Dive Sites - South West



SITE NAME: Canal Rocks
LOCATION: Dunsborough
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 3 Hours DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 20 Metres AVG DEPTH: 17 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT/SHORE
DIRECTIONS: Get down to Dunsborough and ask the local dive shop, its not hard to find.
DIVE INFO: Dive around the right side of the point.
Get into the water in the canal, and swim outwards to the point, when u reach the point, descend.
The underwater life there is so beautiful, and there's lots to catch if you are interested: blue grouper, dhufish and harlequin, together with some crayfish.
 
SITE NAME: Sugar Loaf Rock
LOCATION: Dunsborough
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 3 Hours DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 22 Metres AVG DEPTH: 17 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE
DIRECTIONS: Get down to Dunsborough and ask the local dive shop, its not hard to find.
DIVE INFO: The site is an awesome dive. Lots to see, and lots to catch if you are interested.
The only thing that makes this dive difficult is the entry and exit, going up and down rocks and gravel. Be careful not to slip and fall.
 
SITE NAME: HMAS Swan
LOCATION: Dunsborough
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 3 Hours DIVE RATING: Advanced (Dive Guide Recommended)
MAX DEPTH: 31 Metres AVG DEPTH: 20 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: Get down to Dunsborough and book with a dive shop to go out. Located approx 1.5 kms North from Melup Beach. There are several bouys to mark the wreck.
DIVE INFO: The site is an awesome dive. The HMAS SWAN shipwreck was sunk purposely in 1997 for divers, the wreck lies upright in 31 meters of water, over 113 meters long and over 20 meters wide. One dive is certainly not enough to fully explore the wreck. The average visibility in this area is 18-25 meters. In the short time the SWAN has been down, she has already become home to 80 different species of fish. This is a dive not to be missed while you are visiting Western Australia. The wreck is fairly safe for penetration as holes have been cut in the hull to the point that at almost no time are you not within light entering the wreck.
 
SITE NAME: Busselton Jetty
LOCATION: Busselton
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 3 Hours DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 8 Metres AVG DEPTH: 8 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 15 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE/BOAT
DIRECTIONS: Can't miss it from Busselton Beach. You can also go out in one of the dive shops boats.
DIVE INFO: This is the second longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. Best area to dive is about the last 300mtrs of the jetty. The simplest method of getting out is a boat, you don't need anything huge as it's very protected here and the ramp is right next to the jetty. This is a one of the top 40 dives in the world and is a great night dive.
 
SITE NAME: Anchor Rock, Michaelmas Island
LOCATION: Albany
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 4.5 hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Metres AVG DEPTH: 12 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS:
Located on the western end of Michaelmas Island.
DIVE INFO: A myriad of boulders which have tumbled down from the side of the island over thousands of years creating sensational boulders and caves and swim throughs covered in colour and fish life. Check out site map at www.albanyscuba.com.au
 
SITE NAME: Fish Eyes
LOCATION: Bremer Bay
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth):   DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 16 Metres AVG DEPTH: 14 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 15 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: Proceed to Black Point from the Fishery Beach Marina. Approximately half way along the cliffs you will find a sculpted rock hole in the shape of an eye socket. Anchor at the base of this. Once in the water, proceed east following the cliffs.
DIVE INFO: Reef line along sand which consists of granite bolders covered with a wide variety of hard coral, soft coral and sponges. You will find a wide variety of fish life and echinoderms. Towards the end of this dive you will come into "leafy sea dragon country" which we often see at this site. You can often see sea lions and occasionally turtles.
 
SITE NAME: Michaelmas Island Fingers
LOCATION: Albany
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 4 hours by car DIVE RATING: Advanced
MAX DEPTH: 30 Metres AVG DEPTH: 25 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: Located on the eastern end of Michaelmas Island.
DIVE INFO: Granite fingers extending from the eastern end of the island. At the end of the fingers there is a mass of canyons/crevasses which are covered in huge gorgonian fans; soft and hard corals and endless colour. This site is a photographers dream. Numerous unusual macro creatures. Unbelievable fish life.
 
SITE NAME: Middle Rock - Herald Reef
LOCATION: Albany
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 4 hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 17 Metres AVG DEPTH: 12 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 20 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: Locate between Michaelmas Island and Herald Point.
DIVE INFO: A beautiful limestone reef. Kelpy on to but on the sides of the reef and under the reef is beauty beyong belief. Colour and marine life found normally in excess of 30 metres. A must visit site for photographers. Check out site map at www.albanyscuba.com.au
 
SITE NAME: Mutton Bird Island
LOCATION: Albany
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 4 hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 12 Metres AVG DEPTH: 8 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 15 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE
DIRECTIONS: 20 Kms due west of Albany.
DIVE INFO: Comfortable shore dive either from beach if you have 4wd or if not it is a 100m walk down a hill from the car park with your equipment. Easy entry from sandy beach. Large island in front of beach is Shelter Island and Mutton Bird island is around to the left of the beach. This is a good shore dive for newly qualified divers and is quite a good night dive.
 
SITE NAME: Sandra's F.S.
LOCATION: Bremer Bay
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth):   DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Metres AVG DEPTH: 14 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 15 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S34°28.051, E119°21.370
Dillon Bay - Little Boat Harbour Small boat launching off beach approx 400 metres off shore.
DIVE INFO: Plate coral bommie that starts at 18m and rises to within 8m of the surface. Approximately 1/4 acre large with one end flat plate stacked on top of each other. The other end, the plate is flower vase shaped reaching toward the surface. A large variety of fish, blue grouper in particular, with clouds of swallowtails and old wives along with a large variety of other fish. The sponge life and invertebrates are very colourful and a photographers dream!. At the top of the bommie on the south-eastern side there is a large area of gorgonian fans.
 
SITE NAME: Tourist Rock - Cheynes Beach
LOCATION: Albany
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 4.45 hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 13 Metres AVG DEPTH: 10 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 15 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE
DIRECTIONS: 80Kms east of Albany at Cheynes Beach.
DIVE INFO: Step entry from granite rocks. Good safe shore dive and the diver can either swim east or west along the face. Good selection of marine growth and fish life. Best in all winds except e - s/e. Good for all levels of divers.
 
SITE NAME: HMAS Perth
LOCATION: Albany (Western Australia)
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 4 hours by car DIVE RATING: Advanced
MAX DEPTH: 36 Metres AVG DEPTH: 25 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 15 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S35°04.790, E117°58.060
Has a yellow special marker on top and surrounded by 10 mooring bouys. 6 yellow commercial and 4 red public.
DIVE INFO: The ship was brought from the USA in 1963 and was decommonisned from servive in 1999. It had done 2 tours in Vietnam where it was last last Australian warship to be hit by enemy fire. The ship is 133 metres long 14.2 metres wide and 42.7 metres tall. It was fitted with 2 5inch guns. Only one of these guns are still onboard.
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