the wreck. magnificent corals particularly on the mast. Resident lionfish, leaf scorpionfish and ghost pipefish. One of the two sites where the red lined anthias is found. Tidal currents run over this ship and the results are the tremendous quantities of fish surrounding her. The ever curious batfish join divers for the safety stop before ascent back to the boat.
12. The End Bommie:
Distance from Loloata - 3.5 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 6 to 20 meters
Best Time / Tide - Out going tide for fishlike
Highlights - Rhinopias (Merletts scorpionfish) and crocodile flathead are often found here. Walls covered with gorgonian fans, pink seawhips, tubastraea and soft coral trees. Falling tide brings vast quantities of fish life to feed in the current. Pygmy seahorses are not uncommon. A falling tide brings vast quantities of fishlife to feed in the current. A perfect safety stop at the anemone garden with the anemonefish before ascent.
13. The Big Drop:
Distance from Loloata - 3 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - From 10 meters down
Best Time / Tide - Any. Caution must be taken to avoid currents during spring tides.
Highlights - Sheer wall, large gorgonian fans in deeper water, chance of seeing sharks and rays due to this site being situated on the ocean side. Can be a great at the point of the wall with current running. The shallow top of the reef ranging from 8-10m deep is covered by hard corals galore and often a Napoleon wrasse being sighted. Abundant fish life, including pygmy seahorses.
14. The Tunnel:
Distance from Loloata - 2.9 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 5 to 15 meters
Best Time / Tide - Any. Strong winds and high seas make this site inaccessible.
Highlights - Small tunnel swim through in 12 meters, usually packed with fish. Sloping wall with seawhips, gorgonian fans and soft corals.
15. Suzies Bommie:
Distance from Loloata - 3.3 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 12 to 30 meters
Best Time / Tide - Exposed location. Caution must be observed with weather and currents.
Highlights - Pristine bommie situated on white sand. Plethora of corals and fish life. Superlatives cannot describe this dive site. Good site for pygmy seahorses.
16. Baldwins Bommie:
Distance from Loloata - 3.5 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 15 to 35 meters
Best Time / Tide - Any. Caution with strong winds and high seas.
Highlights - Something for all lens sizes, from extreme wide angle right down to extreme macro. Chance of encountering sharks and rays. Hard and soft corals abound. Large schools of fish with right current.
17. The Pumpkin Patch:
Distance from Loloata - 6.5 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 10 to 25 meters
Best Time / Tide - Any. Caution with high seas and moderate currents.
Highlights - Chance of seeing sharks. Abundant reef fish. Good coral cover, black coral trees, soft corals, gorgonian fans, staghorn corals, plate corals, ships. Many excellent cover shot opportunities.
18. The Chimneys:
Distance from Loloata - 6.8 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 6 to 30 meters
Best Time / Tide - Slightly exposed location, subject to moderate currents.
Highlights - Pelagic fish often seen cruising off the side of the bommie. Good macro life for those with keen eyes.
19. The Pinnacles:
Distance from Loloata - 9.2 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 10 to 35 meters
Best Time / Tide - Any. Moderate currents during spring tides.
Highlights - Passing pelagic fish quite common. Magnificent corals, especially gorgonian fax, pink seawhips and branching soft corals. Rich variety of resident reef fish. Pygmy seahorses. Sea snakes quite common. Excellent site for photographers.
20. Sandy Passage:
Distance from Loloata - 15.5 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 10 to 45 meters
Best Time / Tide - Incoming tide. Usually done as a drift up the channel.
Highlights - Abundant fish life waiting for passing morsels. Usually a good chance of seeing sharks, eagle rays and possibly mantas. Large gorgonian fans, barrel sponges, seawhips and huge tubastraea trees.
21. MV Justine (Wreck):
This former motor barge lies on a steep angle of a bommie. The vessel's funnel is about 4m below the surface and her bow rests at 18.8m. An abundance of reef fish make the wreck their home - barracuda, batfish, coral trout, fusiliers, many spotted sweetlips to name just a few. The hull is swathed in coralline algae, oysters, acropora, sea squirts and stinging hydroids.
22. Christmas Tree Bommie:
From a distance this coral head resembles the shape of a Christmas Tree. It is 11m on top and 20m to the base. Under the ledge you will find stingrays and sharks. It is good for both macro and wide angle photography/videography.
23. The Finger:
Comprises of sand and coral outcrops jutting from the outer reef wall. Due to it's location inside Basilisk Passage it captures a massive amount of fish life with frequent large pelagics and sharks.
24. The Fish Trap:
Several coral bommies situated very close together. Calm weather is required to dive here.
25. Pruth - Outside:
The outer reef slopes steadily down to 40m and then off into the abyss. A very pretty wall dive with passing pelagics when the current is running. olive sea snakes have been seen here.
26. Dinah's Delight:
A stunning dive consisting of 3 coral bommies with 3-4m wide cracks between crammed with gorgonian fans. The range of fish life on top is breathtaking - barracuda, trevally, snappers, surgeon fish and sweetlips. Rhinopieas have been found here. Grey reef sharks, sting rays, mantas and mobula are occasionally seen. An excellent dive with good incoming current.
27. Seba's Spire:
This volcano shaped bommie slopes down to 32m onto a sandy floor. The top is 6m deep and 5-6m in diameter with four different types of aneomone fish. The hard corals have been destroyed by rough seas but the soft coral life is good.
28. Nadines Passage:
Distance from Loloata - 7.6 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 5 to 50 meters
Best Time / Tide - A short drift on a rising tide.
Highlights - Massive gorgonians, expansive fields of soft corals mixed with pink seawhips. Walls and ridges adorned with beauty unsurpassed. Good chance of finding pygmy seahorses. Watch for rays in the channel and on the sand.
29. P.J.'s Passage:
Distance from Loloata - 21 nautical miles
Best Diving Depths - 10 to 40 meters
Best Time / Tide - Usually a drift on a incoming tide, but can be done as an outgoing drift. Inaccessible in any but good conditions.
Highlights - Home of eagle rays, occasionally mobula and sharks. Expect the unexpected. Its distance being close to 16 miles from Loloata makes it difficult to get to. Need calm weather for this dive.