An absolutely stunning autumn day. Not a breath of wind, the ocean as flat as a lake and the visibility very good. The full moon had created high tides and we set out from the right hand beach side just after high tide. Sea life not as abundant as it often is but some interesting sightings including a Painted Anglerfish, Gloomy Octopus and Stars and Stripes Toadfish.
Wind and swell were both southerly which made the north-facing Leap to Steps site at Kurnell a good choice. Entered from the jump-off ledge at The Leap on an incoming tide and swam NE over the kelp and boulders to the ledge that juts out over the sand line. From there we turned left heading West along the sand line as a one-way drift-dive to The Steps. Vis was rather good at 10m but dropped a bit the further into the bay we got. The sea life was diverse with 3 types of cuttlefish, seahorses & weedy sea dragons being the stand out sightings - several of each including a pair of sea horses clinging to coral together.
Overcast skies but without any rain and virtually no wind, conditions were great. From the boat at Long Reef there was almost none of the usually strong surface current and the water had good solid 10m visibility. Having dropped down the anchor line we were immediately approached by a Grey Nurse Shark that literally swam through the group of divers and between my buddy and I. Soon after we spotted a second Nurse shark that passed by several times and then a third. There had been a number of reports of Grey Nurse sharks at Long Reef of late and it’s not their usual location so this may indicate the colony from Magic Point are migrating out. We circled out and back over the boulders and reef edge. A good diversity of sea life and a massive school of Pomfrets in a cloud at mid-water.
Skies remained overcast for this second dive but the wind was still very low and the water smooth. However the visibility down the anchor line was much reduced from the first dive; particles in the water and 5m vis. Still, Old Mans Hat is always an interesting dive with coral gardens, boulders and kelp beds. Wobegongs seemed to be everywhere, perched on top of the large rocks. We circled out and back to the boat finding a weedy sea dragon in the kelp on the return swim.
A perfect Sydney diving day. No wind, no swell, clear water and a rich diversity of marine spread over gardens of soft corals and sponges. Entered at The Leap and went with the incoming tide as a one-way drift along the boulders, kelp gardens and sand line toward The Steps exit point. Numerous weedy sea dragons along with seahorses, cuttlefish and nudibranchs were the highlights.
A dark and rainy day coupled with a southerly wind pushing a solid swell into the heads; not the best day to get underwater. But still, we braved the elements and found a sheltered and calm spot near the old quarantine station at North Head. Lack of light from the surface and murk in the water made visibility rather poor, starting at 4m and dropping to less than 2m by the time we turned. But even the low vis didn't turn away a good diversity of sea life with a Green Turtle being the highlight.
First dive of the year and some of the most perfect surface conditions I’ve ever seen at Voodoo; barely a ripple on the water, low wind, high tide and sunny, cloudless day. Visibility was also very good at about 10m+. The water however was strangely cold at just 15 deg, comparable to mid-winter rather than mid summer.
Dove south the channel and then through the reef arch and on with the reef on the right. Second dive, we turned before the arch and followed the contour lines of the rocks down to the kelp beds. Schools of sweep and scad were abundant, weedy sea dragon, porcupine fish and green moray eel made up the highlights.
A hot and sunny Sydney summer day. But the wind was starting to pick up from the west. We entered from the beach and dove the left hand side of Shelly round to Fairy Bower. The vis was a little cloudy but the shallow depth and plenty of sunlight helped. We followed the kelp and rock edge round to the larger boulders. A number of mid sized Wobbegongs and the typical diverse array of fish.
First Sydney boat dive I've had in almost 6 months. Hot, sunny, beautiful day but as we took the hour long ride down to Magic Point the wind picked up very strong out of the north east. This made the seas a bit lumpy, though I managed to avoid a sea-sick puke.
Underwater however there was almost no surge or swell and the vis was a very good 10-15m. We started just north of the shark cave and swam south to the first cave. Giant cuttlefish came straight out to meet us and a huge bait-ball of catfish was near the cave entrance. We continued on to the second cave and saw a couple of Grey Nurse sharks along the way. We then dropped down to the sand-line before coming back to the fist cave and the boat.
The wind had picked up very strong out of the North East, so we opted for the shelter of Old Mans Hat at North Head. Once in the shadow of the cliff face the wind was non-existent and the sea calm and smooth. Vis was murky for the first 5m but cleared beneath to a respectable 7-10m. We descended over the boulders down to the sand line and through excellent sponge and coral gardens over the rocks. Saw half a dozen large Wobbegongs including three different varieties - Spotted, Banded and the less common Ornate Wobbegong.. Cuttlefish were also out and dense schools of one-spot pullers. Highlight was a huge Smooth Stingray that swam right toward us and very close by.