Car Cemetery - Sandy Beach Dive Centre (2019)

Car Cemetery

Site Info:

  • Boat Trip: 12 min
  • Depth: 16-18m
  • Dive Time: +-50 min

What can we see?

Snapper, Honeycomb Moray Eel, Cowtail Ray, Barracuda, Eagle Ray or Mobula (Devil) Ray, Trumpetfish, Arabian Boxfish, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Arabian Angelfish, Flounder, Seahorse, Nudibranch, Lionfish, Undulated Moray Eel, Pufferfish

Site Description:

The main site is about 60m x 60m in open water, but total area covers at least 200m x 200m.

This site is a great example of a successful and thriving artificial reef where otherwise there would only be a sandy bottom. Back in the 1980’s approximately 200 cars and truck (lorry) frames, chassis, and engine blocks were deposited on the ocean floor in close proximity to each other to create an artificial reef for local fisherman.  Storms over the years have spread the parts over a much larger area.

Descend down the line and arrive at the top of a large truck chassis teaming with beautiful purple, yellow, orange, blue, and red Soft Coral as well as schooling Snapper.  There are several resident Honeycomb Moray Eels that move between this frame and a few other large frames nearby.  You may even seem them swimming between the sections!  Out on the edges in the sandy bottom you may see a large Cowtail Ray resting, or just above the seafloor you may see schools of Barracuda, or a small group of Eagle Ray or Mobula (Devil) Ray. 

Make your way along the rope that connects the various truck and car sections and you are greeted by Trumpetfish, Arabian Boxfish, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Arabian Angelfish, and Flounder

Each car and truck frames has various types and colors of Soft Coral. Slow down and look carefully at these and you might find one of the two large resident Seahorses with its tail wrapped around the coral.  Along the hard coral encrusted car/truck frame you can find numerous species of Nudibranch.  Also in these artificial reefs are Lionfish, Undulated Moray Eel, Pufferfish

The size of the site, along with stronger currents and changing visibility (due to the sandy bottom), can make navigating this site challenging even for the experienced diver. Using a dive guide is recommended until you become more familiar with the site.  Alternatively, you must have a Safety Marker Buoy (SMB).

You have the option of making your way back to the ascent line for your safety stop, or just send up your Safety Marker Buoy where you are, complete your safety stop, and the boat will come pick you up!

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