30 September to 3 October 2011
Total cost: $465 for divers and $210 for non-divers
Join us as we head to the North Solitary Islands for some of Australia’s best diving. The trip will fill fast so make sure you get in and book your spot today.
North Solitary Islands
The North Solitary Islands host a mix of tropical and temperate organisms.
Anemone Bay on North Solitary Island is something to be seen. There are thousands of sea anemones in this one bay and the anemones host a number of species of anemone fish. In addition to the anemones, there are various corals, including staghorn corals (Acropora sp.) and many species of tropical fish are seen regularly, including butterflyfish, angelfish, surgeonfish and clown triggerfish. There are also nudibranch, cowries and sea stars. Other sites around North Solitary Island include Elbow Cave, Bubble Cave and The Boulders all with their own charm.
- 3 nights accommodation (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) in shared cabins. Bring your own linen/sleeping bag and towel.
- 3 breakfasts (Saturday/Sunday/Monday morning)
- Soup, cakes and coffee between dives
- Barbecue on Saturday night
- 2 double boat dives with second tank and air fills (double dive Saturday/double dive Sunday.
- Divers need to bring one full tank with them.
- Gear hire is not included. You must provide your own dive equipment. Please ask us for hire rates.
- Dinner on Friday and Sunday night and lunch on Saturday, Sunday and Monday not included.
- Spending money, insurance and travel is up to the individual and not included in the tour price.
We will be staying in Wooli and you will need to make your own way up from Sydney. It’s a 6 to 8 hour drive up the F3 and Pacific Highway. The trip is booked with Wooli Dive Centre.
Get in and book your spot as they are tipped to go quickly.
On the last weekend in July, 6 divers headed to Forster, NSW for a weekend of diving. Our main aim as to see grey nurse sharks but would be happy with some good diving. The trip was organised through the club and we were diving with Action Divers, Tuncurry.
We each drove up to Forster in our own cars with our arrivals spread between 5 and 10pm on Friday night. We stayed in cabins at Lana’s Caravan Park in Forster. The cabins were very good, each with a lounge area, bathroom with shower and two bedrooms with bunks.
On Saturday morning, we met John from Action Divers at his boat in the Forster channel. After stowing our gear we headed off to The Pinnacle, so named because it is a pinnacle of rock that rises from around 50 metres to just above 30 metres. We headed down the anchor line to be greeted by a raging current and visibility of only around 3 metres. Once we got to the bottom of the anchor line at around 35 metres it was very dark and murky making it difficult to see anything. Evy managed to run into a grey nurse shark – or perhaps more accurately – it ran into her. I guess it was having just as much trouble with the viz. as we were. We did manage to see some large bull rays and truncate coralfish.
The second dive was at Latitude Rock, named after the rock that sticks out of the water with an East-West orientation. The site is a series of gutters and we split up into our buddy pairs and swam up and down the gutters. The visibility here wasn’t much better than The Pinnacle, if at all, and so again we didn’t see much. Some of us saw an eagle ray and others saw some Port Jackson sharks.
We arrived back in Forster just after noon and had the rest of the day to ourselves. After rinsing our gear back at the cabins we spent most of the afternoon vegging out: reading, computing and watching TV. Evy and Trish went to see the local oyster farm only to find out it was closed – I guess not much happens in Forster in Winter.
On Saturday night, John (Action Divers) put on barbecue for us at the caravan park and we whiled away the night chatting about very varied topics.
Sunday morning we headed back to the boat to stow our gear. This time instead of boarding the boat, we drove to Seal Rocks to board the boat at the beach. This was so we could leave from there rather than having to head all the way back to Forster after the dives.
The first dive was at Little Seal Rock. Conditions has improved slightly since the previous day and visibility was up to 5 metres. Little Seal Rock was an interesting site with lots to see, including quite a few large wobbegongs. We managed to see one (perhaps two) grey nurse shark but it didn’t hang around for long. After the dive while sitting on the boat, a whale swam very close to the boat and surfaced a number of times.
The second dive was at Big Seal Rock. This was the site most likely to have grey nurse sharks. While descending the anchor line we came across a large jellyfish in the water. I made the mistake of following it to take photos and drifted from the anchor line. Tim and Graeme followed me and we weren’t able to find the anchor line again. We did manage to find a great drop off with wobbegongs and Port Jackson sharks. Unfortunately, we missed the 11 grey nurse sharks that John and Trish saw right near the anchor line. We also surfaced some 100 metres from the boat and had to be picked up.
John dropped us back at the beach at Seal Rocks and we all headed for home, meeting up at Buladelah for some lunch.
Overall it was an enjoyable trip with great company. It would have been a lot more enjoyable if the visibility had been better but there’s not much we could have done about it. I’d go on the next trip to Forster if I’m available.
Last night a group of keen divers headed to AMF Bowling at Sylvania for a night of excitment and socialising. What they didn’t recognise was Caitlin’s sheer determination to WIN, and while her team won, she was most certainly impressed by the other bowlers, and has since got her eye on some new bowling buddies for the next bowling adventure. We have 20 keen bowlers with us to play two games of fun, relaxed bowling. No one cared if you were good or bad, it was all about relaxing and having a good time! Thanks to AMF Bowling Sylvania for the great snacks (yummy wedges and spring rolls!) and for everyone coming along and having a great time.
During winter, we try and keep everyone social (even if it isnt in the water!) so our social nights are always popular. We’d love to have you along next time! Check out some photographs from the event and if you took any photographs on the night, feel free to send them along and we will add your pictures to the Facebook page!
Scubapro Twin Jet Max Split Fins
St George Underwater Centre special offers won’t last for long – make sure you come in store and grab one for yourself today!
The Scubapro Twin Jet Max split fins are the perfect addition for a diver who likes comfort and efficiency in a fin. The Twin Jet Max is popular worldwide for comfortable fin pockets, powerful blades and power.
• Quick Release Buckles
• Semi Ridged Walls for a stable kick
• Bio Engineered soft foot pocket.
• Vented area for power on up stroke
• Bi Material blade for flex and performance
The Scubapro Twin Jet Max Split Fin is a great addition for your dive tub, and to celebrate this fabulous fin, we are offering the Twin Jet Max fin, RRP $295.00 for $100.00 OFF! This offer is valid until August 31st, 2011 and while stock lasts. Limited sizes and colours available, so come in a grab your size today!
Special Price $195.00
Valid until 31/08/2011
Limited Stock Available
Please come along and join us.
Allan Nash and Tommy Soderstrom, both PADI Instructors and owners of El Galleon Dive Resort and Asia Divers in the Philippines, are taking to the dusty track on two-wheelers all around Australia in August – October 2011 to raise money for :
For donations, visit www. a u s s i e f u n d r a i s e r. o r g to see how you can help!
Where: The Monument at Kurnell
When: 28 August 2011 at 10am with barbecue to follow
Contact: Kel firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join Allan and Tommy on their Dive Against Debris and you could win these prizes:
- Free Package – One week stay at El Galleon resort with unlimited diving with Nitrox worth AU$1,000
- Cressi Leonardo Dive computers
- TUSA Mask, snorkel and fins set
- DAN First Aid book set
- WATER PROOF W2 – 5mm wetsuit