Trip Reports from 2022

Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

Alas, even though the winds were light, the moderate (~1m) NE swell, it wrapped around the headland and into Gordon's Bay just enough that we decided a nicer dive would be had at Bare Island, a 20 min drive south.

It was already busy when we got there at 7:50am, but we were able to park not too far from the walk down. By the time we were kitted up, there was a steady stream of divers heading in. Steve & I headed along the NW side of the Island while Al buzzed around on his scooter. The water went from 'nice and refreshing' when getting in, to straight 'refreshing' at 5m and them 'almost chilly' for those in wetsuits by deeper (~14m) parts of the dive.

We made it a good way around the island and the sponges were looking fabulous. We came across one good-sized wobbie and there were more rays than you could shake a fin at in the shallows.

Post dive, we had a good coffee from Driftwood on the Bay before giving up our parking spots to the hoards wanting to bake themsel...

Bare Island

A photo from Bare Island

With Sydney producing perfect diving conditions Ben and Steve met at Bare Island at 7.30am to come up with a plan of attack, however, with no wind and minimal swell they were also joined by a good chunk of Sydney’s recreational dive community. To find some space underwater Ben suggested they have a crack at a drift style dive entering off Congwong Beach (thanks google maps) tracking along with the coast on their right and exiting at the usual spot under the Bare Island bridge.

After setting up a car shuffle to cart the heavy gear pre and post dive they kitted up and headed down the beach where Ben got his flash new dry suit gloves sorted and ready to go. Entering off the beach and dropping down over the ledge they headed towards the North side of the island for a look before passing under the bridge and pottering around for a while. As usual there was plenty to see with a few schools of fish, a decent sized octopus, a mean looking stone fish, and the hordes of rays that are alwa...

Jervis Bay

A photo from Jervis Bay

The eastern seaboard may be having the wettest summer in three decades, but the weather gods took a shine to this trip...possible to make up for the absolute lashing we got last time. Not only did I get a fun afternoon paddleboarding on the Friday, while others worked from 'home' or battled the Sydney traffic, but we got two days of diving!

On the Saturday we had a double dive with Dive Jervis Bay. Both dives were on the North side of Bowen Island. The first dive heading round to the Nurseries, and the second dive (in which I left my camera on the boat due to the murky conditions on the first dive) slightly further out to the ocean side and delivered in spades on the 'possibility' of grey nurse sharks.

On Sunday condit...