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    I established this Web Site about scuba diving in Sydney, NSW, Australia and the South Pacific, as well as a few other places, in June 1996.

    Since then it has gone through a few different versions. This latest version is the fourth and was completed in July 2006.

    The site has grown from a few pages to well over 1,060 separate pages. More than 650 dives are covered, mostly in detail and most with photographs and some with maps.

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    My Recent Dives - July, August, September 2024
    In this log I use some acronyms to make it easier for me to remember where I went and what I saw:

    LOCATIONS (Mostly at Bare Island unless otherwise stated - see website pages for locations) 
    SHR - Sea horse rock
    OHR - Opera House rocks
    STR - Sea tulip rocks
    SHC - Sea horse corner
    BR - Block rock (also Big Rock at Inscription Point)
    RIFR - Red indianfish reef
    IR1 -Isolated Reef 1
    IR2 -Isolated Reef 2
    15MR - 15 Metre Reef
    LR - Long rock
    AR - Anglerfish rock
    N, S, E, W, NE, NW etc - compass headings
    LBR - Little big rock at Inscription Point
    ER - Exit Rock at Inscription Point

    BIA - Bare Island Anglerfish (red fingered anglerfish)
    PPH - Pygmy pipehorse
    BBSH - Big belly sea horse
    RIF - Red indianfish
    USDP - Upsidedown pipefish

    9 July 2024 - Inscription Point
    First dive for 9 days due to more rotten weather. Also first dive with new Ikelite housing, went well. A bit or effort getting in and especially out and quite surgy. Viz about 10 metres at least. The bullray went past right at the start but no turtle. Saw two sea dragons, one with heaps of eggs, laid last Sunday I think. No PPHs but a nembrotha and the miamira seen. Three sea horses as normal and Mandy's small painted anglerfish is now quite orange. A bit of a rush back as the others low on air. Nice dive despite the surge. Visibility good.

    10 July 2024 - Pizza Reef
    Club boat dive, ended up two boats and 9 divers at two sites. I had five on board and new engines easily handled it. A larger E swell than forecast and a bit of surge even at 26 metres. Anchored off N end of the gap between the two parts. Heard whales through most of the dive and saw many on the surface. Viz at least 15 metres. Saw a tiny donut nembrotha just on way to cave. None out on the normal spot. A few bastard trumpeters and some other fish in the cave. A large school of seapike further on. No donuts at S end, not as much rock there now. Back around to gap and down S and then to anchor, another larger donut to E of anchor. Spent the rest of the time near anchor. A very good dive. Visibility very good.

    11 July 2024 - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    Another sunny day, two in a row! Very cold again on the top but warmer 17C on bottom. Found five RIF, including one which was shedding its skin. This was near SHR. Two were at STR, two between there and the other one. One was a small orange specimen. Went around edge of the reef down to IR1 and to where it joins IR2. I turned here as only using 9 litre tank. Went to top of the reef but nothing special seen there. Two USDPF towards SHR. Lots of leatherjackets around, a couple of lionfish and moray eels. No PPH at all. When back at the shedding RIF, it was gone but the skin was there. I took it but it ended up clumped together. A really good dive despite the cold. Visibility very good. 

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    Michael on 08 July 2024 00:00 · Print
    My Recent Dives - April, May and June 2024
    In this log I use some acronyms to make it easier for me to remember where I went and what I saw:

    LOCATIONS (Mostly at Bare Island unless otherwise stated - see website pages for locations) 
    SHR - Sea horse rock
    OHR - Opera House rocks
    STR - Sea tulip rocks
    SHC - Sea horse corner
    BR - Block rock (also Big Rock at Inscription Point)
    RIFR - Red indianfish reef
    IR1 -Isolated Reef 1
    IR2 -Isolated Reef 2
    15MR - 15 Metre Reef
    LR - Long rock
    AR - Anglerfish rock
    N, S, E, W, NE, NW etc - compass headings
    LBR - Little big rock at Inscription Point
    ER - Exit Rock at Inscription Point

    BIA - Bare Island Anglerfish (red fingered anglerfish)
    PPH - Pygmy pipehorse
    BBSH - Big belly sea horse
    RIF - Red indianfish
    USDP - Upsidedown pipefish

    2 April 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Millpond seas and threatening rain which fell while we were down and after we finished. Went off W point and on the wall had 10-12 m viz but very cold 17C. Only 4-5 m back shallower than the Cave. Was just after low tide and had very slight incoming current. Three BBSHs, two on wall and one on the large rock. Came back via 15 Metre Reef and SHC. Four PPHs on BR, the two yellow/gold ones are beautiful. Could not find the striated anglerfish others saw on Saturday. Four upsidedown pipefish, two sawtooth pipefish, a few small moray eels, heaps of yellowtail near BR, octopus all over the place and a few small cuttlefish. The RIF was near OHR but on main reef, no sea dragon. A really nice relaxing dive, no other divers here except someone who left the water before we went down. Visibility good.

    3 April 2024 - Bare Island Isolated Reefs
    Millpond seas again, before low tide. Went off W point to W and then to IR1. Went around both reefs clockwise. Visibility not as good as yesterday, only 6-8 metres and cold again at 17C then 18C shallower, very little current and already incoming. Lots of yellowtail all through the dive and a large school of silver sweep between IR and main reef. A few dwarf lionfish, including a tiny 30 mm one. Plenty of octopus again. The yellow/gold PPH still there but only one of the red ones nearby. Upsidedown pipefish still there, although I did not look for all of them. Not many nudibranchs really. The RIF was in same spot as yesterday and no sea dragon again. Nice relaxed dive. Visibility fair.

    4 April 2024 - Inscription Point
    Dive with Peter and Jacki and three of Peter's friends from Norway. They have been diving Sydney this week with him. A little bit of wave action but okay, a slight incoming tide and a bit of surge. Viz 5-6 metres and mostly 18C but a bit of 17C. We were looking for sea dragons for the Norwegians and found one very soon after the start of the dive. Some more seen later. Went slowly and showed them some big belly sea horses, pygmies and Bare Island anglerfish. Jacki showed me the yellow one on the sea horse rock and also another one a bit past this. I looked for the grey one but it has moved again, I could not find it. The other divers were cold and used a lot of air so they headed back with P&J. I did not and came back alone. On the way back I looked again for the black/pink BIA and I found it about 15 metres to the SW of where it was before, on the W side. I put a rock on top of the rock it is on. Saw some more sea dragons on the way back. Nice dive. Visibility poor. 

    17 April 2024 - Bare Island Right
    First dive for 13 days as huge rainfall event a few days after the last dive made water off Sydney filthy. Went in before Carols Plaque. First few metres were very dirty, but not brown like some other times. It cleared up at 8 metres and was 5-6 metres viz. Temperature was a constant 20C. Viz dropped to 3 metres or so at 45 minutes which was about low tide. Went normal way. The RIF was on Long Rock, there were two PPHs on OHR. Went to SHC via deeper way and on Block Rock there was only one gold/yellow PPH. One gave birth the other day! Then back via main reef. Five upsidedown pipefish in the normal two places and two sawtooth pipefish on the lower rock near Angler Rocks. These were almost in the open and I got some good photos. Heaps of small yellowtail at SHC, plenty of octopus but not as many as a few weeks ago. Also a very large squid. A nice 81 minute dive. Visibility poor.

    18 April 2024 - Bare Island Right
    So different to yesterday! Went in before Carols Plaque again. First few metres were much worse than yesterday, very very, dirty and somewhat brown. It was a little bit clearer at 6 metres but was only 3 metres at the most. Temperature was a constant 20C again. Viz dropped to even less in spots although near SHC it was a little bit better. Went same way as yesterday. The RIF was not on Long Rock and we could not find it. The two PPHs were still on OHR. Went to SHC via deeper way and Carole showed us a velvetfish in the middle area. There were actually three sawtooth pipefish on the lower rock near Angler Rocks, one had eggs and one was much smaller. Got some good photos. On Block Rock there was still only one gold/yellow PPH. Then back via main reef. Five upsidedown pipefish in the normal two places. Heaps of small yellowtail again near SHC and a few small kingfish swimming through them. Not as many octopus as yesterday. Despite the viz, a nice 85 minute dive. Visibility very poor.

    24 April 2024 - Bare Island Not So Deep Wall
    Again last weekend the weather was rubbish, so first dive in 6 days. Went in off W point. Warm 19C all dive. Went to NSDW and then along it to 15MR. A bit of outgoing tide here. A few nudibranchs and then a large short-tailed ceretasoma on 15MR. Saw another one later. Across to SHC, lots of larger yellowtail here and further along silver sweep. The yellow PPH is gone, none on BR now. Then to where the sawtooth pipefish are, four today and one still with eggs. Then back along main reef, three USDP and over on OHR, only one PPH. A frogfish back on main reef. Found the RIF, not on the normal rock but Flat Rock near it. No sea dragon nor Parramatta nudis that earlier group apparently saw. Two fiddler-rays. Nice easy dive. Visibility still poor but much better than recently.

    25 April 2024 - The Monuments
    Club Anzac Day dive and BBQ. Moved from Bare Island as forecast was not great. However, conditions not as bad as supposed to be. Went in and out at the Whales, easy. Went E first, viz was 8 metres but at 18 mins when we turned, it dropped to 3-4 m, this was about low tide. Little current and temp was 20C. Back W and turned again at 50 mins. Saw one sea dragon, some saw a turtle at E end, a few nice nudibranchs, including a rarer blue/black tambja. Also a school of yellowtail and a small one of bream. A few moray eels, some lionfish and all the usual fish. A nice dive with BBQ after. Visibility poor.


