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Explore dive spots
It’s official – WA is underwater heaven.
We ask some of our State’s most prolific divers about their best dive sites.
BUSSELTON | BUSSELTON JETTY
The Busselton Jetty site (left) offers a shallow
dive, up to 8m deep. Dive expert Greg Lowry
says light filtering between the pylons creates
a magical swim with schools of temperate fish
moving in and out of the beams. Greg, a diver
for 38 years and a PADI dive instructor for more
than 20, says orange and yellow octocorals
adorn the pylons to give a vivid backdrop.
It’s worth diving day and night. Simon Jones,
director of the Perth Diving Academy, who’s
been diving in WA for 40 years, says divers will
see similar marine life to that seen off Esperance
Jetty. “I’d put it on a par with that,” he says.
Another dive recommended in this area by
Greg is Naturaliste Reef, which he says has
good visibility and rises from the depths in the
middle of a deep surround, creating conditions
for a concentration of marine life. It’s best dived
with a local operator, who can brief you about
the sometimes deceptive currents. It’s been said
to be one of the most unique dives in WA, and
some of the marine life travels from as far away
as the Kimberley, brought down by the Leeuwin
current, to survive the winter in the shallow
warmer waters of Geographe Bay.
“For caves, holes, ledges
or overhangs – Rottnest
is the place to go. People
take Rottnest for granted,
but when divers return
from overseas trips or
even east coast ones,
they understand how
lucky we are.”
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