Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips, Coffs Harbour NSW’s tropical Diving!

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Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips are our speciality! Join Jetty Dive aboard their World Class Dive Charter Boats!

To see the best diving around the Solitary Islands Marine Park, you must venture offshore to the Solitary Islands themselves, located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.
You will be amazed the variety of Marine life! A mixture of fish from the tropics and sub-tropical varieties as well. Out there the water is usually much cleaner and warmer because of the East Australian Current.

The South Solitary Islands are 30 to 40 minutes travelling time on our fast boat, so comfort is important, and size counts! The North Solitary Islands are up to 75 minutes away from Coffs Harbour, so the speed we have available on our boats counts!

Never Dived before or you want to Learn to Dive? Just click on this LEARN TO DIVE link!

Why Jetty Dive’s Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips!?

The Boats! … Big Boat Comfort without the crowds!

Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips
“Wild Fin” a 12 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat,

  • “Wild Fin” is built for speed and comfort!Jetty Dive is the home to the most spacious, comfortable Dive Charter boat in Coffs Harbour.
    It is the only “Big” Dive Charter boat between Forster and Wooli.
  • “Wild Fin” is of suitable size to provide the highest level of comfort and conveniences. Shelter from the Sun, Rain and Rough seas. You do not get cold or wet and it’s not too bumpy!
  • A Toilet and easy access Ladders are features of our boat, that make a big difference to your comfort.
  • Small group sizes are important, we have qualified staff to allow the groups we lead, to be small and not too crowded.

“2 Wild” a 10 metre Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat,

  • “2 Wild” is built for speed and comfort!
    Jetty Dive is the home to the most spacious, comfortable Dive Charter boat in Coffs Harbour. “2 Wild” is 2 metres shorter than “Wild Fin”, but performs in the sea as good. With economical but powerful engines, “2 Wild” can run extended trip with ease.jetty dive boats 2 wild
  • “2 Wild” is of suitable size to provide the highest level of comfort and conveniences. Shelter from the Sun, Rain and Rough seas. You do not get cold or wet and it’s not too bumpy!
  • A Toilet and easy access Ladders are features of our boat, that make a big difference to your comfort.
  • Small group sizes are important, we have qualified staff to allow the groups we lead, to be small and not too crowded.

 

When do we run Solitary Islands half day Dive and Snorkel Trips?

We conduct Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips (two dives on one trip) on a daily basis departing:

  • 7.30 to 8.00am returning at approx 12.30 pm.
  • Afternoon Dives are scheduled in busy times, check with the shop for timesSolitary Islands half day Dive Trips morning tea
  • Between the dives due to COVID 19 restrictions, we can supply hot water for a drink, and ask you bring your own refreshments.
  • We dive in small groups, with a Dive Leader service available. You will dive two fantastic locations at the Solitary Islands.
  • Rebreather Divers are welcome! However our schedule of two dives is not altered, you may choose to do 2 x 1 hour dives or arrange to complete 1 long dive. A guide will not be able to join you unless they are on a Rebreather on the day. Cost is the same as a Double Dive.

Certified divers can elect to dive without guides. 

Additional costs if you require a personal guide.

 

How much does the Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips cost?

SPECIAL COVID 19 Restrictions 

To respect social distancing rules, we will have to significantly reduce the number of divers on the boats, which means you will get a quite exclusive small group experience, but we have to increase our prices as we try to cover our costs in these trying times.

Snorkel Trips. May be with divers in the morning or afternoon, depending on conditions and demand.Charter Dive trip

Double Dive Trips. Two dives on a single morning trip with approx 1 hour surface interval.

  • Double Dive Trip to South Solitary Islands… includes Second tank … $180
  • Double Dive Trip… with tanks and weights… $200
  • Double Dive Trip… with all equipment … $235
  • Double Dive Trip to North Solitary Islands (sometimes doing 3 Dives on 2 tanks) – $ 225*
  • Double Dive Trip to Pimpernal Rock – $255**

Night Dive trips, Single dive on a trip to Split Solitary Island.

  • Night Dive Trip… with all own equipment …$100
  • Night Dive Trip… with tanks and weights …$120
  • Night Dive Trip… with Full gear hire ….$150

Wildfin - Jetty Dive boats for diving and whale watching

*North Solitary Island Trips are 50 – 75 minutes each way and are dependent on good weather and diver numbers (minimum of 8 divers) and usually by arrangement only. Gear and tank hire is extra.

**Pimpernal Rock trips are by special arrangement and reliant on weather and currents. Minimum number of 10 divers. Gear and Tanks extra.

Nitrox fills add $10 for 2 Dives! (All Nitrox divers must have a Nitrox certification)

Weekend Dive Packages (2 Days)

Includes 4 boat dives at the Solitary Islands and air fills.

$350 per Diver.