    28 April 2024 - Liberty Slope
    First dive of the trip. Unfortunately my housing leaked, but camera okay. No idea why this happened. Went slowly down to 25 metres and then and then back again. Lots of nudibranchs, a few shrimp, a tiny bob-tailed squid, a pipefish, a huge mantis shrimp and more. A few fish around, a large lionfish, one clownfish and a few other tropicals. A very nice fist dive. Visibility very good.

    29 April 2024 - Gerombong
    A bit of wave action, had to time getting in and out. Not too bad. Viz was 20 m but later dropped as too many bad divers stirring up the bottom. I had a little too much weight after adding two more half kilo weights. Next dive too one half kilo weight out. Saw a tiny black anglerfish, perhaps 5 mm. Later a larger one, 25 mm, black with orange and blue spots. W+Quite a few nudibranchs. Camera lens was foggy and then at 22 m, it started to leak from the GPS button. Not as much water as yesterday. A few shrimp, including on a large nudibranch. Some mantis shrimp, lots of razorfish and a sole shallow. Nice dive again. Visibility very good mostly.

    29 April 2024 - Gerombong
    This time went to the left. Visibility 20 m for most of the dive but some spots worse due to fish stirring up the bottom. Went along the wall to 25 metres, saw a clown triggerfish here, first I have seen in Bali. Also quite a few short-finned bannerfish and some Moorish idols. From here slowly went across to the other wall and then back to the slopes. Another small white anglerfish, 10 mm. Saw the large black one and the nudi with shrimp again later. More nudibranchs, razorfish and some trevally. Shallow more nudis. Again, a very nice dive. Pity I had no camera. Visibility very good generally.

    30 April 2024 - USAT Liberty
    Early morning dive on wreck. Went to bow, not many in at first but by the time we reached bow, lots had caught up with and passed us. Went to stern, the others saw three leaf fish. I went deeper around the chunky bits. Housing flooded again, finally at the end of the day I might have it figured. Went deeper to bow, some nice gorgonias. Wreck not much different to last year. Went to bow and finally around it. Very strong current on the way back shallower. Heart rate went from 60-70 bpm to 70-80 bpm and overall air consumption went from around 9 to 10 l/min. Looked at the boilers and shaft tunnel. Back to stern where some garden eels were very friendly. A school of barracuda over sand. Then back shallow to exit. Good dive. Visibility very good.

    30 April 2024 - The Drop Off
    Lots and lots of divers on shore and in the water. Many tech divers with slings/doubles and hang tanks. Still a great spot, large gorgonias and barrel sponges. An electric clam, a large rockrod, all the usual tropical species esp Moorish eels. A few nudibranchs. Had a problem with my inflator hose where it connected to BCD. Was loose and I fixed after the dive. Made it uncomfortable as when I leaned to the right, all the air in BCD came out and I sank. Went around the corner for a bit and then back shallower back to exit. Good dive again. Visibility very good.

    30 April 2024 - Coral Gardens
    No divers here at all, only a couple divers. Went straight out and then left. A few small ribbon eels, sub-adults. Some saw a larger one free swimming. More nudibranchs, lionfish, including one black one with bugs on its side. A few anemones with clownfish and one had eggs. There are cones, Hindu temples, other things here. Again, a nice easy dive. Visibility good. 

    1 May 2024 - USAT Liberty
    Another very early dive. Only two others in the water when we hit wreck. Saw the two leaf fish, another I did not see. Just below the prop area. Then same was to bow. Housing still leaking. Saw some flutemouths, some shrimp in anemone and two tiny pipefish in an anemone. Then on the way back shallower, but through the wreck, saw two turtles and the barracuda were over the wreck. Some other fish too. Later a line of mullet on sand. Another nice dive. Visibility very good.

    1 May 2024 - Melasti
    Walked about 100 metres long to the SE and then entered the water. Went out and slowly back. Quite a current from the N. Saw two anglerfish, one very small. A very large moray eel and another smaller one, lots of nudibranchs, a pipefish and more. The current seemed to be only in the warmer 30C water and not the 29C water. A good dive. Visibility very good.

    1 May 2024 - Melasti
    This time went straight out from the parking area and then to the left. At first current was from N but when we got to the 29C water there was nothing. We saw three small yellow sea horses and another grey one. Also a large pipefish, one Shaun the sheep nudi, heaps of snake eels, a strange tiny while fish and heaps of blind shrimp and gobies. One goby was very colourful. Came back shallower with a slight current. Very good dive. Visibility good.

    2 May 2024 - USAT Liberty
    Another early morning dive on the wreck, only two other divers on wreck before us. Only two leaf fish, the other one could not be found. Did not go to the bow, just to the mid-sections. A lot of the large gorgonias that were there duing my first two trips are not there now. Spent a lot of time looking at parts of the wreck. Two sets of bollards under the mid-sections. Back via the column like area and there is a large exhaust fan behind boilers. The barracuda still over the boilers. Then to stern, plenty of garden eels and they stay right out till very close. I reckon I can get some good photos. Back shallow, more mullet. Another good dive. Visibility very good.

    2 May 2024 - Sidem
    Went in and around to the right to SE. Over the rocky reef a bit. Lots of large black lionfish in spots. Then back and over sand and under the mooring lines. A small yellow anglerfish, then a largish red sea horse and then a skinny yellow one. A crab in a tube anemone, lots of eels of different species. A few nudibranchs, mantis shrimp and at the end a pom-pom crab. A very good dive. Visibility very good. 

    2 May 2024 - Sidem
    This time went out and just to the left (N). Refound the first anglerfish from earlier dive. Could not find the sea horses but later John found a nice larger yellow one. Lots of eels again, some of the mooring blocks have them under. Also dozens of lionfish of all sizes. One the way back, saw a small eel with a juvenile emperor angelfish (blue, white, black). The eel seemed to have some relationship with it and another fish. Found a few anemones and clownfish, one had lots of eggs. Later another pom-pom crab and also a night anglerfish that only comes out when its dark. It kept burying itself under the mossy bottom. Finally, a banded snake eel. Very nice dive. Visibility good, but dirtier.

    3 May 2024 - Batu Niti
    Walked about 100 m south through the bush and on beach and entered water there. Went E and then S a bit and then back past where we went in and back to same spot. Rocky bottom then sand with lots of rocks. Plenty to see. A large cowrie at the start, nudibranchs of many species, tiger shrimp, sea whip shrimp, a few different anemone shrimps, clown fish, a tiny green translucent lionfish, so cute! Two large stonefish, Ron scared them and they shot under me! At the end a banded eel which was caught on a fishing line. Yudi and I cut the line as close as possible to the mouth, it backed away for ages then took off. Hope it survices. Very good dive. Visibility excellent.

    3 May 2024 - Batu Niti
    This time we went in at the same spot and headed a little to the right (S) but then went to N for the rest of the dive. Mostly down around 23 to 25 metres for first 37 minutes after the descent. Similar things to the last dive, but saw two pom-pom crabs at the start. Then a nice crab on a tube anemone, two harlequin shrimp next to each other, a mantis shrimp with three shrimps on top, an orange mantis shrimp, dancing shrimp on tube and normal anemones, starfish shrimp and flatworms. Great dive. Visibility only good, dropped heaps.

    3 May 2024 - Sidem
    Night dive. Entered the water while still some light but was dark once in. We were the first ones in. Within 16 minutes saw 4 anglerfish, one giant, rest small. One black, pink, yellow. Later saw 4 more, two yellow like the one we saw on day dive here. Lots of stull out, decroator crabs, including an anemone one. A small yellow sea horse, 2 ghost pipefish, pom-pom crabs and many nudis. Got attacked by bugs and small fish and worms towards the end. A great dive. Visibility excellent.

    4 May 2024 - Big Tree
    Located very close and NW of Seraya Secrets. Went in and straight out, rocky bottom till about 7-8 metres. Some small mooring blocks with floatss to 4-5 m and a wrecked truck cabin and some other things like tyres etc. Plenty of lionfish around the bases. Then sand with some parts with isolated rocks. Saw two ribbon eels straight away, one juvenile black one and the other blue. Then headed down to 24 metres and then back to 20 for a while before turning. A large moray eel, a flutemouth, juvenile sweetlips, whip gobies, razorfish, and a few nudibranchs. Exited about 75 m along beach to SE. A nice dive. Visibility very good shallow but colder water was only good.

    4 May 2024 - Agung
    Second dive at same location but has a different name. Started 75 m up the beach where the previous dive finished. Went out and then SE along the side of a ridge to 25 m. Then worked the way back along the ridge to shallows and parallel to sand to the dive shed area. Lots of nudibranchs, including 3 donut dotos. A small pipefish, a huge ell, squat lobsters, seawhip gobies and some flatworms on featherstars. I found a really good jelly like nudi too. Also found a yellow leaf fish on the way back. A red spindle cowrie, a few gardens on the sand and I got a photo of one. A mantis shrimp swimming around too. Good dive. Visibility good deeper but very good shallow.

