Overview of Baby Beach Reef

Baby Beach Reef

Baby Beach Reef
ABC Islands


Site Review by
 Mark J
Date: 04/21/2011


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Mark J Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Hopewell Reef:    4.00
State:   NJ Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    3.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   3.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    4.03
This was my third time here. This year we packed away from the crowds which tend to congregate at the eastern end of the cove. At the western end there are two artificial 'reefs' composed of construction detritus. There were many small Grunts (French, Smallmouth, Blue Stripped, and Caesar) and Fairy Basslets. Swimming out to the western channel we saw a few Trumpetfish. Visibility was the worst of all the sites we did on this trip. Exited the main cove at the eastern channel (most of the tourist snorkelers tend to congregate here and feed the fish so this is where you will see the most varieties (Sergeant Majors Tangs). Explored the channel leading toward Santana's Reef until the elkhorn corals formed a wall which allowed no more progress. Was a bit disappointed as last year there were many large Parrotfish here and amongst the elkhorm formations. Not so this year except for a few Stoplight, Queen and one absolutely beautiful Midnight Parrotfish. Also ventured out across the last breakwall to the sea. Here the visibility improved to crystal clarity and there were many Black Durgons.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    5.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Spring
Year:    2011
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00

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