* Difficulty : 1
* Current : 1
* Rather easy diving suitable for beginners and for check dives.
* An ideal spot when the sea conditions are not optimal elsewhere.
* Here you can see Spotted eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) and Manta rays (Manta birostris) in the summer.
* Since this site is fine for a lunch break, the shamandura is often crowded with many boats, especially in the late morning hours.
As ist name implies, this site lies in the central part of the bay between Far Garden and Near Garden, more or less on a line with the impressive Hyatt Regency complex.
Totally sheltered from wind, waves and currents, Middle Garden has a fixed mooring point just opposite the central section of the hotel. Dives are made onto a vast sandy plateau that is from 6 to 10 meters deep; from here you can go northeast, keeping the reef to your left and then descending to a maximum depth of 14 meters, where you will see the drop-off.
After having gone a few dozen meters, the plateau narrows, giving rise to a beautiful avenue of white sand bordered by madrepores. Experienced divers who have a good reserve of air can go as far as a group of three madreporic pinnacles situated at precisely the mid-way point between Middle and Far Garden: because of ist fixed mooring this site is used as a diving point itself that many instructors call Middle-Far Garden.
An alternative is a drift dive heading southwest towards Near Garden; naturally, this can be done when the tide is ebbing and the current is favourable.