    4 May 2024 - The Dropoff

    Did not think there was anyone in the water when we started but there was, they must have come from Coral Gardens. Not many nudis but lots of fish, all sorts of tropicals. Morrish idols, trevally, fluemouths and more. Huge gorgonias, at least three really big ones and many smaller. Others saw 4 pipefish and I saw another electric clam. Quite dirty really, visibility only fair.  

    5 May 2024 - Bulakan

    Went out and to left. Takes 5 mins to get to the slope. Saw some garden eels and Shaun the Sheep nudibranchs straight away. Then a tiny black anglerfish, hard to take photos as in a sponge. More Shauns, different colours, pink cheeks, Parramatta and others. Also a large long hydroid that had four different types of shrimp on it. Skeleton, red long ones, glass and a brown one. Others saw a small pipefish. A few species of other nudibranchs too. A large turtle in shallows at the end and a nice nembrotha with orange spots. Very good dive. Visibility very good.

    5 May 2024 - Bulakan

    This time went out and a bit to the left. Down the side of the ridge to 24 metres. A banded eel and a sickly looking dark crimson sea horse at the start. Then Donna found a wonderpuss octopus but it disappeared into the sand. I briefly saw it. More Shauns, a small blue-ringed octopus, plenty of garden eels, two tiny yellow gobies in a sponge, a few nudibranchs. A tiny white leaf fish. Another very good dive. Visibility very good. 

    5 May 2024 - Gerombong

    Did similar dive to last Monday morning, down the ridge to the right then across to next ridge and then worked our way back. Quite a few nudibranchs and a small ornate ghost pipefish. Also a small pipefish. On the way back up I swam over a titan triggerfish nest and it attacked me. I had to fight it off with my camera and torch, luckily this manoeuvre stopped it from hitting or biting me. First time in over 4,800 dives! A good dive. Visibility good.

    6 May 2024 - USAT Liberty

    Early morning pre breakfast dive. A lot more divers here this morning compared to our other early dives. Went to stern and then found four leaf fish, up one from other days. Then along the deeper sections of the wreck towards the bow. Did not go that far, went into the "cavern" area and then forward of that a bit. Back to boilers, top one has a door open at the top. Behind the boilers you can see the flywheel and the start of the shaft. Then to rudder and you can see where the prop was removed, no shaft, just a hole. Then back to exit. Good relaxing dive. Visibility very good.

    6 May 2024 - Melasti

    Another night dive, only one other diver and guide here. Went to right, then down to 24 m. Saw aa yellow anglerfish, a very small sea horse, a wonderpus octopus, a harlequin shrimp and lots of crabs and shrimp. A few nudibranchs but not a lot. A strange crab with tiny anemones on body and legs, a few cowries and much more. A really good night dive. Visibility only fair.

    7 May 2024 - Kubu Wreck

    Walked about 100 metres through the bush to start the dive. Then out and to NE. Arrived at the wreck at12 minutes or so. Went to the stern to take photos, then to midships and entered the bottom hold. Went to bow and then up a level and back to midships. Then on deck to bow. A leaf fish here. Heaps of divers on the wreck as a boat arrived as we swam over. Then back S across to sand and then followed 18-19 m depth for12 mins. Then back to exit at the shed slowly. A few nudibranchs, a garden eel but lots of fish. Good dive again. Visibility very good but not so great on wreck at times.

    7 May 2024 - Kubu Reef

    This time went out and then to SE to the artificial reefs. First the pushbikes and motorbikes. Then to the satellite dish and then to the metal structures. All have a huge amount of growth on them, some of the gorgonias are very widespread. Lots of fishlife around, many anemones and clownfish. A large eel and a large crocodilefish. A few nudibranchs. Near the exit there was a smaller turtle munching away at the rocks for shells. Got some good photos. A good dive. Visibility very good. 

    7 May 2024 - Agung

    Started from the Agung table area this time, rather than Big Tree. Went NE down the slope which is quite rocky. A tiny white anglerfish, lots of nudibranchs, a few very small moray eels, crabs, shrimp and more. A very strong current for a while. In the shallows lots of Moorish idols, butterflyfish, lionfish, juvenile sweetlips and sea urchins. A nice dive. Visibility fair.

    8 May 2024 - Seraya Secrets

    They are not diving here much as it is nowhere near as good as 10 years ago when I last dived it. Went out past the new artificial reefs, three larger concrete ones and a smaller steel one. Then down the slope. Not many nudis, unlike last times. I found a ornate ghost pipefish and later Yudi found another. Some shrimp, mantis shrimps, spindle cowrie but that is about all. Decided not to do second dive here so went back to the resort. Only an average dive except for the pipefish. Visibility very good.

    8 May 2024 - Liberty Slope

    Lots of divers ashore, but we saw only two I think under water, most doing the wreck. Went down the gully and across to S slope. Lots of nudibranchs, including a few new ones. Ron found a juvenile ornate ghost pipefish. Also a ribbon eel transitioning to adult, not black and not blue, just yellow. Heaps of shrimp, squat lobsters. A very good dive.

    9 May 2024 - Gerombong

    Did the lefthand wall. It goes NE and then N, NW and even almost W. We went a fair way to the end where it loops back towards the shore, then returned same way but shallower. Lots of fish, some gorgonias, seawhips and heaps of large barrel sponges. Saw another yellow margin triggerfish but it was not aggressive. Saw the clown triggerfish out here too, further around than last week. A nice hairy crab in a sponge, a few nudibranchs and lots of razorfish and garden eels shallow. Plenty of tropical species all over the wall. Very good dive. Visibility good.

    9 May 2024 - Gerombong

    This time went down the gully and then the ridge, crossing over to the next ridge to the SE and back a few times. Came back up the SE ridge. Lots and lots of nudibranchs, some rarer species. Yudi found a white anglerfish, extremely cute. Garden eels and razorfish as well. An excellent 78 minutes dive. Visibility good.

    10 May 2024 - Nusu
    Furthest N dive site, a new one. NW side of river and near two prawn farms. No facilities here at all. Went out NNE and then N. Took 5 minutes to get to 8 metres, mostly over rocky bottom. Then sand slope with lots of weed and algae. Some outcrops of rocks. Lots of nudibranchs, including donut doto, a small pipefish, some gobies on sponges, a spindle cowrie, lots of small clams shallow. A very good dive site. Visibility very good.

    10 May 2024 - Harlequin Slope
    This is between Liberty Slope and Coral Gardens. Went out till sand at 7-8 m and then SE and down slope. Heaps of new artificial reefs shallow, mostly house shaped on concrete sleepers and a couple of monkey bar shaped ones. Quite a few nudibranchs, a couple of large eels, both with cleaner shrimp. Could not get them to come onto my hand. Went S when at 25 m and then shallower and back. A tiny pipefish, a ribbon eel shallow and the most gobies I have ever seen on a seawhip, a couple of dozen. I got five in one photo! A good dive. Visibility very good.

    10 May 2024 - Sidem
    Once again a strange current that ran down the slope side. A bit of wave action too. A little quiet at first but then, so many anglerfish. I saw 7 and got photos of 6, one disappeared. Probably 9 or 10 overall seen. A giant anglerfish had a small yellow "toy boy" which ended up right against it. A wonderpus octopus right at the start. A few tiny eels but no photos as they hid. Quite a few nudibranchs and a harlequin shrimp. Not as many worms and bugs as last time. A very good dive. Visibility very good.

    11 May 2024 - Batu Niti
    Quite a swell running today, but gaps between where it was easy to get in and out. Started perhaps 200 metres SE along the beach. Went out and to SE. Saw three anglerfish, brown, pink and a very cute tiny purple one. Lots of nudibranchs, including some interesting ones. A small pipefish, a few pufferfish, shrimp and a very strange white flat crab, looked like a dead shell. Also two pom-pom crabs. A very good dive. Very surgy about 8 metres. Larger waves when we exited but still okay as long as you timed it right. Visibility very good. 

    11 May 2024 - Batu Niti
    Swell much bigger during surface interval, water was coming over all the beach. We had to move our gear into the vegetation to save getting washed away. Went in at the same location as first dive, swell had dropped a little but extreme care was still needed. Very dirty shallow, less than a metre viz, even down to 20 m it was awful but then about 20 metres. Gradually the good viz worked its way shallower and at the end it was very good at 10 m. Not as many nudibranchs, but lots of shrimp, including a white seawhip, a lot of starfish ones, dancing and a tiger. Two tiger spindle cowries and a tiny starfish. A crab in a tube anemone. Still surgy shallow, but exit was okay when timed. A good dive, but not as good as first one. Visibility very good overall.   

    12 May 2024 - USAT Liberty
    Lots of divers here already, including in the water. Did the usual route but went to bow and then back via the centre. The four white leaf fish still there, but two in slightly different spots. Donna found a green one on the shallow side of the wreck. Lots of fish, including a large school of unknown species. Found a nice anemone with heaps of clownfish in it. A good dive. Visibility very good. 

    12 May 2024 - Batu Ringgit
    Started 40 metres to SE and went out and a little to right and down the slope. Dirty shallow after yesterday's swell but 15 to 20 m deeper. Lots of nudibranchs, many different shrimps including a clearish white one and a black and gold one on a featherstar. Starfish shrimp and gobies. Followed the rope for a fair bit of the dive. Lots of interesting stuff, including a large fish that was shadowed by a trevally. Saw it many times and also saw it on the second dive. A very good dive. Visibility very good. 

