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ABROLHOS ISLANDS |
There’s always a place to dive at this island
chain, 40-130km from Geraldton, even if it’s
windy or the swell is up, says Greg. The marine
reserves are best because in unprotected areas
coral damage has been caused by fishers.
Anemone Lump is a great dive, he says, an
example of how creating a sanctuary zone can
revive a marine ecosystem. Half the size of a
football oval, the top is a mass of sea anemones
and clown fish. The tropical coral formations are
the southernmost on the planet.
EXMOUTH | NAVY PIER + NINGALOO
The Navy Pier is a standout (and some say it’s one of the best in the world) because fishing is
prohibited, so the ecosystem has thrived. There is massive biodiversity and it’s close to shore.
Dive expert Greg Lowry says it’s a good demonstration of the ‘If you build it, they will find it’
philosophy as the pier has become home to an abundant number of fish, including many large ones.
The pier is restricted by the Navy, so access has to be gained through the dive store licence holder. At
another site, the Cod Hole, off South Muiron Island, huge potato cod (pictured) interact with divers.
ROWLEY SHOALS | ANYWHERE
“If I had my own boat, I would head there all the time,” says expert Simon Jones, about Rowley
Shoals. “There are three coral atolls with unique life. Plus, there are safe anchorages, good drift dives
and every day you will see something amazing,” he adds. Simon first dived at Rowley Shoals in 1979,
and says you will see marine animals there that you don’t see anywhere else. Located 260km (140
nautical miles) west–north-west offshore from Broome, the shoals are a chain of three spectacular,
pristine coral atolls that cover 80sqkm and rise up to 400 metres from the ocean floor, on the edge of
the continental shelf. Most dive/cruise operators visit Rowley Shoals from September to November/
December and divers can see giant clams, shellfish, giant potato cod and Maori wrasse. They can
discover more than 200 species of coral and 650-plus species of fish, in water with visibility greater
than 60 metres. “The shallower sites are good dives for small, colourful fish and healthy coral... it’s
just like diving in an aquarium,” says diver Greg Lowry.
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