Big Gota Sataya

The more popular reef is Small Gota Sataya, about 2km North of Big Gota.It is part of Fury Shoal, a collection of reefs over a 15km (East to West) and 7km (North to South) on a sandy bottom with a depth typically around 25m to 30m. Big Gota is not often dived, as the steep walls and current often make it challenging. It is one of the most underrated reef and we don't quite understand why,

 

The steep wall and the shelf at 25m on the South side of the reef, make it a lovely drift dive. The current usually carries around from the North, making the South quite sheltered. It can be dived by everyone in your party, just pick your depth and slowly make yourself back up as you swim along.The drop-off to 50m is some distance away, which means you are unlikely to drop much beyond the 30m mark. On the Eastern side is a lovely little cave at 10m which can be explored - often home to stingrays.

 

The boats tend not to stay there for long, as the current and wind change quickly at Big Gota Sataya. Skippers tend to leave immediately after the dive and make there way either to Sataya (Dolphin Reef) or to Small Gota or Malahi in the North.

Key numbers

Dive type: Reef

Length: -

Depth: 10m to 40m

Visibility: 20m+

Location: 24°11.92N, 35°39.18E

Difficulty: 2 Stars

Dive: 3 Stars

 

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Big Gota Sataya