    12 May 2024 - Batu Ringgit
    Ron and Donna's last dive of the trip. Started same spot as last dive but ended back at the shed track. Went out and to the left more. Less nudibranchs, but quite a few shrimp, an ornate ghost pipefish and also a spindle cowrie. A few very small crabs. At the end lots of small cone shells. Not as good a dive as the first one. Visibility very good.

    13 May 2024 - Melasti
    Carole and Leon came with use and dived at the same time. Started the same spot as last time, about 75 metres SE along the beach. Then went out and SE into quite a strong current. Used a lot of air doing this, but was worth it as we saw a medium sized yellow anglerfish. Excellent. Then drifted back and after 20 mins the current basically died totally. Yudi found an ornate ghost pipefish and later I found another smaller one. Lots of nudibranchs, some shrimp, a titan triggerfish but it did not cause any problems. A very good dive. Visibility very good.

    13 May 2024 - Melasti 
    Started in the same spot as last dive but got out near the shed. I had ear problems at 19-20 m but it did not fix till I was at 15 m. Saw a tiny spotted boxfish, nudis, shrimps. We went past the shed and there where were Shaun the Sheep. I found a very large Parramatta one. Saw another titan triggerfish too. A Very good dive. Visibility very good. 


    15 May 2024 - Leannes Wall
    This is located 6 km ESE of Uyah Dive Resort, took about 20 mins to get there by boat. Moored just off Bintang (Bhima) Beach in about 2 metres of water. Headed N for a bit to the slope and then S along the sloping gully till the bottom turned to the N again. This became the wall. It was a steep slope at first and then a shear wall down to perhaps 35-40 metres. Very cold in spots, only 25C!! Mostly was 27C deeper and 29C shallow. No current except for the cold water which really only lasted seconds. The wall has lots of barrel sponges and small bright yellow gorgonias. Saw two titan triggerfish here but they did not cause trouble. A few bigger ones. Some coral pieces. Lots of fish around, including some garden eels earlier in the dive. A few moray eels and only three nudibranchs. A nice dive despite the lack of macro. Visibility very good.

    15 May 2024 - Barracuda Point
    This site is back towards the hotel and only 3.8 km E. Started off the E end of Bunutan Beach and drifted to the E and ESE around the point. Started in 3 metres and went N into deeper water and then E. Thousands of barrel sponges, some are huge. Also hundreds of gorgonias, some also large. A few pink ones but no pygmy sea horses. Saw the biggest garden eels I have ever seen at the start of the dive, hundreds of them. A few moray eels, two ribbon eels and lots of tropical fish. At the end heaps of large brain corals, one the biggest I have seen I think. A nice dive, with some current pushing us along in the middle part of the dive. Visibility very good.

    16 May 2024 - Jemeluk Wall
    Located about 10 mins to E, 2.1 km, at the E end of Jemeluk Beach off the point. Went N to slope and then E till the wall started. It ran N. Followed this at depth. At first more of a slope and then steeper. Lots of small gorgonias, a few barrel sponges, some larger pink gorgonias (no pygmies), sponges and hard coral. Very nice wall. When it turned R we came to near the top of the wall and headed back S. Saw some moray eels, a few nudibranchs, a ribbon eel. Part way along there was a mooring with a concrete square figure 8s holding it in place. Also some rio for coral to grow on. Then back to boat. Good dive. Visibility very good.

    16 May 2024 - Selatan/Song Lawah
    This site is 2.4 km NW of resort N of bura Song Lawah. We started off the point and drifted N about 390 metres and drifted but no real current. Dropped into a sandy slope about 9 m and then gradually got deeper to almost 30 m. Some large coral outcrops with some large gorgonias on them. Some barrel sponges, sponges, hard corals etc. Lots of fishlife around, a few juvenile sweetlips and a juvenile ribbon eel. Some moray eels and a few nudibranchs too. Lots of fishing net around, not big but long and stretched all over the place. Also a very thick rope running from the shallows deep. Towards the end we found a grey giant anglerfish on a grey sponge. About 30 m along was another one. Brilliant! From here worked our way shallow. A very good dive. Visibility very good.

    17 May 2024 - Palung Palung
    This is located at Tulamben, just around from Dropoff, 400 metres from the beach. Drift dive 200 metres to a bommie SE. Bottom a sandy slope with weedy looking coral on a lot of the bottom with sand inbetween. Some large coral outcrops here and there. Large flatish sponges on coral, with some chubby tube sponges here and there. A few lionfish, a friendly large turtle, a ribbon eel, a few moray eels, a yellow-lined triggerfish, lots of flutemouths and plenty of tropical fish. A very good dive with the best viz of trip, 30 m. Visibility excellent.

    17 May 2024 - Batu Kelebit
    Started at the same bommie where the last dive finished. Drifted SE and S. Similar sandy slope to last dive but none of the weedy coral, just coral outcrops. A few gorgonias, similar sponges. Another large turtle, a juvenile ribbon eel, a few large moray eels, lionfish and flutemouth. Ended up at a series of five huge steel structures. These are apparently left over from a fish farm that went broke. This is off the abandoned house and property we passed numerous times at Tulamben. Also three large Admiralty type anchors and stainless steel chain to buoys. Another good dive. Visibility very good. 

    18 May 2024 - Marina (no idea why)
    Short 2 mins ride in the boat to straight off the road that comes in from the highway, western end of the main beach. Dropped down at a mooring and went N. Went down deeper to the wreck of a largish fast passenger ferry. Fully intact. Has been down a while. Two white leaf fish on the stern. Then SW a bit and followed a rope which had 3 ornate ghost pipefish on it. Then SW and some more rope, 10 more ornates on it, one big, the rest small. Others saw a robust ghost pipefish on the way. Lots of shrimp, some nudibranchs, lots of squat lobsters on one featherstar, Getting shallower, lots of Shaun the Sheep and then a large anemone. I got bitten on my hand and arm by one clownfish! Back in 5 metres a reef made from rocks with a huge amount of small fish on it and some moray eels. A very good dive. Visibility excellent.

    18 May 2024 - Ghost Bay
    This was a shore dive started and finishing in front of the hotel. Went straight out to artificial reefs, six dome structures made from steel. Also many other structures with large and small "pipes", bottles and more. Lots of fish on them, including a large spotted moray eel that I tickled through one hole to get it to come out a bit. Seemed to like it. Then went deeper to another pile of junk which had thousands of small fish on it. Saw an octopus on the way and after, a mimic octopus. Both disappeared into tiny holes in the sand. A couple of very large mantis shrimps, two tiny translucent lionfish, about 4 mm long. More proper lionfish, crabs, shrimp and Shauns. On the way back some garden eels. A nice dive. Visibility very good.

    19 May 2024 - Emerald
    This dive is at Tulamben and started where the second dive on Friday ended. Then went E and SE along a very good wall. This had lots of coral, sponges, including some huge "fan" type ones. Some gorgonias, barrel sponges too. Saw quite a few garden eels at the start, then a lone barracuda. Some bigger fish up high at one spot. At 49 mins we turned around and cut back and ended up where we started. A few nudibranchs, some lionfish and moray eels. A black ribbon eel at the end. A good dive. Visibility very good.

    19 May 2024 - Noisy Reef
    This dive is also at Tulamben, between Seraya Secrets and Bali Hai. Only a minute run from our surface interval at Cantik Point. Dropped in at a mooring to a large artificial reef, made of a very big structure of steel, tyres and more. Next to it is a lower one made of steel and tyres with bottles filling it. Also a room safe with bottles! Lots and lots of fish on and in it. Next to it I found another small lionfish, this one had very delicate fins. Gradually headed shallower as we went NW, quite a few nice nudibranchs, some crabs and shrimp on various things. Plenty of shrimp on starfish, some had a dozen. Bottom was black sand at first but then stringy coral with "flowers" and then shallow, lots of very large rocks. Ended up here for safety stop. German lost her GoPro, told me and we searched. I then looked up and it was on the surface! A very good dive. Visibility very good.

    20 May 2024 - Lipah Bay
    This is 6 km to east of hotel, about 12 mins run in the boat. Staarted off E end of Lipah Beach and went E and S. Bottom is steep sandy slope for the first half or so then some coral and then mostly coral, at least at the depth we were. Sand drops to 40 m perhaps. Some artificial reefs at the start, then little bots of coral. Saw a yellow-lined triggerfish on the way out and another shallower after turnaround. A very large and calm turtle, feeding, could get as close as I wanted. A few large moray eels, one blind shark or similar under coral. Lots of sponges and gorgonias on the larger coral bits and a few barrel sponges. Plenty of reef fish and tropicals. Turned at 50 mins and came back at 8 to 12 m. Some very large coral bommies with huge amounts of gorgonia on them. Near the boat there were more artificial reefs, all had lots of fishlife. Not the most exciting dive of the trip, but okay. Visibility very good.

    20 May 2024 - Gallery Jemeluk 
    After break at Jemeluk Beach, moved 20 seconds to a mooring to W end of bay. Went from here N and NE along side of a sandy slope. Lots of artificial reefs at the start, tyres, concrete sleepers and concrete cubes. Heaps of growth on them and plenty of fishlife. After a while some coral outcrops and then more dense. Some gorgonias, sponges, barrel sponges and small gorgonias. Two more yellow-finned triggerfish, a large juvenile sweetlips and two large stars and stripe snapper. A tiny 7-8 mm emperor angelfish. Some sole, a few nudibranchs, no shrimp except starfish. Turned at 50 mins and headed S and SW back. More reefs back near boat. Similar to last dive, not very exciting. Visibility less but still very good.