Tanks and weights add $40 per diver, full gear hire add $100.

Long Weekend Package (3 Days).

Includes 6 dives at the Solitary Islands and air fills.
$525 per Diver.
Tanks and weights add $60 per diver, full gear hire add $150.

Mid-Week Package (4-Day).

Includes 8 dives at the Solitary Islands and air fills. This is dependent on a minimum of 6 people for the Dive boat to operate.

$700 per Diver.

Tanks and weights add $80 per diver, full gear hire add $200.

Do we need to book?

Yes, indeed!

The Solitary Islands half day Dive Trips rely on minimum numbers, and have maximum limits too, so prior bookings are essential! Be early in busy times!

A deposit is required to secure your booking. Deposits are fully refundable if 48 hours notice before the trip is given. (Also refunded if trip is cancelled by us, due to weather) (Refer to part 29 of our terms and conditions for more details)

climbOnBoatDive Charter trips are weather dependent, and may be cancelled if unsuitable sea conditions prevail, Rain does not constitute for bad weather, in fact it can be better, and fish come closer!

 

Don’t forget if you are vulnerable to Sea Sickness, you may want to take medication!

 

Download a Dive Charter form and bring it in with you to save time before the charter.

click here to Email US for any Booking or question!

Due to the current Corona Virus restrictions,  We are also offering Muttonbird Island dives to keep retain a low cost dive experience.

We are endeavouring to supply an easy way to shore dive at Coffs Harbour’s Muttonbird Island with this concept during the restrictions during the Covid 19 social distancing issue.Muttonbird Island

Muttonbird Island has always been a difficult dive site from the shore, due to the rocky entry point and long walk with heavy equipment to get there. It opens an opportunity to use the Jetty Dive boats as gear stations at Muttonbird Island.

This is how it works.

Any equipment or tanks will be provided at the back of our shop to certified divers, after kitting up and testing, you, the certified diver will take your gear down to the Dive Boat at the normal loading wharf. Our staff will load the boat with your kitted up tank and weights, and you will then take a leisurely stroll down to the corner of Muttonbird Island and the North Break-wall.

When the boat arrives at the location, in your buddy pairs (with sufficient social distancing), you will climb down to the water and snorkel out to the boat, where the skipper will hand your equipment to you and allow you to enjoy a dive. If you plan to do two dives, the boat will meet you where you ascend, allow you to swap tanks on the boat and then descend for your second. (the depth in the area allows for two dives without the need of a surface interval).  At the end of diving the divers will again leave their gear with the boat and exit the water via the shore. After the boat returns, you can retrieve your equipment from the boat and head off home.

Cost of Dive Boat Gear delivery service at Muttonbird Island – $40 plus gear hire (at normal boat hire rates)

DAILY Snorkel Trips

Adventure Snorkel trips to the Solitary Islands. Trips depart on a daily basis with scuba divers or 8.30am if a snorkel only trip, returning 11:30-12:00pm. You will visit two exciting snorkelling sites during your morning adventure. All snorkelling equipment rental (mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit) is included.

Snorkel Trip (2 dives) – $ 160.00

To respect social distancing rules, we will have to significantly reduce the number of divers on the boats, which means you will get a quite exclusive small group experience, but we have to increase our prices as we try to cover our costs.

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PRIVATE Charter Trips

Depending on demand, we can offer private boats, or charters to suit your requirements – choose our ‘OWN BOAT’ option – Dive where you want, when you want.
Please contact us for further assistance.

Whale Watching Trips

Whale Watch trips run up to 3 times daily during the Whale Migration season for June till November, see our Whale Watching page for more details

Whale Swim Trips

Yes we Swim with Humpback Whales! Find out more on our Whale Swim at Coffs Harbour page

 

The Solitary Islands Marine Park

The Solitary Islands Marine Park on NSW North Coast, boasts some of the best diving in the state. We have a unique blend of tropical and ecologotemperate fish life found only in this region. The sanctuary zones around the islands protect our corals and fish, for divers to experience the area in it’s natural state.

Click on this Solitary Islands Marine Park Authority link for more details on this unique area

Guided underwater tours are our speciality, taking you through the best sites. We have dived the area for years, and know the locations and their features. Grey Nurse sharks of “Manta Arch”, Blue Tangs of “Boulder Wall”, Lionfish of “Buchanan’s Wall” or the coral gardens and Nudibranch’s of Split Solitary.

To Book on to a trip…

Click here and Email Us!

or Phone us 02 66 511 611

 

PROUDLY the only PADI 5 STAR DIVE CENTRE on New South Wales north coast for over 19 Years!

In fact, The only PADI 5 Star Dive Centre on the Banana Coast at Coffs Harbour! From Foster to Byron Bay! Hey we’ve been here on the Coffs Coast, longer than that! (A PADI Centre for 21 years! And a Dive Shop for over 35 years!)