Dive Sites - Rottnest



SITE NAME: North Point - Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water - Advanced
MAX DEPTH: 26 Metres AVG DEPTH: 18 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 31°58.672, E 115°29.712 Located right off North Point at Rottnest Island.
DIVE INFO: Although there are various North Pt dives, this is the deepest part, a couple of kms offshore, the GPS reading should put you right over a large hole in the reef that drops from the reef top at around 18, down to the bottom at 26. You could spend your whole dive looking at this hole, take your time and look carefully, think small as well as big.

 

SITE NAME: 20M Ridge - Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Advanced Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 34 Metres AVG DEPTH: 30 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 31°56.65, E 115°33.897 Located North East of Rottnest Island.
DIVE INFO: A couple of kms offshore, this is a ridge at 20m surrounded by 32m of fairly flat reef.

 

SITE NAME: Jackson's Rock - Rottnest 
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Metres AVG DEPTH: 16 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS:
GPS: S 32°01.059, E 115°34.954
DIVE INFO: A nice site, lots of ledges, gullies and caves to be found. When the Leeuwin Current is flowing down from the north around autumn, you never know what you might happen upon here. A good spot for crayfish.

 

SITE NAME: Roe Reef - Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Metres AVG DEPTH: 18 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 31°58.500, E 115°32.151 Located right at the North East end of Rottnest Island
DIVE INFO: Right beneath the above location should lie the HUGE arch. This is another limestone reef formation, like all of those around Perth. Many swim thrus, canyons and caves. Cray divers haven here (when they are close to the island) and under the overhangs you will find the most amazing growths.

 

SITE NAME: Crystal Palace
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Meters AVG DEPTH: 15 Meters
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Meters DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32º 01.601, E 115º32.623
DIVE INFO: Situated on the south east side of the Island this dive site is spectacular.
Positioned approximately 850m South west of Dyer Island, 'Crystals' has a depth range of 8-18m.Entering the water, which is generally quite calm due to the position of the site, the first thing you will notice is the sheer amount of caves and swim throughs that you can see just from the surface.
Once you have had a good look around over the top of the reef, begin to explore the subterranean caves for more exciting encounters! On this dive expect to see large Samson fish, the occasional Dhufish, Western Blue Devils, Buffalo Bream, Morwongs, Box fish, Leatherjackets and of course Crayfish! The topography of Crystal Palace is just brilliant with constant caves, holes and swim throughs; this is a dive that you will not get bored with. The site covers around 6-800m of awesome reef, which will excite even the most experienced diver.

 

SITE NAME: Porpoise Bay Caves - Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Metres AVG DEPTH: 15 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°01.625, E 115°32.605
DIVE INFO: Almost directly linked to Crystal Palace, towards the Island, directly out of Porpoise Bay, Porpoise Bay Caves make for an exciting second dive after the 'Palace’Marine life you can expect to see here are similar to Crystal Palace and you can be sure to see something new every time you dive here!

 

SITE NAME: Parker Point Drop-off – Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 22 Metres AVG DEPTH: 10 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°02.049, E 115°31.346 Located on the southern side of Rottnest.
DIVE INFO: This is better as an early morning dive before the sea breeze makes it's usual definite summer's day appearance. The drop-off itself is pretty cool, like flying out over a cliff the top of which sits at about 4-5mtrs then plummets down to about a 10 mtr or so. Follow the drop-off with your echo sounder and anchor at the eastern end (about the GPS points given), jump in and go straight down the face and swim west, you will pass a few great overhangs that can be looked at on your way back to the boat as they are about midway up the wall. Where the cliff top starts to slope deeper go a little further on and you can find some nice finger sponges then turn around and head slowly up the face and back to your boat.

 

SITE NAME: Cigar Reef – Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water - Advanced
MAX DEPTH: 26 Metres AVG DEPTH: 15 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 31°58.672, E 115°29.712 Located north east of Rottnest Island.
DIVE INFO: It is a ridge that rises to around 15mtrs from the sandy bottom at 26mtrs. Best time of year for this site seems to be around January - April, outside of this, apart from the winter swells that come in May (or June if lucky), it seems to be an area that gets a dirty swirling current through it, making vis less than great. Even in mid summer you can find extremely cold currents and thermoclines wafting accross the reef, you can see them before you hit them.

 

 SITE NAME: Swirl Reef – Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 19 Metres AVG DEPTH: 15 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S32°00.045 E115°28.024 Located at the north west end of Rottnest Island.
DIVE INFO: The reef is formed like a crater with a hollow in the center and many swimthroughs accessable from the inside, especially the northwest and southeast sections of the reef. The most awesome swimthrough is accessable only from the outside and is again on the northwest side, with a huge cavernous opening at seabed level.

 

SITE NAME: Lady Elizabeth Wreck – Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 8 Metres AVG DEPTH: 8 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 32°01.145 E 115°32.872 
DIVE INFO: The Lady Elizabeth was a composite Barque that left Fremantle bound for Shanghai in 1878, she then founded off Rottnest Island. The wreck is located on the south side of Rottnest at Porpoise Bay, be wary of reefs when entering the area. Located NW of Dyer Island the site tends to be a very calm as the outer reefs protect it from all but the bigger swells.

 

SITE NAME: Macedon & Denton Holme wrecks – Rottnest
LOCATION: Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 4.7 Metres AVG DEPTH: 4.7 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 31°59.2700, E 115°33.3300
DIVE INFO: Located virtually on top of each other, these wrecks lie on top of Kingston Reef just out from Thompsons Bay. They have been prone to a lot of swell and surge, so apart from timber and iron remnants there is not a lot left. Watch out when you anchor near here and do NOT tie up to the big yellow mooring, as the local glass bottom boat cruises in here to show people the wreck.

 

 SITE NAME: Eagle Bay - Rottnest
LOCATION: North West corner of Rottnest
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 40 Mins (by boat) DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 4.5 Meters AVG DEPTH: 4.5 Meters
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Meters DIVE TYPE: SHORE or BOAT
DIRECTIONS: North side of the Island
DIVE INFO: Eagle bay is on the north side of the Island and is easily accessible by boat or a 5-minute swim from the shore. The bay itself, beautiful with crystal clear water and almost white sand, makes it a haven for snorkelling and sunbathing. Hop into the water just in front of (the Ocean side) the reef, which protrudes up from the surface and is easily visible from the beach. Descend here. Once you hit the bottom you have 2 options, you can head to the right, which is a reef wall that runs down to the sand and goes around to form a large arc. The other option is to swim directly toward the reef, which has a small cave in it. Enter the cave and follow through to the end.
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