    21 May 2024 - Pyramids
    Started off the E end of Amed Beach. Only a couple of mins to get there, 1.0 km. Dropped into 3 metres and went N for 4 mins and dropped down sandy slope to 17 m. Here there was the first of the series of pyramids, built from concrete cubes. About 4 in this batch. Lots of fishlife around them. Then drifted E in very slight current getting down to 23 m. Came to four more groups of pyramids, mostly 5 in a group. Some of the end ones also had tyre piles nearby. The pyramids had various growths on them, some were dominated by gorgonias, some by sponges and some by hydroids or soft corals. All had hard corals and smaller sponges on them. Fishlife was prolific, from tiny to snapper size. Saw three turtles, one medium and the others small. Two yellow-margin triggerfish, a clown triggerfish and some anemones and clownfish. Also lots of sergeant majors, some fanning and guarding eggs. Only two nudibranchs, but ones I had not seen this trip. Ended up off Jukung Point. Very good dive. Visibility very good.

    21 May 2024 - Little Wall
    This dive started just before this spot the last one ended. Did the last couple of pyramids that we did not do as they were too deep for the end of the dive. Then went E, in very slight current. A few tyre piles too. Eventually hit the wall at 20 m, I would not call it a little wall, drops from 10 to 30 to 40 m depending on where you are along it. Quite vertical, lots of overhangs and indents, some gorgonias. Perhaps name comes from the fact it is only 100 m or so long. Saw two turtles before the wall, three leaf fish, two together on a pyramid and the other on the wall. One turtle was seen first dive. Also saw a clown triggerfish, perhaps the same one from the first dive. Lots of fish on the pyramids and walls. One small juvenile ribbon fish. Another very good dive. Visibility very good.

    Last dive of the trip!

    30 May 2024 - Inscription Point
    First dive back in Sydney. Easy entry and exit, very slight incoming tide. Viz started 6-8 m and ended up 10 m towards the end. Went very slowly, 35 minutes to Little Big Rock, turned at 60 minutes. Saw 9 PPH, two BBSH and a few cuttlefish. One nembrotha nudibranch and a few of the mimic soft coral ones. Mandy showed me a tiny black BIA which she found last week, so hard to see as it was very hidden. The grey BIA that has been around for over six months was in the same area as normal, but on a different rock. As I was about to head back, I found four pink kneed sea spiders in two different spots. Mandy later saw more. A very nice dive, cool after my last month's dives, but not too bad. Visibility good.

    11 June 2024 - Inscription Point
    Rotten weather again past week or so and could not dive last two days when it was okay as had Marine Rescue duty. Very cold in top layer of water but Mandy said it was much cleaner than yesterday. Viz below was 8 m or so. Very very slight incoming tide. Saw the two BBSHs and the recent yellow BIA. The little black painted anglerfish is on same rock as 12 days ago but moved a little. Not totally black either, a bit brown too I think. Saw seven PPHs, one white upsidedown one on LBR. Also a miramara nudibranch as well as a blue tambja and a pink tambja. Two sea dragons and quite a few small trevally around. A very nice 85 minute dive. Visibility fair.

    25 June 2024 - Inscription Point
    First dive in 14 days, weather has been terrible, big seas and heaps of rain. The surface was not too bad but very cold, 16C or lower. Below 4 metres it was not too bad, 18C and 8 to 10 metres viz. Went into a slight current. A large bullray on the sand at the start. The two big belly sea horses were in normal spot. Did not see a single PPH but there were two smaller sea dragons, one on the sand and one up higher. Did not see any anglerfish or the interesting nudibranchs except for a tritonia sp in same spot as last dive. Some large kingfish and later a lot of little bream. Turned at 42 minutes. A nice dive, great to be back in the water. Visibility good.

    26 June 2024 - Inscription Point
    Similar conditions to yesterday but the incoming tide was a lot stronger, but not too bad still. Went a bit quicker to sea horses, still there but one back on normal rock. Three PPHs, the grey BIA is back on its normal rock but on E side. Three sea dragons, two from yesterday and a larger one on the sand. Went past Big Rock and then tuned at 38 minutes. Saw the other BBSH and just past here the turtle again. The bullray was up here further on. A nice nembrotha, a few lionfish, more bream, a school of small catfish and more. Another very nice dive, going to do it again tomorrow! Visibility good. 

    27 June 2024 - Inscription Point
    Once again conditions similar to last two days. Took housing again and still leaking, no matter what I do. Have now purchased another one, will arrive in a week or so. Saw five PPHs, two were wrapped around small sponges and not moving, I would never have seen except I was shown them. The white one is still on NE side of LBR. Saw the grey BIA as well as the very small black painted anglerfish Mandy found a few months ago. It is now almost orange, having been dark brown two weeks ago and chocolate brown on Monday. An eagle ray and the turtle (clean shell and one small barnacle on top right) went past us heading E at LBR. A few small cuttlefish, three BBSH, the third one is back in normal spot. Two honey coloured okenias, one purple-lined nembrotha and the mia mira. A veyr good dive. Visibility good. 

    28 June 2024 - Bare Island Not So Deep Wall
    Another perfect day, flat seas, sunshine and warmish for Winter. Went in before Carole's Plaque and headed via The Short Cut to wall. Viz was 8-10 metres, better than reported this side of the bay the past few days. Headed back via 15MR. No PPH at all and not many nudibranchs. Then to SHC and back normal way, zig-zagging from The Cave. A pink ceratosoma on BR. A few moray eels, a couple of PJs and dwarf lionfish. Mandy saw an USDP under the rock near Angler Rock (AR). I forgot to look as there were three there in late April. Back via SHR and Mandy found two RIF near there, one before and one on the second rock nearby. No sea dragon. Lots of sand moved around, at least 150 mm missing near Long Rock and STR. However, lots more sand near the 44 gallon drum and the two orange sponges. All the small rocks are now covered. Same back along the reef towards boat ramp and as you get out. Nothing really exciting, but good anyway. Visibility good.

    30 June 2024 - Whale Watching Platform
    First dive with MakCat and new Yamaha F70 engines. Had four divers on board and ran as good as old 75hp engines. Much lighter at stern, will need to move weight there. Awful weather really, very overcast as lots of rain from 4 am but stopped 6 am. Did not rain again till we retrieved boat at ramp. Anchored at the second GPS mark I have which is a little bit south of the other one. Need to be halfway I think. Went over to the wall and headed N. Viz 15 to 20 m, hard to tell as so dark due to overcast sky. Went through a swim-through and then saw two blue devilfish in the first cave and then went N more. A miamira nudibranch on the wall and then a small red PPH. A few black reef leatherjackets too. A school of one spot pullers swimming around and Kelly found two upsidedown pipefish. Headed back and saw another blue devil in the swim-through. Despite being very close to the cave, we think it was another as the second group also saw like this. Then back to anchor and around a bit and up. A very good dive. Visibility very good.

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    My Recent Dives - January, February and March 2024
    2 January 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Millpond seas and fine for once. Went off W point and headed SW, saw a fiddler-ray right at the start. Over the wall and found the first BBSH, the lighter one. Then to the rocks to the yellow one. Went over the rocks and Ron found a tiny, PPH, could not get it in focus. Tide should have been running in but was still running out here. Two upsidedown pipefish (USDP) under the bottom of the next wall. Another PPH I think. Ron went over RIF Reef but nothing of interest. A spiny gurnard at the Deep Block. Then to 15M Reef. I found a tiny yellow nudi with red rhinopores, not sure I have seen before. Then to SHC, no USDP. The white PPH is still there and the dark BBSH still on same rock nearby. Back via outer edge, a dozen squid, a flathead, some sole, a tiny PPH on OHR and the RIF is back on Long Rock. Could not find the sea dragon (others are seeing) nor the black striped anglerfish seen yesterday and this morning by Vicki. A really nice dive. Visibility good deep and fair shallow.

    3 January 2024 - Bushrangers Bay (Shellharbour)

    Club dive organised a few days ago. Had 11 members diving and two non-members and sausage sizzle after. Carpark full by 0715. Went slowly to 9 metres, viz really good there, less shallower. Lots of sharks, at least 20 I reckon, maybe even 30. Got some great photos and also used GoPro to get timelapse video. Came out really good. Maybe two large females, rest juveniles. A couple of the juveniles had hooks. Great dive. Visibility very good.

    3 January 2024 - The Gutter (Shellharbour)

    Second dive of the day, lots of parking spots in small carpark. Very strong NE wind blowing but entry and exit easy. Below 15 metres visibility went up to 18 to 20 metres and cool at 18C. Went out to Beauty Point which is to N of Gutter. Went via the gully on west side. Not a huge amount seen. No photos as camera lens fogged up. Back by compass and hit wall W of Gutter and then followed back to exit. Only an average dive. Visibility very good. 

