There are many interesting dive sites existing on this stretch of coastline, ranging in depths and locations. Many areas are not dived, as access is very limited. Crayfish, black and green abalone are the predominant species captured to take home for a meal.
Galleries of Reef Dives
Z-REEF in 12-18 metres, provides the diver with tantalizing glimpses of the elusive Southern Rock Lobster in his natural environment. The reef zigzags parallel to the shoreline with many overhangs and some very nice swim throughs. Here you may spot Port Jackson sharks piled on top of each other under a ledge. The area has prolific flora and fauna, weeds, sponges and zoanthids in a fabulous array of colours. You will meet blue devils, old maids, schooling pike and at times, very inquisitive and friendly seals.
THE OLIVES in 2-10 metres, is located in the Point Addis Marine Park. Lying some 2 kilometres offshore it almost touches the surface. This area was a favourite haunt of the local cray fishermen before the introduction of the Marine Park, to protect the sea grass meadows and the leafy sea dragon. This area is very pretty and contains a cave in the center with a chimney, where crayfish line the inner ledges.
MUSHROOM ROCK in 2-10 metres, is shaped like a mushroom rising to the surface. You can do a complete lap under the umbrella of the rock, but watch out you don't land on a sleeping wobbegong.
VICTORIA TOWERS in 5-8 metres, is a iron barque sailing ship which hit the reef in 1869. She is mostly flattened, but with her structural cross members exposed and side plates lying flat beside her. This is a protected historic wreck and has a large quantity of broken crockery, bottles and slate still to be seen. She had some clay pipes in her cargo and occasionally a diver will find one in the sand that comes and goes, hiding then exposing new treasure. There is always surge in this area and plenty of fish hanging around. There is a huge mast lying on the heavy inshore reef, often protected by its own large wobby. One of the prettiest, fun dives around, enjoyed by everybody who does it.
5 KG REEF in 8-10 metres is where I caught the largest cray in 13 years of cray fishing and this one was caught by hand while diving on a fouled cray pot.
Pt.DANGER Ledges has 3 different areas and depths of prime heavy reef, up to 4m high ledges in places that run up to 2 klm parallel to shore. First ledge 12-18m, Second ledge 18-24m, Third ledge 26-30m. These areas are sites too see, always something new or different. Pt.DANGER Photos
There are many reefs in the Torquay area that have not been dived in the past and we are slowly exploring them and adding to our available dives. The reefs range from two metres right through to fifty metres, catering for all levels of diving.
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