Well known for its pelagics, reef fish, corals and sponges
Karpata is well known for its prolific fish life. Many pelagic fish are seen at this dive site, along with the usual suite of reef fishes. A swim through a narrow, shallow channel between elkhorn coral is required to reach the shelf, which can experience quite a bit of surf. Unfortunately, most of the coral on the shallow part of the shelf gets frequently battered by storms.
The slope below the shelf rim consists of almost vertical buttresses and canyons that are heavily covered with corals and sponges. The base of the buttresses is about 30 meters (98 feet) deep. From there the slope is less steep and it is completely covered with plate coral descending to more than 40 meters (131 feet). While there is great diversity and density of species including turtles, octopuses, and large jacks at this site, it is the scenery that makes this dive outstanding.