Along the south coast of the island is a chain of barrier islands, protecting boats sailing up and down a shallow channel. The channel is no good to dive, but it does mean that the reef on the outside is as good as free of boat traffic and therefore safer for divers. The reefs here gradually slope down to a maximum depth of 40 meters/130 feet. In some places they are centuries old. Generally the area in front of the most southern barrier islands is considered the most beautiful. There are some wreck scattered along the south side of the island as well, most of them sunk intentionally as artificial reefs.
A dive site of note on this side of the island: Palm Slope
In front of De Palm Island lies a beautiful reef. Starting from the barrier island it slopes down gently to a depth of 14 mtr/46 ft when it suddenly drops off to a depth of 40 mtr/130 ft. The best way to experience this dive is to swim along the edge, peering down into the depth to see Spotted Eagle rays gliding by and looking for Moray Eels in the coral. End the dive on the colorful shallow part of the reef to see a healthy fish population and if you’re lucky, a turtle or two.