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Dive Sites

coralAlbany has a host of amazing dive sites, with diving all year round.

Our premier site is the former HMAS Perth. It's stunning and best of all it's suitable for all divers from beginner to technical. Other sites we dive regularly for our charters include Seal Cove, The Cheynes III, The Cables and The Caves.

Some of what we find in the water also changes with the season. At different times of the year we will see different types of fish and breeding activities.

In summer, the water temperature ranges from 20 to 23 degrees. In winter, it's about 5 to 6 degrees cooler. 

We have 30 years diving experience in the Albany region, so whether you're interested in a charter or want to dive on your own, we can give you the low-down on these sites and a whole lot more. 

Beginner or professional, drop in or give us a call, we can point you in the right directions for all weather conditions.

Shore Dives

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The Cables

The Cables

 Location: Northern side of Breaksea Island, under the lighthouse - 100m offshore.

Description: Named after an old mainland communication cable that's tangled around and through the site. This site is a maze of tall bommies providing some of Albany’s best diving. Large fan & plate corals, sponges coat the bommies. Those with a sharp eye will find scorpion fish, western blue devils and nudibranchs. Large blue groper are also found cruising around this site. Like walking through the high rise area of a busy city, this site has hundreds of busy fish found in narrow deep swim throughs. Slip down between these granite walls and enjoy a spectacular dive.

Depth: 8 - 28m

Diver level: Open Water + 

Visibility: Good all year round.

Conditions: All winds barring NW – NE. Protected from any southerly swell.

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The Caves

The Caves

Bison Cave Location: SE corner of Michealmas Island. Identified by a jumble of broken rocks on the SE corner of Michealmas Island. Anchor on the sand line and swim in. 

Description: This is “Dive Albany” at some of it’s best. Discover huge caves, gorgonian fans, colourful sponges, shells, prolific fish life and the famous “Grinding Rock”. Swim around these amazing rock formations, feel and hear the grinding as this huge rock moves with the water. It’s both frightening and exciting at the same time. Swim through the many caves and grottos, which seem to go on forever. A torch is a must for looking into cracks and crevasses. You will be back.

Depth: 7-286

Diver level: Open Water + (note: overhead environments are not recommended for divers without appropriate training)

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Conditions: Best dived with 0 – 1m swell & SW – N winds as the surge can be quite severe inside these caves. Exposed to the easterlies.

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Seal Cove

Seal Cove #1

sealcoveLocation: Northern side of Breaksea Island, 250m from eastern end.

Description: Resident seals laze on the rocks just waiting to enjoy the company of any diver and ready to perform for photographers. In the very corner of this cove is an interesting rock overhang which is sometimes subject to surge. Taking a torch will bring out the colours of the sponges and coral even more. Out from this cave the depth drops off into 15 – 18m and you will find some interesting plate corals and gutters lined with Gorgonian fans. Port jackson shark may be found resting on the sandy areas between rocky outcrops.

Depth: 2 - 18m      Diver level: Open Water +

Visibility: Fair to good (12 - 20m)

Conditions: This site is sheltered from all winds barring strong windes from N – E.

Seal Cove #2

  Location: Approximately 80m north of the cove.seal1

Description: Here you will find a group of bommies that have some of the biggest gorgonian fans on their walls you are likely to see. Along with these fans are spires of southern black coral and the brittle star that makes them their host entwined in their branches. On the sand at the base of these bommies large king george whiting swim in schools. Reef fish of many species can be seen along the swim throughs. This site always has something new to offer with a broad range of marine life living on and visiting the site.

Depth: 18 - 30m

Diver lever: Experienced Open Water +

Visibility: Generally a good 20m. Visibility can be reduced during an extended easterly swell.

Conditions: This site is sheltered from all winds barring any strong from N – E.

 

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Cheynes III

Cheynes III

Location: 80 – 100m west of Michealmas Island. The site has a permanent mooring, which makes for easy and safe descent – ascent and boating. (A boat person/surface watch should always be present)

cheynes3Description: The idea of a "prepared dive wreck" in Albany came from the original owner of Southcoast Diving Supplies, Les Bail. His determination and forethought in promoting diving and dive tourism in Albany is still unparalled. Scuttled on June 23rd 1982, after many hours of preparation by Les's crew and the early members of South Coast Divers Club(now defunct), the Cheynes III became the first purpose prepared dive wreck in the Southern Hemisphere. The ex-whale chaser is now home for a diverse range of marine life. Hundreds of Bulls Eye swim around the bridge in vast schools and share the site with Queen Snapper, Blue Groper, Harlequin, Blue Devils and countless small colourful reef fish. Sea dragons are sometimes found in weedy areas just off the wreck. Sponges, soft corals, coral fans and marine plants litter the decks and gangways.

It is not advisable to enter the wreck due to its broken and corroded condition. 

Depth: to 23m

Diver level: Open Water +

Visibility: Average 10 - 15m, depending on conditions.

Conditions: A fantastic dive in most weather except for S-SW winds of any real strength. The site is well sheltered from easterly winds due to the proximity of Michealmas Island. 

Take a look at our clip of the hull of Cheynes III

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