Groper Island – Gardens of Coral Reef
On the northern side of Groper Island or South West Solitary Island are three mooring (usually!), the perfect location for diving on a day of southerly winds
Groper Island is a divesite that like Split Solitary Island, can be amazing, with extensive Coral gardens of Plate coral, much more than the Great Barrier Reef!. This site hides a lot of macro life.
The moorings is located in 10-12 metres of water on the contour of deeper water and shallow 8 metre and shallower reef.
The Eastern end mooring has large gravel based gutters running into the island with rocky nooks as you venture around the eastern side of the island.
The Western end gently slopes away from the moorings an has very prolific coral cover, the more interesting parts of this area are in the shallows with unusual fish to be found. Lots of Egg Cowry shells and nudibranchs.
The divesite can get to 18 metres deep, but usually varing between 12 and 16 metres. Not as prolific with big fish compared to South Solitary, with usually poorer visibility, but on it’s day, South West Solitary can be a great dive.
What you’ll see at South West Solitary’s Northern Moorings..
What you see on most dives!
What you might see, if you’re lucky!
Hazards or Dangers
Currents: No current usually, an ideal site for the first dive in the area, as it is an easy dive.
Be careful with your navigation this area has been known to get people lost! The visibility at South West Solitary is not always good, hence this problem.
Navigation tip! If you are getting deeper, maybe you are moving away from the island!
Mike’s Mooring is usually a good mooring in days with North easterly sea breezes, because is allows for protection behind the island.