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)
Description: 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