Beautiful Nurses and Wobbegongs!

Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
Trip End Dec 10, 2010

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Boy are we glad we came here! The scuba diving was right up there with our Similan Islands experience! Where do we start.....

We booked a half day's diving (2 dives) with the Fish Rock Dive centre and stayed in the motel beside the dive shop as part of an accommodation/ dive deal.

We went out to the dive site with a Danish couple, the outfit's owner John and a dive instructor, Larry who was going to guide us to the best spots. Our first dive was to the shark gutters at the southern end of Fish Rock Cave. As we descended into the gutter at first we were watching where Larry was taking us until suddenly there were 3 huge Grey Nurse sharks beside us! The further we descended into the gutter the more sharks swam around us watching curiously as we stared at them wide eyed. At one stage we counted about 30, then gave up and just relished the experience in swimming with these magnificent docile creatures. We also saw plenty of Wobbegong (or carpet) Sharks blending in with their surroundings so much so that it was easy to miss them until you were practically on top of them!

On our second dive we turned on our torches and entered Fish Rock Cave at 24 metres. Stephen was in front and as he entered the darkness of the cave a huge wobbegong about 3m in length swam out of the cave and straight into him. What happened over the next few minutes was enough to have us drinking the seawater we laughed so hard! Sorry Stevie! The shark turned sideways in front of him and all we could see was the shark's head under one arm and his tail under the other as both of them struggled to get away from each other because they both kept going the same directions, the funniest sight ever! At least he got to cuddle a wobbegong!

The cave dive was great and we saw tons of wobbegongs, stingrays and crayfish before coming out the other side to more abundant fish life including turtles, eels and clownfish.

After a fantastic day's diving we didn't hesitate to cancel our bus that evening and book another 2 dives the next day. Yet again the visibility was 30+ metres and the water was about 23 degrees celcius.

It's easy to see why this place is in the top 10 of dive sites in Australia but it's not very well known so the dive operations are small making it a more personal and enjoyable experience :)
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lesandsteve on

Re: Helloa
Cheers for the message ;) We started diving about 8 years ago. Did a discover dive in Greece and then we were hooked! So we did our Open Water course at home and then our Advanced Course a year later. It's a great sport in warm or cold water anywhere in the world! How's South America treating you guys?

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