    4 January 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall

    Went in off W wall as millpond seas and just after low tide. Incoming current unlike Tuesday. As I went in a weight pocket must have fallen out as when I descended, I was too light. Went back and got rolled around a bit and then Ron found it about 3 metres from where I went in. Headed SW to Wall. Cold here but 10 m viz. My computers said 16 and 18C, but I reckon closer to 16C. Found the two BBSH and then another that Vicki found yesterday. Then back normal way, no PPH except the white one at Block Rock. No upsidedown pipefish, including the ones seen on Tuesday. There was a blue devilfish under Smaller Deep Wall. On Block Rock there were some fine-lined tambjas and a small Parramatta nudi. Then to 15MR where I found a couple of interesting nudibranchs, including a pink ceretesoma. Then to the other BBSH and back via the RIF. Ron found the sea dragon at Sea Tulip Rocks, on the S side near main reef. Then he found the black striated anglerfish that Vicki told us about on Tuesday. In kelp near the second orange sponge. Then back to exit. A really great dive. Visibility good deep but poor shallower.

    6 January 2024 - Inscription Point

    Reasonable S wind and swell, some wave action at entry/exit. Only two other divers in the water and no more till we got back. Very dirty shallow and not much better deeper, surgy too. Outgoing tide but not strong. Went to just past LBR. Saw one sea dragon with eggs, two BBSHs, the white BIA, only a couple of small PPH. At turnaround Erick found the miamira nudibranch, not in a good spot to get a photo. On the way back did not see the other BBSHs as we turned a bit before them. Erick found another BIA, yellow. I think it is Little George. Then back to exit. Not the greatest dive but okay. Visibility very poor.

    7 January 2024 - Bare Island Not So Deep Wall

    Went in off W point and W to NSDW. Then followed wall and 15MR to SHC and back normal way. Very dirty shallow but reasonable at NSDW. Cold though. Found two PPH there, a few interesting nudis. Went down to Deep Block but the Parramatta nudi was gone. Lots of fine-lined though (plenty on OHR and STR). Back to 15MR and then to SHC. A nice blue devilfish in the cave. Then to white PPH, dark BBSH. Then looked for the tiny orange painted anglerfish we saw 19 December. It has moved from where it was to the main cave, but we could not find it. Also didn't see the BIA that is near here. Then back, RIF in same spot as is the sea dragon. Could not find the black striated anglerfish near orange sponge though. A nice dive. Visibility fair deep but very poor shallow.

    9 January 2024 - Bare Island Not So Deep Wall

    Went in off W point just after high tide. A bit of outgoing current at times. Very very cold, 15C almost the whole dive. Viz a reasonable 7-8 metres. Found a few interesting nudibranchs again, but not the two PPHs on NSDW. Went to Deep Block but again, no Parramatta nudi. Then to 15MR and over to main reef about half way along. Went up a little on the reef behind some of the big boulders looking for BBSH, none. No blue devilfish at SHC and looks like the upsidedown pipefish have left here for good. The white PPH is still there and searched for the tiny orange painted anglerfish. I found it between Block Rock and Main Cave! Then to BBSH and then looking for the yellow and green nudibranch people saw in recent days, no luck. Across to some of the rocks towards Anglerfish Rock and I found a beautiful pink PPH. Then back via OHR, SHR and LR. RIF gone but the sea dragon was nearly at SHR. Then looked for things at STR but only fine-lined tambjas. No striated anglerfish again. Saw a few very large flathead deeper, some large octopus, a few small cuttlefish and all the usual fish. A very nice but cold dive. Visibility fair.  

    10 January 2024 - Inscription Point

    Got in near high tide, not the easiest exit as very high and a bit of swell. Also surge most of the dive. Water about 6-7 metres but very cold at 15C (despite what my computer says). Went past LBR and then back. Looks like upsidedown pipefish are gone but the small pipefish is there, also another one further on. Only saw the first two BBSHs and not many PPHs. Two sea dragons, one with eggs. Finally refound the grey BIA anglerfish near the white one which has started to go a bit yellow. Also saw George, the little yellow BIA, but not on the same spot as Saturday. Hard swim back as the current had picked up a bit. Warmer and dirtier shallower. Very good dive. Visibility fair.

    13 January 2024 - The Leap

    Club dive, seven divers. Very busy at both car parks. Very dirty shallow and also dark on the sand. Only lightened up about halfway through the dive, viz 3-4 metres. Really strong current, so ripped along and did not really see much small stuff. About 7 sea dragons, 2 with eggs. Missed the BIAs but Ron saw them. Saw the two BBSHs on Split Rock, a couple of small cuttlefish, a flathead, half a dozen squid. Saw a large mirror leatherjacket and a six-spined leatherjacket. Not really much else. Only average dive. Visibility very poor. 

    14 January 2024 - Bare Island Right

    Very strong SE wind and swell more S than NE like forecast. Easy in but very high tide meant wave action over exit, not too bad though. Not many divers when we went in but dozens seen near end and on island. Visibility worse than past few days, 3 metres at the most. Still cold 17C deeper and some spots I swear were colder. Found a new black striated anglerfish in outboard motor, looked for a tiny red painted anglerfish just past here but not seen. Sea dragon in same spot as last Sunday. No RIF and only two PPH. The tiny orange painted anglerfish is still in same spot as Tuesday. The dark BBSH there. Also saw a small fiddler-ray near STR and a Parramatta nudi on the largest one STR. Mandy showed me some allied cowries on cauliflower soft corals. Could not get great photos as camera housing fogged up due to the high humidity yesterday. Despite conditions, a nice dive. Visibility very poor.

    18 January 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall

    Conditions much better than the forecast. Went in off the W point and to wall. About 8 metres viz at least, cold 17C. A fiddler-ray in kelp on the way. Could only find one light BBSH and the yellow one. Back normal way, no upsidedown pipefish and no nudis on the Deep Concrete Block. Along 15MR and then to SHC. The blue devilfish was there again. Then to white PPH and also the golden one. Tiny orange painted anglerfish on same rock as well as the dark BBSH. Then to rock near Anglerfish Rock, a red PPH. Back normal way, not RIF but found the sea dragon in same spot, the Parramatta and punk nudis as well as a few FLT. Then near here a largish black striated anglerfish. Nothing else seen from here on. A few horned sharks seen, some moray eels, a large octopus and an eagle ray near STR. Viz not as good from SHC, perhaps 6 m. A good dive. Visibility fair.

    20 January 2024 - Inscription Point

    Club dive, eight divers in all. Just after high tide, very slight current. Viz was about 5-6 metres but warmer at 19C. A large octopus in the place where the upsidedown pipefish used to be. Missed the first two sea horses somehow, but saw them on the way back. Saw four sea dragons, one with newish eggs and one with old remains. Some interesting nudibranchs, including honey coloured okenia, a couple of yellow ones. Also four moray eels, a few PPHs, the other two sea horses, a yellow boxfish and a very colourful small cuttlefish. Despite lots of divers here, only saw two others underwater. Good dive. Visibility poor.

    21 January 2024 - Bare Island Right
    Very early dive as hot day and yesterday carpark full very early. Viz 7-8 m and very cold at 16C, a bit of surge and strong current near Cave. Went very slowly down, over 33 minutes to SHR. Found a few interesting nudibranchs on the way, looked for the black striated anglerfish without luck. The sea dragon was there but not on the way back. The Parramatta nudi is growing quickly but the punk nudi is gone. A red blood nudibranch near Long Rock. A new very small PPH on NW end of OHR. Then went quicker to Cave and the orange painted anglerfish was in a spot where I could not take a photo. Back from here most direct way. A few more nudibranchs on the way back too, about five very good ones seen today. A few moray eels, various sizes, a lionfish, a couple of large octopus and all the usual things. Very good dive. Visibility fair.

    23 January 2024 - Bare Island Right
    Seas much better than the forecast and little wind. Very high tide early so went four hours after high. Viz only 3-4 metres but got even worse on way back, 2-3 m, quite surgy. Warm though, 21C! Went slow again. Could not find the black angler but I found a weedfish in the kelp. Then it disappeared so Mandy couldn't get a photo. Parramatta still on STR. No sea dragon or RIF. Two PPH before OHR, could not find the one on there. Then to Orange Anglerfish Rock where the red PPH is. Across to Cave and found the tiny orange anglerfish and then to the white and gold PPHs. Back via dark BBSH and most direct way. Viz got bad back near the Cave. Found three UDPF in two overhangs. Looked again for sea dragon, black anglerfish and weedfish, no luck. Mandy found the small orange painted anglerfish before outboard. Not exactly where I was told it was. Also saw a few large flathead, some moray eels and octopus, cardinalfish with eggs. Good dive despite the viz. Visibility very poor.

    24 January 2024 - Bare Island Right
    Better conditions than yesterday, viz 4-5 metres but colder at 18C. Did similar dive, found the first orange painted anglerfish, moved a little. No weedfish or black striated but other divers said near 44 Gallon Drum. Parramatta nudi there, no sea dragon or RIF but Ron was later shown one hidden at STR. Saw all the PPHs we saw yesterday and four upsidedown pipefish, one extra. Went to the other painted angler and Ron found another tiny one near it. Back via the shallow reef above the Cave. No cowries there. On the way back I found a cauliflower soft coral with three squat lobsters in it. Other things seen included a few flathead, a small cuttlefish, some octopus and a large wobbegong shark at OHR. Good dive. Visibility poor.

