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Bassas da India, Mozambique Channel

Bassas da India
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Bassas da India, Mozambique Channe

Bassas da India is a small submerged atoll-like reef, located almost in the centre of the Mozambique Channel, situated around 110 km northwest from Île Europa and 385 km west from the eastern coast of Madagascar.

The reef is largely submerged, but at low tide emerges from the water to a height of 1-2 m. In addition there are a few rocks that are usually above water at all times — these being the only emergent parts of this reef-capped seamount that rises steeply from the seabed 3,000 m below. The reef rim averages around 100 m across and completley encloses a shallow lagoon that has a maximum depth of 15 m.


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The enclosed lagoon is full of coral heads and the small coral atoll at the north end (that covers at high tide) is the most prominant section of the reef and has a very old, large anchor on it. A narrow boat passage leads into the lagoon around 1M south of the northernmost point of the reef. The outer edge of Bassas da India has a very steep drop-off - a diver's paradise.

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  • It is possible to anchor off the easternmost point of the atoll in calm conditions but, be aware that the tide sets at about 1 knot across this side of the reef.

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  • Dive! Snorkel! Dive! Snorlel! Catch fish for dinner!


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