Dutchman’s Reef Hothttp://www.oonasdivers.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/378x284s/f5/ad/9b/517_dutchmans_reef_trinidad_and_tobago_1305574301.jpg
Dive Site Details
This reef is so-called after a 19th century warship that ran aground at the spot. There is some dispute about the origin of the wreck, but it often reported as being Dutch. However, one established marine historian who investigated the site some years ago is of the opinion that it is actually French and the reef has also become known under the alternative name of French Wreck Reef. The cannon of the warship and a small ballast pile are still visible. Located just inside Mount Irvine Bay, its consists of a gentle slope, rising from 16m to a crest at 4m. It is home to schooling reef fish and the swirling forms of silversides, anchovies and herrings. The shallow crest of Dutchman’s is ideal for photography with its nurseries of juvenile fish, octopus and seahorses. A little further out into the bay is Rainbow Reef, so named from the schools of rainbow runner seen here. There is also a large fisherman's type anchor possibly 17th century wedged upright as if to stop a ship running aground.