    25 January 2024 - Inscription Point
    Overcast and a bit of swell every now and then. Easy in but a little harder out. Viz about 4-5 metres and cool 18C for most of the dive. Very strong outgoing tide and lots of surge. Saw two sea dragons, four BBSHs, one of which had given birth, perhaps this morning. Heaps of PPH, 11 seen in total, all over the place but most shallower. Saw three BIA, one of which was Little George (last seen 10 January but in a totally different location) near the white and grey ones. One miramara nudibranch, a small lime green one and a spiky red one as well as a purple-lined nembrotha. A few pink okenias as well. Hard swim back into the current. Saw a small eagle ray on the way. Nice dive despite the cold, current, surge and exit. Visibility poor.

    26 January 2024 - The Monuments
    Club Australia Day dive and BBQ. Nine divers. Went in next to whales and exited there too, high was 9:40 am or so, but tide actually turned about 9:10 am, but it was weak. Little surge. Water cold at 16-17C, viz at least 15 metres for most of the dive. Went to E first, two PPH and a smallish sea dragon. Then a BBSH. Went this way till 18 mins and then headed W. Another large sea dragon and later one with eggs. Ron saw two more BBSH. Some interesting nudibranchs and all the usual ones. Some lionfish, a few small moray eels, an eastern frogfish, a white crab on a sea urchin and more. Very nice dive with a great BBQ afterwards. Visibility good.

    28 January 2024 - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    SE wind which picked up while we were down. Some surge, but not bad. Viz was 5-6 metres but warm 19C (mostly 20C). Headed down normal way, saw the first orange painted anglerfish and then a RIF on STR. No Parramatta nudi though. Then via OHR and way down past here we saw the sea dragon, has moved a lot. First time seen in 10 days. A few dwarf lionfish, the red PPH near AFR. Out to IR1 and the W edge of IR2. A frogfish and another RIF on the way. Two pineapplefish there as well as a blind shark, a small horned shark and also a fiddler-ray. Back via Block Rock, the two PPH are there, found the second orange PA but not the third or forth ones. Back along the main reef, two of the upsidedown pipefish I have seen recently there. Lots of yellowtail around different parts of the site. A very nice dive. Visibility poor.

    30 January 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Flat seas, very overcast, some light drizzle around. Went off W point to wall, perhaps 8-10 metres there and cold 17C (and dark) but warmer and dirtier above 13 m, still okay. Found the yellow BBSH on rock and after a bit of searching, the two light coloured BBSHs on wall. Then back normal way. Looked for RIF on RIF Reef (some seen there last week) but none seen. Some interesting nudibranchs, including a short-tailed ceratosoma on 15MR. The three PPHs seen recently are still there and found the two tiny orange painted anglerfish near cave. Two upsidedown piepfish seen but no sea dragon or RIF on the way back. A Parramatta nudi on STR and the third painted anglerfish is still near Fin, has grown a bit. Very good dive. Visibility fair.

    31 January 2024 - Bare Island Right
    Much windier today and swell coming around corner a little. Went in before Carol's Plaque. Visibility mostly 3-4 metres, some bits better. Warmer at 20C! Went very slowly down. Found the painted angler near Fin then a black striated anglerfish near rocks at 44 gallon drum. Not the same one we first saw 4 January and two other times since in different spots. There were two Parramatta nudis on STR and the sea dragon was back at its normal spot SW of the rocks. No RIF but Mandy found four PPHs on a rock I have never looked at just past SHR. Then to OHR and to the red PPH past AFR. Jumped from outcrop to outcrop and then to dark BBSH. Then to the two orange painted anglerfish. Back slowly from there. An orphan cowrie on a small cauliflower soft coral, a wobbegong shallower, two fiddler-rays nearer to Fin, two large octopus, three dwarf lionfish and some moray eels. A very good dive. Visibility very poor.

    1 February 2024 - Inscription Point
    A little bit of swell but easy in and out. No wind compared to last two days. Much better conditions, viz was 15 metres at least and 22C all dive. Swam into slight incoming tide, little surge. Mandy found a new BIA, sort of lemon colour. This was before LBR. She later found a grey one closer to exit. The white one is still in exactly the same spot where I first saw it on 3 November 2023. The grey one that has been on the same rock has moved to a nearby rock. Only three BBSHs, the first two and then another. Not that many PPH, I think we saw about six. Two honey-coloured okenia and a large short-tailed ceratasome. On the way back we saw a small wobbegong which had a fish hook in its mouth. I cut the sinker part off while Mandy held the line. Later a very active blind shark. No sea dragons but Mandy saw one near the end. A few lionfish, moray eels and small cuttlefish. A very good dive. Visibility good.

    2 February 2024 - Bushrangers Bay, Shellharbour
    Seven of us went to Shellharbour to dive the grey nurse sharks and then have lunch. Parking gone by 8:30 am but later some left. Went out to 6 metres and spent a lot of time there, plenty of sharks, but viz not great, perhaps 3-4 metres at the most, sometimes less. After 20 minutes went to 8 metres and then to 16 metres. Cleaner here but no sharks. Back to 6 metres and stayed there for 25 minutes before heading back. I counted at least 35 sharks, all juveniles with a few large females. Only one with a hook. Also saw half a dozen squid. Very nice dive again and good lunch at Waterfront Hotel. Visibility very poor on average.

    6 February 2024 - Bare Island Right
    Very heavy rain this morning, over 30 mm at my place and similar here. Wind had not come up much when we went in but was over 30 kts S at end. Still not hard to get in or out. Not too bad viz considering how large the seas were on Saturday when we had to cancel dive here for Carol's Anniversary. Did the normal dive, the three painted anglerfish are still in their relevant spots, although the one nearest the Cave has moved to the adjacent rock. Two Parramatta nudis, the sea dragon near STR, no RIF, some more PPHs, at least 7 all up, but a couple missing from last dive including Goldie. Four upsidedown pipefish, the ones I have seen recently. One small wobbegong, a nice nudibranch, the BBSH and an orphan cowrie. A nice dive despite conditions. Visibility poor. 

    7 February 2024 - Lilli Pilli
    Wind and seas up for quite a few days so no much choice in diving, got desperate. First dive since December 2022 when I found the gun and ammunition. Went around net which is brand new. Not a single bit of growth on it and no sea horses there or anywhere else. Went around wharf, found about 10 knives on the sand! Then back to corner pylon and then N-W. At 12 metres I found a large, 2 metre long stature of a diver. Has a real scuba tank on back on sand and a mask on forehead. I have never seen it before despite diving here numerous times and mostly going past this spot. From here to N to ledges and then NE and E to shallows. Then back at this depth to pool. Not much seen apart from a large whiting, a flathead, a few small bream near the pool and some other fish. Very boring! Will be a while before I come here again. Visibility very poor at depth but poor overall. 

    8 February 2024 - Clifton Gardens
    Wind and seas too big for most places so ventured over to the northside of Sydney Harbour. Went in from beach and out to net. Then along the net and through one of the 12 holes I saw big enough for a diver (and of course, a shark). Then under the wharf to end. Found a nice yellow striated anglerfish walking fast, then a gobby in a bottle. Lots of fish, bream, whiting and leatherjackets under the wharf. Plenty of large octopus too. A black striated anglerfish off SW side of the end of the wharf. Back under the wharf and got hooked by a bait catching line, twice! Cut the line both times. Then a Whites sea horse on a pylon and two more striated anglerfish, one yellow and one pale orange. Both these look a lot different to the normal ones we see. Then headed out to the newish concrete block reef. There is a statue of a diver here and then closer to net an Easter Island statue. Back to wharf, then along net to SW. A large pipefish. Then to the sea horse hotels, most have fallen totally apart. One sea horse on a newer one that has not collapsed. Then to net and back inside to the beach. Nice dive. Visibility poor and very poor in a couple of spots. 

    9 February 2024 - Shiprock
    Went in a little after we should have, very big difference between tides either side of high, 0.3 to 1.8 to 0.1. A bit of tide against us at first, but once at the large rock, it was with us but much diminished. Flooded my housing again, operator error. Camera okay. A dead starfish (maybe, eaten anyway) and a very dead stingray. Then to plaque, I used stainless steel wool to clean the graffiti on it that someone put there a bit over a week ago (JAYNE). Got rid of all but A. Tide stopped about 20 mins into the dive and restarted about 15 mins later, but very slight. Took some timelapse video with GoPro, moray eels, hermit crab, pineapplefish, catfish and sabretooth blenny. Back along the wall, five pineapplefish. Other than a lot of bream, whiting, leatherjackets and some schooling catfish, not a great deal there. Very easy dive. Visibility fair. 

    25 February 2024 - Inscription Point
    Club shore dive. First dive in 15 days as away in Victorian High Country. Almost high tide, easy in and out. Little current at all, some on the way back running in, but a fair bit of surge. Viz about 8 metres, 22C. Only had 170 bar to start, exited with 30 bar. Saw three big belly sea horses, six pygmy pipehorses, one Bare Island anglerfish. This was the grey one past Little Big Rock which has now taken up the spot the white one was living in for many months, although recently was on a nearby rock. Quite a few dwarf lionfish, at least 8 I think. Also saw an eagle ray at the start, one sea dragon (most seem to be in kelp now). A very nice dive. Visibility fair.

    28 February 2024 - Barrens Hut/The Split
    Boat dive on Phil's boat, MakCat still out of action and may never be used again. A bit sloppy and wind was not up till after the dive. A very slight current from the north. Lots of surge and also much sand floating, especially near the reef edge. Could see the boat very clearly from well over 20 metres. Anchored on flat area south of The Split southern end. Went thru Split to N and tried to find donut nembrothas, Only one, all the purple ascidians are gone, did not see any apart from the one the donut was on. Quite a few kingfish, lots of seapike, two wobbegongs and two PJs. The bastard trumpeters were not in usual spot as there was a large wobbie there. A good dive. Visibility generally good, but very poor in a couple of spots.

