Overview of Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef

Mangel Halto Reef
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Site Review by
 George Stuart
Date: 02/19/2012

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  George Stuart Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    4.00
City:   Chicago Reef:    4.00
State:   Animal:    4.00
Country:   USA Plant:    3.00
Diving:   15 years Facilities:    2.00
 Dives:   Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.83
Snorkeled Mangel Halto with my son yesterday, weather, visibility, current were all great. It was a little windy and some wave action was present, but entry was very easy at the mangroves, and exit at the stairs likewise. Saw barracuda, turtle, all the typical reef dwellers. The Cabin Cruiser wreck is within the cove, and marked by a small buoy (a bleach bottle tied to a line) and is very hard to see from shore. Based on other descriptions, we were looking much too far out, past the breakers... which is where we saw the 'cuda and the turtle, but not where the wreck is. The wreck is in the cove, in the deeper water where the white sand is, favoring towards the mangrove end of the deep bowl within the cove. The best reef and fauna is out deeper, i.e. farther from shore, towards and past the breakers. Great site overall, lots of variety in depth, reef, and things to see. No wonder dive schools often bring their classes here from other areas.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    3.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2012
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    4.00
 
 


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