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4 MILE REEF
Where | Geographe Bay, Dunsborough to Busselton
Distance | Approximately 4 nautical miles from shore
Access | Boat only
Level of difficulty | Easy to advanced
Actually an ancient shoreline, 4 Mile Reef is also known to locals as 10
Fathom Bank. The reef is a limestone ridge that comes up in sections from
a sandy bottom at 18m to 15m on the top of the reef. It runs east to west
in the bay, making it very easy to navigate. There are many different sites
along the reef, each with its own unique environment. The three main
sites are Bulleye, Coral Gardens (also known as the Coral Bombie) and
Basils Reef. The most difficult part of this dive is actually locating the dive
site – you’ll need a quality sounder and be able to read it.
See | Bulleye is known for its many small limestone caves which house
cuttlefish, western blue devil fish, eels and stingrays to mention a few.
It’s so called because of the bulleye fish that carpet the reef. Many species
of table fish such as dhu, baldchin and blue groper, harlequin, breaksea
cod, king george whiting and schools of skippy frequent this site. Coral
Gardens gets its name from the many ledges of plate coral that sprout
like blooming roses from the edge of the reef. This dive site has many
twists and turns and is the longest protruding section of the reef to
visit. The main feature of this site is the huge turbinaria coral bombie
that stands like a tower teeming with life. Basils Reef is an artificial reef
consisting of Basil – a dummy scuba diver pushing a lawn mower –
surrounded by his motorbike and pushbikes that divers can sit on and
pretend to ride the reef.
Did you know? Nudibranch enthusiasts will be interested to know
that Geographe Bay is home to three species of nudi and two species of
flatworm that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.
Photography The Dive Shed Busselton.
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