Dive Site: Cod Hole Coral Sea

Divers and potato cod at Cod Hole diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

Site Overview

Site Type: Mega fauna (potato cod); Reef –Photographic
Depth: Bottom: 10M
Location: Great Barrier Reef about 20 kms east of Lizard Island

Description

Cod Hole is one of the best known dive sites in the world and is located on the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia on ribbon reef number 10. It is notable for and is named after the dozen or so potato cod that live there. The potato cod at the site can weigh 6–30 kg, having been fed by divers for the last 20 years.

Potato Cod at Cod Hole diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

The curious cod are relaxed around people and tend to move around slowly inspecting divers, or hang near-motionless, providing excellent photo opportunities.

Potato Cod at Cod Hole diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

The water is relatively shallow and protected by the reef, and can be suitable for experienced snorkelers.

Divers and potato cod at Cod Hole diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

The large fish and sandy bottom give the impression of being in an aquarium.

Potato Cod at Cod Hole diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

Words and Pictures by Pete McGee, GoodViz Photography, GoodViz Productions, diving with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions.