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Dive Sites - North West




SITE NAME: Blizzard Ridge
LOCATION: Exmouth
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 13 Hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 14 Metres AVG DEPTH: 14 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 6 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: Approx 1 km out from the lighthouse at Exmouth.
DIVE INFO: Blizzard Ridge is a large rim of coral and reef. Around the rim there are lots of caves, crevices and overhangs. You should see Sharks, Lionfish, Rays, and Tropical reef fish. A very good dive site for all divers.

 

SITE NAME: Cod spot
LOCATION: Murion Islands - Exmouth
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 13 Hours by car, 75 min by boat DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 18 Metres AVG DEPTH: 16 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: This is a popular site with charter boats operating out of Exmouth. The Murion Islands are approximately 16kms north of Exmouth. Only experinced skippers with suitable vessels should attempt to access this area as sea conditions can be unpredictable.
DIVE INFO: The site features a long wall about 4m high covered in a variety of soft and hard corals. At the northern end of the wall is a sand patch which if crossed for approx 10-15m will lead to a large bommie. This is, during the season, a manta ray cleaning station. Several mantas can be at the location at any one time. The location got it's name form the presence of several large potato cod resident here. They will often follow a diver around the site as a large school or circle them during safety stops.

 

SITE NAME: Bar flats
LOCATION: Shark Bay
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 8hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 4 Metres AVG DEPTH: 3 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 5 Metres DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: 8 miles off the Peron Peninsula in the western gulf on a direct line from Denham to Sandy point on Dirk Hartog S 25 deg 20' 08" E 113deg 20' 49".
DIVE INFO: The area is patchy corals over sand. It is a popular fishing site so care is needed (make sure you have flags up) and some of the larger fish are missing. Lots of anemone fish, coral trout, baldchin grouper. Corals are wide spread with lots of sponges as well. Like many Shark Bay sites it is shallow.

 

SITE NAME: Eagle Bluff
LOCATION: Shark Bay
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 8hours by car DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 5 Metres AVG DEPTH: 2 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 10 Metres DIVE TYPE: SHORE
DIRECTIONS: Eagle Bluff is 30 minutes before Denham on west side the Denham Hamelin rd. Follow the dirt rd, for 4 km and take the left hand turnoff. If you miss the turnoff you will head up to the lookout Where you can see the site from anyway. From the Carpark go down to the beach and follow it along to the right to the base of the cliff enter here. Enter direct off the beach.
DIVE INFO: This is verging on a snorkel but there is so much to see scuba makes it easier. The site can be done in something of a loop. Swim out following the rubble line at the base of the cliffs. Great muck style diving with many chitons, some corals and lots and lots of fish. Here you can see many big schools of coral trout, tuskfish and lots of other fish. Seasnakes, dugong, dophins and sharks are sometimes spotted here. There are a couple of bommies with hard corals amongst the seagrass beds.

 

SITE NAME: Louisa Bay
LOCATION: Shark Bay
TRAVEL TIME (From Perth): 8.5 hours by car, 1 hour by boat DIVE RATING: Open Water
MAX DEPTH: 3 Metres AVG DEPTH: 3 Metres
AVG VISIBILITY: 5 Metre DIVE TYPE: BOAT
DIRECTIONS: GPS: S 25°45.73, E 113°04.77
Northern end of Louisa bay on the eastern side of Dirk Hartog Island. Anchor in sand on western side of patch. A good protected site in a westerly.
DIVE INFO: Large and diverse area of corals. Includes porites,turbinaria, Acropora and several soft. While a shallow dive it provides the opportunity to have a long poke around and see what is about. Lots of baldchin grouper, angel fish, damsels and beaked coralfish.
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