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Kenya Scuba Diving

Dive Site: Nyulli Reef

Location: Shimoni, Kenya (04°40.70'S; 39°25.62'E)

Description: Reef dive

Depth: 34 metres (112 feet)

Visibility: 10 - 15 metres (30 - 50 feet)

Rating: ****

We dived at Nyulli Reef from liveaboard S.Y. Jambo before making the crossing to Pemba. The relatively flat reef has a marker buoy chained to it which leads you down to a depth of about 25m, where there is an overhang before the floor drops away to around 40m on a sandy bottom. At the base of the chain you will come across an overhang on the reef that creates a small cavern which was home to a giant grouper that was at least 2 metres long. He was completely un-phased by all the divers gawping at him, not moving an inch! As we swam along the crest of the reef we saw large shoals of sweetlips and 5-lined snapper and two Napoleon wrasse and a shoal of trevally cruised past. In another cavern there was another, not quite so big grouper. To finish the dive we headed back to the shot line at a slightly shallower depth just above the reef and saw nudibranchs, sea cucumbers and very large parrotfish. Nyulli Reef is not the most attractive reef in terms of coral but the sheer numbers of fish easily make up for this. A lovely dive.

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