It was another Beautiful blue day out at South Solitary Island. Buchanans Wall was full of life for our first dive, including Lionfish, Eagle rays, Sweep, Snapper and Tarwhine. Over the past couple of days we have had a raging current, however today it was non-existent. The second dive was at Cleaner Station where our…Details
The big southerly pumped through last week which pushed the EAC (East Australian Current) really close to the Coffs Coast. The water today at South Solitary Island was amazing!! Crystal clear 25m Visibility and a toasty 25C, loads to see on both dives with some large schools of Tarwhine and Travelly up the top end…Details
After a week of strong winds and big swell, we were keen to get back into the water. With blue water on the trip out to South Solitary, we were exited to jump in at Buchanan’s Wall for our first dive. Buchanan’s had plenty of action under the water, seeing Turtles, Rays, Lionfish, Wobbys, Snapper,…Details
We managed to get out and back from South Solitary Island this morning before the strong southerly change this afternoon. We stayed sheltered up the northern end of the island for both dives with Manta Arch as the first and Shark Gutters as the second, both dives had loads to see including Wobbygong, Mantis Shrimp,…Details
With a very small number of people on the Wild Fin this morning we made our way out to South Solitary Island. The surface conditions at the lighthouse were perfect and the visibility was about 15m. Dive one was at Buchanan’s Wall and Dive two was a Drift from Cleaner Station around to The Gantry,…Details
This mornings northerly breeze was no match for “Wildfin”, with Mike at the helm, we arrived at South Solitary Island within no time at all. Jumping in at Buchanan’s first, our divers were treated with Turtles, schools of fleeting Mac Tuna and a giant Bullray which was sheltering ten or so Remora and a large…Details
All we can say is don’t let the weather updates stop you from booking on for a dive! We only had 10 people on the boat today and we think it is from what the forecast has been predicting over the past few days, yet at South Solitary Island today it was all kinds of…Details
Escaping the dreary grey sky, we spent our Thursday under the water at South Solitary Island. With visibility a lovely blue 15-20m, our divers spotted a huge variety of life including Eagle Rays, Bullrays, Shovel Nose Rays, schooling Jewfish and Mackerel, a number of Green and Hawkesbill Turtles plus so much more!
Diving conditions have improved remarkably after a couple of days of dirty water at the Solitaries. The current at South Solitary had backed off today and the water clarity had picked up to a lovely 15-20m. Grey Nurse, Black Cod, Turtles and some massive schooling Jewfish were just some of the highlights on today’s first…Details
Today was a special day for Mike and Deb as they had their 31st wedding anniversary dive together today a huge congratulations to them both!!! Today’s pic is of Deb and a Wobbygong. To top off the excitement we had dive one at South Solitary Island and we were treated to 10 – 12 Grey…Details
After the last big blow, we were keen to get back in the water at South Solitary Island today. Manta Arch was inhabited by half a dozen or so Grey Nurse and this Paper Fish which was photographed by Nathan. Lots to see around Shark Gutters and the Cleaner Station. A Jawfish, large Black Cod, Lionfish,…Details
There is no better way to break up the week then with a dive at South Solitary Island. The northern end of the island was the place to be. Grey Nurse Sharks, Black Cod, Eagle Rays, Green Turtles, Shovel Nose Rays, Frogfish and the smallest yellow Boxfish you have ever seen!
Vis 10-15m, temp 23c.
Hiding from the freshening NE breeze, Buchanan’s Wall was the pick for today’s first dive. Green Turtles, Lionfish, Moray Eels, Wobbegong Sharks and plenty of cool Nudi’s were spotted by our divers. With an adventuress entry, dive two was a drift from Shark Gutters to the Gantry. Grey Nurse, Black Cod, more Turtles and a…Details
Arriving at Buchanan’s Wall today we discovered our resident Loggerhead Turtle “Barney” with her head tangled in the mooring line and in a very distressed and fatigued state. Jetty Dive Instructors, Nathan and Lindsay, jumped in to help. After untangling the mooring line something else appeared to be the blame. Several strands of heavy braided…Details
Yet another cracker day at South Solitary Island, today we had beautiful blue water and a lot of action up the top end. Dive one was at Buchanan’s Wall. Lots of turtles, Lionfish and a huge Wobbygong resting near the mooring line. During the surface interview we were treated by a spotted eagle ray flying…Details
The conditions underwater today were beautiful. The northern end of South Solitary was buzzing with life. Our divers spotted Black Cod, Stingrays, Blue Gropers, Turtles and lots of schooling fish around Cleaner Station mooring. One of our groups ventured down to south Boulder where they experienced even clearer water. We have an ugly southerly coming tonight…Details
Once again we were blessed with clear blue water at South Solitary Island today. Hiding from the slight southerly breeze, the northern end was the pick of the dive sites. Today’s highlights included Eagle Rays, Turtles, Lionfish, Nudibranches and some huge schools of Pomfrets and Goatfish. There was also plenty of Sharks under Manta Arch,…Details
Protected from the freshening SW breeze, our divers jumped in at Shark Gutters for today’s first dive. Black Cod, Lionfish, Turtles and Eagle Rays were spotted by our divers. Dive two was a leisurely swim from Manta Arch to the Cleaner Station. Grey Nurse Sharks, more Black Cod plus schooling Sweep, Goatfish and Tarwhine in…Details
Well that’s it, diving at South Solitary Island for 2015 is over, but not without disappointment. Unfortunately, due to the strong southerly winds the last four days of diving were cancelled. Itching to get back in the water, we shot out to South Solitary Island for two dives this morning. Our divers spotted lots today, including Turtles, Lionfish,…Details
The prevailing weather conditions meant that we couldn’t get to South Solitary Island this morning, however we did get to Mutton Bird Island for 2 great dives. Octopus, Blue Grouper, giant Sea Hares, Squid, Wobbegong Sharks and an array of beautiful Nudi’s were spotted during our dives!
Vis 5-8m, temp 22.