    29 February 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Flat as a tack, cannot get any better surface conditions. Just after low tide, so not much incoming current. Viz was at least 20 metres on the wall. Found two of the three BBSHs on the wall. Back normal way. No RIF, sea dragons, upsidedown pipefish or anglerfish. They all seem to have moved since my last dive here three weeks ago. The white PPH is still in same spot as it has been for months, but could not find any of the other ones I have seen recently. Lots of yellowtail, especially in the very shallow water. Two fiddler-rays, quite a few octopus and a couple of moray eels. One very large Parramatta nudi on main Sea Tulip Rock, a few fine-lined tambjas here and there. A jorunna nudi and a few more nice ones. Visibility very good deep but only fair shallower. 

    2 March 2024 - Bare Island 15 Metre Reef
    Last minute dive organised by me. No camera as housing has a small leak somewhere. Extremely flat but too many fishers at W point. Went in past Carol's Plaque. Went down via outside of reef and back via the wall and edge. Viz was 4-5 m shallow but 10 m at least near 15MR, only a little surge. Colder at 18C there too, 20C elsewhere. Could not find the three orange painted anglerfish but Jasmine found another E of Cave. No sea dragon or RIF either. Two fiddler-rays, a few dwarf lionfish, many octopus, a couple of moray eels. No Parramatta nudi at STR either. Some yellowtail out deeper. A really nice relaxing dive. Visibility fair. 

    3 March 2024 - Inscription Point
    Easy in and out, right at low tide. Viz about 8 m or so. Very slight incoming current on the way back. Found the black BIA that was at Exit Rock. It is now S of the two BBSHs which were actually on the rock next door to normal spot. Another yellow one on this rock too, but did not know that till after the dive. Five PPHs, the mirmara was on a rock on sand line. The grey BIA is in same spot as last time. Another BBSH in normal spot shallower. A few dwarf lionfish, octopus and moray eels. On the way back heaps of other divers, we were the first ones in. A very good dive. Visibility fair. 

    8 March 2024 - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    Went in from before Carol's plaque. Clean shallow, 5 m or so down to IR1 when dropped to less than 3 metres. A little surge. Went right around the sand edge to IR1 and then around it and back via the main reef. The sea dragon was in the normal spot, first time I have seen in a month or more. No RIF, only a couple of PPH. A couple of fiddler-rays, a large wobbegong, some moray eels and octopus. One octopus grabbed my arm when I went to pick up an old bottle! Re-found the orange painted anglerfish from Saturday on same rock. I checked photos, I first saw it in June 23 on OHR, then in July and August, then this year in January near Cave. The white PPH is gone after over four months. Only saw the gold one on top of the rock. A huge crayfish near the angler, biggest I have ever seen in Sydney. Back to exit, no sea dragon this time. Nice easy dive. Visibility poor and very poor on IR1.

    9 March 2024 - Henry Head
    Club dive day and BBQ. Two boats, 19 divers, I was on Greg and Shelly's new boat. Beautiful day but filthy water, despite reasonably flat seas. Anchored a bit to N of normal spot. Dirty all way down but far worse on bottom, lots of sand floating from big swell earlier in the week. Went SE then back, Didn't really see anything worth commenting on. At least the BBQ and socialising was good. Visibility very poor.

    12 March 2024 - Bare Island Deep Wall
    Very flat seas, went in off W point and headed S to wall. Came back along the wall, only one sea horse on rocks off the wall. Back to Nearly Deep Wall, a couple of very small pipefish in with a small moray eel. Went right around the outside of RIF Reef and then N to the end of 15 Metre Reef. Then across to SHC. The two PPH (gold/yellow) are on top of Block Rock, but the white one is definitely gone. Then back along wall. Two upsidedown pipefish and then another two. The orange painted anglerfish from last week is gone, not seen by others since Saturday. Lots of octopus, a few moray eels, a PJ and a horned shark, plenty of yellowtail. Also a few dwarf lionfish. Visibility fair but poor shallow.

    14 March 2024 - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    Very flat seas at entry but changed while down, swell up and W point was impossible then. Very surgy, even below 15 metres. Also very bad visibility, 2-3 metres at the most and cold 18C all the dive. Went around the sand edge. Three PPH on OHR, a horned shark, sea dragon in STR, quite a few yellowtail in places. The yellow and gold PPH on Block Rock were out of their hole. BBSH is still on its sponge. A few upsidedown pipefish seen as well. Other than that, not a very nice dive. Visbility very poor.

    16 March 2024 - Clifton Gardens
    Second trip here this year, wow! $10 an hour parking, $15 tolls, great value, NOT. Anyway, only ones here, relatively clean, 4 m or so. Went into pool and there is still one hole in the net large enough to swim through. Went through to the outside and then to wharf. Mistakenly went around the corner and realised was getting shallow. Turned around and went to the wharf. Zig-zagged to the end. Saw three striated anglerfish, two were next to each other, a small one and a very fat large one. There was another one I did not see. No sea horses. Went back from the end and then W and then to the net. Then followed the litter trail to the sea horse hotels. No sea horses on them, but saw a small yellow Whites near. Also a large tiger pipefish. Back to net and then inside and to E and then back W and followed the net and then back to shore. A nice dive, anglerfish the highlight. Visibility poor. 

    23 March 2024 - Inscription Point
    Club shore dive. Six members but one had reg free flow and left shortly after start. High tide and outgoing current, viz about 4-5 metre and 19C but then 20C after 30 minss. Quite surgy and exit had to be timed. Went to normal turnaround point. The two BBSH are still in same spot, a small grey BIA on rock next to where the white one was for months. Quite a few PPH, octopus, a small moray eel, a few dwarf lionfish, a half dozen squid. No sea dragons but a small school of yellowtail. Easy swim back into the current. Nice easy dive. Visibility fair. 

    24 March 2024 - Bare Island Isolated Reef 1
    High tide and some waves over the W point so could not go in there. Went in before Carol's Plaque. Dirty shallow, 3-4 m at most, but near IR1 was 10 -12 metres. Also in some spots on the way back. Mostly 20C but 19C in clearer water. Four PPH, one RIF, no sea dragon (was near orange sponges near Shortcut apparently) and no anglers. The brown BBSH is gone! Went around IR1 clockwise, little current if any. All through the dive there were large schools of yellowtail. Some small cuttlefish, moray eels and lots of octopus, including one in the cairn I have been building near exit. Also four upsidedown pipefish as we have seen on recent dives here. Nice easy dive, lots of divers despite rain. Visibility fair deep but poor elsewhere.

    26 March 2024 - Shiprock
    Forecast was for long period in ocean, but only small swell. Entered right on high tide, no current at all till the tide changed. Went from Pool down and over the Pyramid to last bommie. Then to Plaque and along the sand off wall. Found a black striated anglerfish past last small bommie. Then right along the wall to the wharf. One pineapplefish and a frogfish here. Back along wall, another two frogfish, a yellow spotted boxfish and two more pineapplefish, up higher than normal. Another one in the normal place. Back to exit but forgot I had set up my GoPro to do timelapse on a hermit crab. Had to go back into the current. Turned out it was boring footage. Then straight up to Pool, safety stop there. One of the better dives here in the past 10 years. Visibility fair. 

    28 March 2024 - Inscription Point
    Was supposed to dive SS Tuggerah on Peter Fields' boat but wind was 15-19 kts rather than the forecast 7 kts. Decided to solo dive here. Calm when I went in but a bit rougher exiting. Before high tide but no current at all. Viz around 8 metres, no surge and 20C. Found the black and pink BIA near the two BBSHs. Forgot to look last dive. A few squid near here, the BBSH and the other one later. No PPH at all. The grey BIA moved back to where the white one was before. A few nice nudibranchs, including a punk one. Also a large six-spined leatherjacket. Came back shallower and then went W a bit around the kelp islands. Found one sea dragon here. Then out. A nice easy dive. Visibility fair.

    30 March 2024 - Bare Island Right
    Club dive I organised on Thursday, 9 members. Went in before Carols Plaque and went normal way down. Visibility was only 3-4 metres, but warm 21C and no surge. Heaps of octopus out in the open. Found the RIF same place as last Sunday. Saw three PPH, including the yellow and gold ones on Block Rock. No sea horse but Gits found a yellow striated anglerfish just near BR. Saw five upsidedown pipefish and two tiny pipefish. Lots of yellowtail out near SHC. A few small cuttlefish, a horned shark but not many nudibranchs. Nice dive. Visibility poor.

    31 March 2024 - Inscription Point
    Not many divers around considering perfect weather and seas, only three others and later a few more. Viz was 4-5 metres and a bit of surge. Could not find the black/pink BIA near the two BBSHs, looked everywhere. Was there yesterday apparently. Also could not find the yellow/orange BIA on Little Big Rock but found the grey one past there, has moved from last Thursday to its original location on the other side of the rock. A few PPHs, some dwarf lionfish, the other BBSH but could not find the miramara nudibranch that was also said to be still around. Some yellowtail and had a numbray almost hit me in the head! Nice relaxing dive. Visibility poor.

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