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Doolittle's Grotto

Dive Spot

This dive site is off the western tip of Sandy Point and is named after a Dr. Doolittle, who was one of the first land owners in Columbus Landings to build a house. The dive area starts at 40 feet and the edge extends out and down to 170 feet to a vertical wall.

There is usually a big school of horse-eye jacks meandering over the reef during the entire dive. Big corals and barrel sponges are common around the reef.

Best Access to Dive Spot

The site is offshore from a house at the end of Sandy Point. Swim across the sand slope to the tunnel on the south end of the shallower ridge, go through that tunnel, and then follow the big crevice in front of you out to the deep valley.

Best Times to Dive

This should be your first dive in the morning.

Dive Depth

The depth under boat is about 40 feet on a gradual sand slope to the wall.

Dive Features

The wall here is basically a sand slope from 30 feet to 40 feet. It is broken up by two parallel ridges of coral, each over 50 feet thick. The ridges are riddled with tunnels that allow you to make your way down the wall. Through the big ridge near the boat, four tunnels lead to a sand bottom valley between the shallow and deep ridges; the second coral ridge has two bigger crevices splitting it into three section. The top of the outer coral is 60 feet and the deeper crevices will bring you out to a big sand valley at 120 feet.

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