Parlatuvier Bay
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London Arch
London Bridge
London Bridge

The most famous dive in Charlotteville, London Bridge is the largest in a group of three rocks and easily recognizable with its huge, natural arch that extends over the water.

The highlight of this dive is exploring the passage through the arch but can only be attempted when surface conditions are good and currents are manageable.

The dice can be done in several ways depending on the current but normally starts on the northern side at 45 feet.

The reef is made up of massive boulders covered mainly with small gorgonians and encrusting sponges and forms enormous overhangs and cervices where turtles, lobsters and porcupine fish hide. You are guaranteed to see large schools of tarpon along the rocky ridge. 

On approaching the archway, there are steep walls covered in massive deep-water sea fans, sponges and encrusting gorgonians. Parrotfish, chromis and small shoals of grunts are the main fish here.

Wide sand channels with long Devil's sea whips and wire coral lead the way to the entrance of the arch that starts at 35 feet.

Divers must enter one at a time as the opening is only five feet wide and gradually expands to about 10 feet with the length of the passage approximately 100 feet long.

If surface conditions are rough, the surge within the passage will be very strong and divers must be negatively buoyant upon entry into the archway.  Keeping close to the rocky bottom is essential.

It is possible to hold on to the rocks at the base for support as it is completely void of coral. The highest point within the arch is 30 feet.

Once through the archway, divers must descend to the sandy bottom at 50 feet.

Depending on the direction of the current the dive can either continue east where the reef slopes gently or west where the reed drops steeply to a sandy bed at 150 feet. The coral and fish life on this side of London Bridge is prolific.

 

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