Dive Site: Second Reef, Lady Elliot Island

White spotted guitar fish at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Site Overview

Site Type: Scenic Reef and mega fauna
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 11MBottom: 19M
Location: Amongst the dive sites to the west of Lady Elliot

Description

It doesn’t matter how many times you dive the aptly named Second Reef, you’ll see something new and different each time. It has everything from a nursery of the smallest little fish to swirling packs of trevally – and everything in between. Here is just a sample of what we saw on a single dive.

A million little fish at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

A million (OK I didn’t count them individually) juveniles swirling around in the shelter of a bommie.

White spotted guitar fish at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

A White spotted guitar fish – identifiable by the large triangular dorsal fin.

Divers with Guitarfish at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

And this is how close he let us get before he decided we were ‘too close’.

Cow tail ray half covered in sand at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

In the same spot we saw this Cow tail ray half covered in sand.

Cow tail ray under a sandy blankey at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Clearly a Cow tail ray hides under a sandy blanket for a reason – it’s his ‘do not disturb’ sign.

Cow tail ray bolts at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

OK – guilty.  Again we got too close and she bolts.

Swallow diving turtle at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

It’s often too easy to forget to look up. If you remember to, you might see a passing manta, or a swallow-diving turtle.

Swallow diving turtle at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

This guy did the most gracefully plummet from surface to coral.

Turtle on staghorn at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Amazing how a turtle with four fins can land on staghorn without so much as chipping a single horn, whereas a diver with only two fins, can cause a decade’s worth of damage by a single accidental clip.

Relaxed turtle at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Though in most cases, even the turtles have respect for the coral and find somewhere else to snooze.

Batfish being cleaned at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Amongst the various fishlife we watched this Batfish being cleaned

Two bar soapfish at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

I spotted this Two Bar Soapfish – a first for me – that was my ‘not seen that one before’ point of the dive.

Dot and dash butterflyfish at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

And then close to the end of the dive, the focus usually drops to a single square metre of coral where the more you look, the more appears, like this pretty little Dot and dash butterflyfish

Blacksaddle toby at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

Followed by a Blacksaddle toby

Blacksaddle departs and spotted hawkfish pops up for a look at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

And as the Blacksaddle toby departs a spotted hawkfish pops up for a look

A swirling pack of Brassy trevally at Second Reef diving Lady Elliot Island. Scuba holiday travel planning for Lady Elliot Island - where, who and how

And finally, as promised, from the smallest to the largest, a swirling pack of Brassy trevally glides by.