Let’s dive into some of Western Australia’s hidden treasures that lurk beneath the surface.
Arguably one of Perth’s most popular and amazing diving locations is Rottnest Island. The island contains numerous diving and snorkelling locations including 14 shipwrecks, endless reefs and some caves. Each location is filled with a diverse and extensive range of marine wildlife ranging from spectacular corals to a multitude of species of fish. Rottnest Island is just a 45 minute ferry ride from Fremantle.
Shoalwater Islands Marine Park
Located just off the coast of Rockingham, this marine park has its own designated dive park painted with cavernous reefs, an ocean floor covered in seagrass, and a whole ecosystem brimming with fish and coral. The surrounding area contains many shipwrecks and small islands, you can even see penguins and seals as they venture across from Seal and Penguin Island.
10 Metre Spire
One of the hidden treasures on Rottnest Island, the 10 Metre Spire is not one for beginners. The top of the reef begins around the 10 metre mark and continues all the way down to around 18 metres, with a maximum depth of 27 metres. If you swim further north you will come across a massive cave that is usually filled with marine life. This dive site can be accessed via a 60 minute boat ride.
North Point Reef
Adding to Rottnest Island’s array of beautiful diving sites, North Point Reef averages about 20 metres in depth and can reach a maximum of 30 metres. A large ravine can be found on top of the mound that is approximately 14 metres in along the reef and stretches all the way down to 26 metres. This site can be accessed via a 60 minute boat ride.
This dive site is open water and is located off Salmon Bay on Rottnest Island. It contains a long limestone reef strip that is covered in soft and hard corals. There are plenty of swim throughs, ledges and a cave towards the north end of the strip. Average depth is 15 metres and can go as deep as 27 metres. Here you will find a spectacular and diverse range of marine life. The site can be accessed via 50 minute boat ride.
An open water dive site located at Safety Bay, near Rockingham that has an average depth of 4 metres and a maximum of 7 metres. Several large swim through caves can be found on the sea side of the main reef with occasional sightings of dolphins, seals, stingrays and crayfish. To access this reef, follow Point Peron Road to the end, turn left, then turn right into the carpark. Water entry is 80 metres to the right, swim 100 metres across the surface to the edge of the reef.
Boy In A Boat Reef
An open water dive site located at Hillarys Boat Harbour with an average depth of 4 metres and a maximum of 7 metres. This is a fairly easy dive trail filled with various plaques and is most suited to beginners. You will find a mixture of weedy reefs, couple of caves, and some swim through ledges.
For more advanced divers, the Key Biscayne, is a sunken oil rig that is located off the coast of Lancelin and has an average depth of 25 metres and a maximum of 44 metres. The site can be accessed via 30 minute boat ride from Lancelin along with a 2 hour surface interval.
A former steamer that now lies at the bottom of the ocean, is located at Point Peron and is approximately 8 metres deep. The old hunk of metal is now home to a thriving ecosystem which can be seen around the hull. Be cautious of heavy undertows as it can push you into the wreck quite easily. The site can be accessed via 20 minute boat ride.
Located in Coral Bay, is an untouched coral reef inhabited by brain coral that acts as a natural cleaning station. Up to 20 sharks at a time can be seen flocking to these coral patches to have their teeth and gills cleaned. There is an abundance of beautiful marine life including a few species of turtles. This site must be accessed via boat and can be done through charter companies.
The HMAS Swan is a 113 metre long decommissioned naval destroyer that was sunk in 1997 and is currently one of the largest shipwrecks in the southern hemisphere. Located approximately 3 hours south of Perth, the sunken ship is home to a diverse range of marine life including Samoa and Blue devil. The Ship sits 30 metres underwater and is more suited for advanced divers.
There is such a plethora of diving opportunities available in Western Australia and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Each location will have available charters that will take you out to the specified sites or travel using your own boat. If you are considering buying a boat, or it is in need of some TLC, contact the friendly professionals at Razerline for all your boating advice.