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Shore Dives

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Nelson Bay/Port Stephens
Halifax
Fly Point
Sea Horse Gardens
Pipeline
Little Beach
Shoal Bay
Swansea Bridge
Swansea Drift 
Catherine Hill Bay
The Coal Loader 
Terrigal Haven and Surrounds
Skillion Cave
The Haven
Lucy's Wall 

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Nelson Bay/Port Stephens
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Halifax

Halifax

Depth: 5-29m
Rating: Advanced

Halifax is one of the top shore dives in NSW that has an easy entry and exit point. Once in the water, the site slopes gently down to a sandy bottom at 29m.

Once you have entered the water, head due north. This site is home to white spotted moray eels, wobbegong sharks, maori cod, friendly blue gropers, pineapple fish, numb rays, eastern rock lobsters, many varieties of nudibranchs and if you are lucky you might find the elusive harlequin ghost pipefish.

This dive should be done on the SLACK tide only. The currents are very strong. It is best to dive the high slack tide as this produces the best visibility.

When surfacing, try do so close to the shore as this is a high traffic boating area.

There is a toilet block and outdoor showers just down the road at Little Beach, and closeby is a café at the Caravan Park “Bites by the Bay”.

 

 

 

Fly Point

Fly PointDepth 3-18
Rating: Open Water

Fly Point is the most popular shore dive in Nelson Bay. There is parking at the site and after gearing up its an easy walk down a flight of stairs to the entry point. The dive site is located just off the rocky point to the East of the marina.

This site has grass areas in the shallows and once in the water head north, north west where you will find ledges that drop to about 14-16m. Here you will find prolific sponge gardens teaming with marine life.

The site is home to a resident green turtle, shools of pineapple fish, blue ringed octopus, wobbegongs, blind sharks, lobsters, maori cod, frog fish, a huge variety of nudibranchs and heaps more.

This dive should be done on the SLACK tide only. The currents are very strong. It is best to dive the high slack tide as this produces the best visibility.

When surfacing, try do so close to the shore as this is a high traffic boating area.

There is a toilet block and indoor showers at the bottom of the park.

 

 

 

Sea Horse Gardens

Seahorse GardensDepth:
Rating: Open Water

Seahorse Gardens lies between Fly Point and the Marina. This dive should be done on the slack high tide, although you could get in the water 1-2 hours before that. There is an eddy that runs counter to the tide direction, so be mindful of that.

The site is home to seahorses, decorator crabs and basket stars that are hidden in the prolific cauliflower soft corals. You’ll also find angler fish, pipefish, nudibranchs, anenomes, cowries – a macro photographers dream.

 

 

 

 

 

Pipeline

PipelineDepth 3-14m
Rating : Open Water

The Pipeline is on the Western side of Nelson Bay Marina breakwall.  Entry is via concreted steps and a path cleared through the rocks to give divers easy access.

Pipeline is host to so many unusual critters, even more so at night.  There are so many different areas to explore, each with its own little eco system. 

It is common to find decorator crabs, pipefish, blue ringed octopus and many different species of nudibranch.

This dive should be done on the SLACK tide only. The currents are very strong. It is best to dive the high slack tide as this produces the best visibility.

If you are a critter/muck diving or macro nut, then this site will give you many hours of joy.

 

 

 

Little Beach

Little BeachDepth 3-10m
Rating: Open Water

Little beach is situated between Halifax and Fly Point.

This is a shallow dive to chill, explore around the jetty and discover the wooden piles north of the jetty. At about 10m swim west and you will find a large railway wheel fixed to a mooring followed by a framed structure and beyond this is bottom side to a wreck of a barge. 

This dive should be done on the SLACK tide only. The currents are very strong. It is best to dive the high slack tide as this produces the best visibility.

 

 

Shoal Bay

Shoal BayDepth 4-5m
Rating : Open Water

Often used as a training site for open water dives,  the large area of sea grass if home to fiddler rays, octopus, squid, cuttlefish and schools of yellow tail. Take your time and move slowly over the grass areas, you’ll be amazed at what you may find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swansea Bridge

Swansy BridgeDepth 12m
Rating: Open Water

Swansea Bridge is rated as one of the top ten jetty dives in Australia by SCUBA Diver Magazine. The bridge/jetty has a huge variety of sea life. You’re likely to see octopous, black cod, estuary cod, salmon, kingfish, eels, pineapple fish and so much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swansea Drift

Swansy DriftDepth: 10m
Rating : Advance

One of the few genuine drift dives Australia has to over. Highly recommended. The drift dive can be done on either an incoming or outgoing tide. The incoming tide gives the best visibility and should be dived about 2 hours after the Sydney high tide.

For those experienced enough that want a really quick drift dive to the caravan park, one hour after the Sydney tide is the way to go. The caravan park is approximately 1500 metres from the RSL Club to the boat ramp. 

 

 

 

 

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Catherine Hill Bay
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The Coal Loader

Catherine Hill BayDepth: 10m
Rating: Open Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrigal Haven and Surrounds
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Skillion Cave

The Skillion CaveDepth: 20m
Rating: Advanced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Haven

the havenDepth 13m
Rating : Open Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy's Wall

Lucy's WallDepth: 5.5m

Rating : Open Water

 

This has to be one of the best night dives around. Lucy's wall is also well protected from swells and currents so when all else fails try this little dive, only 5.5m maximum depth. The Sea-grass beds have lots of surprises for divers with a keen eye, including Anglerfish, Lionfish, Octopus, Nudibranchs, Scorpion fish, Morays, Sea Horses, Sponge, Crabs. Great for macro photography.

 

 

 

 

 

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