North Pole Cave

Twenty five minute ride from marina.

Dive site is offshore from tall pole north of Clear Pond.

Type of mooring: fixed line with a pickup line on a float ball.

Site briefing: The depth under the boat is 35 feet on coral and hardpan bottom. The wall is just behind the boat and drops sharply from 40 feet to over 150 feet. To the north slightly the reef slopes gently to 65 feet and in the middle of the slope is a vertical cave leading down to a crevice that runs out over the wall at 110 to 150 feet. The cave looks like the kind of chimney that Santa Claus might drop through, hence the name. The vertical cave is half moon shaped and big enough for a diver to go down horizontally in free fall position. The crevice that it becomes is 4 to 10 feet wide and goes to the south. You need to watch your depth gauge as it is easy to drop well below 130 feet as you swim through the crevice. No light is needed. There is a long cut to the north of the cave that leads back up to the shallow top of the wall. This is the fishiest reef on the lee side. There are big schools of grunts, schoolmasters and Bermuda chubs. There is heavy coral growth along the wall edge and big sponges on the side of the deep wall around 100 feet. The mooring line is anchored near some beautiful pillar coral. Hammerheads are frequently seen passing on this dive. One of our favorite dives.

How to dive it: Swim across the top of the wall to the cave. Descend through the cave and swim over the big coral bridge at 100 feet. Go through the crevice at 120 feet and swim out over the deep drop. Take a left and swim north around the massive coral outcropping as you ascend to 100 feet. swim north about 150 feet to the big crevice on your right. Go up the cut to the top of the wall and work your way back to the boat on top of the wall.

We go there: usually on the first dive.