Scuba Diving the Sapphire Coast

by Paul

From: Paul

Sent: Saturday, 20 October 2012 4:30 PM
To: South Coast Community
Subject: RE: Enquiry from

You asked I let you know about my weeks trip to the South coast. As life happens, things did not go to plan,
Firstly my wife took sick so she cancelled out. She was good enough to give me the ok to still go. A friend was visiting the area from the Bellarine Peninsula and agreed to share costs with me, though not a diver himself.
We first explored as far as Bega and Tathra and were impressed with the vivid greens of the rich landscape and English like rolling hills and valleys. The sky changed colour as we crossed the border and became progressively more cornflower blue and the sky was reflected in the aquamarine calm inviting seas. Settling into Merimbula for three nights we enjoyed the freindly township, great choice of restaurants and shops and then the fantastic surprize of the local Aquarium. Following I went for my arranged dives below that site off the rocks and near the wharf-which yealded unexpected machinary tracks, pipes, railings and disintegrating boards, both of which we imagined came from some unknown wrecks.
The sea was far warmer than Victoria by many degrees and the visibility only limited due to recent rains. We next went to Eden where I dived a couple of great wrecks, one of which was the Tasman Hauler through Merimbula dive center and via Traralgon SEAL dive center. Again the water was a comfortable 15 degrees, the visibility several meters and the wrecks small at about 40 metres,but the expereince worth repeating at some time. Whales were in abundance and were a joy to listen to their songs at 28 metres below. We continued exploring each beachm every by way and caravan park, each walk and second hand shops and coffee houses all the way back to Eden and then Lakes entrance where we camped again. We say thanks to the various motel at those towns where we were catered for with cooked breakfasts, clean rooms, good views and friendly care.
We thank you for directing us to all the choices and I shall keep this information so I can return with my wife sometime, and this time taking in Jervis Bay and everywhere inbetween. Gratefully. Paul

----- Original Message -----
From: South Coast Community
To: Paul
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2012 1:30 PM
Subject: RE: Enquiry from

Hi Paul,

Thanks for your interest in Jervis Bay area for your diving holiday.

Not sure if you have your own gear etc. or not but based on what you’ve said, we can recommend Boat charter operators, Jervis Eco Adventures who are excellent snorkel/dive operators.

If necessary, you can hire SCUBA gear etc. at;
• Dive Jervis Bay, Huskisson ph: (02) 44 415 255 email:
• Ulladulla Dive 4455 3029 e: web:

• Woolamia Village Retreat, really close to Jervis Bay
• Jervis Bay Cabins
• Mollymook Seascape Motel And Apartments near Jervis bay
• Milton Country Cottages a bit more expensive but very stylish

Also, if you haven’t dived Montague Island or the wreck nearby, if that’s of interest ?? before, you might consider a stop at Narooma on your way to Jervis Bay.
For our recommended accommodation and whale watching operators, see the following.

• Narooma - Island Charters, who’s owner/operator is himself a keen SCUBA diver and regularly conducts ‘Snorkel/dive with the seals’ see below trips, plus arranges a dive to the SS Lady Darling wreck from time to time.
With accommodation available at;
• Amooran Oceanside Apartments and Motel , offer snorkelling packages from Narooma
• Lynch's Hotel, historic “Aussie Pub” at Narooma

Snorkel with the Montague Island Seals:
Some general info is “People participating should be able to swim and feel generally comfortable in the water. Entry to and exit from the water will be from the boat and people will generally stay close to the boat. . You can snorkel without a wetsuit, of course, but at this time of year, you’ll probably get cold quickly and the wetsuit provides additional buoyancy as well. The usual hats, sunscreen, water, warm jacket, towel and camera (underwater if possible) should also be brought. If you are concerned about seasickness, buy an appropriate medicine from the chemist and take it before the boat leaves.

Usually the boat operator will provide a briefing, snorkeling tips and some basic refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits etc). Any trip like this is weather dependent, of course. The seals are in a generally sheltered location and the island offers several alternative sites.

People participating will need mask, snorkels, fins and wetsuits (of whatever kind). If people don't have their own they can be hired from:
• The Ocean Hut, Narooma (4476 2278), or
In addition,
• Island Charters, Narooma Charters and maybe also the others have masks, snorkels and fins on the boat, but it would best to check with them in advance.

If you think a snorkel with the seals at Montague Island would be good, to check the schedule over October, it might be best to check what tours are planned by phoning any of the following:
• Island Charters (02) 4476-1047 see full details below
• Narooma Visitors Information Centre on 1800 802 528

"Light refreshments are provided. Just cold drinks and biscuits on 2 ½ hour trips. Muffins and hot drinks plus biscuits and cold drinks on 4 hour or longer trips. . We often have dolphins riding the bow wave and customers can stand or sit down the front to watch them play. Unfortunately all trips are reliant on minimum numbers so it is always worth calling to see what we have already booked. Customers do always have the option of course of paying the extra to cover the minimum cost. If we then book more people we can give them a refund of any extra they paid.

A) 2 ½ hour trip including 1 hour lighthouse visit with a NPWS guide plus a visit to the fur seal colony. At present this is an afternoon trip leaving Narooma at 12.30pm and returning at 3.00pm. The cost is $95 per head.

B) 4 hour trip which includes a 2 ½ hour NPWS guided tour of the island and lighthouse plus a visit to the seal colony. This trip leaves the wharf at 9am and returns at 1pm. The cost is $105 per head.

C) 4 hour Eco Adventure which includes 1 hour lighthouse tour and birdlife viewing with NPWS guide, followed by a visit to the fur seal colonies with opportunity for interactive snorkelling fun plus 1 ½ hours of whale watching adventure and afternoon tea. Fins, goggles and snorkels and afternoon tea are provided. ( not wetsuits). This trip leaves at 12.30 and returns at 4.30pm. The ultimate wildlife experience! Seals, birds, whales, plus usually dolphins! The cost is $125 per head.

We also still offer all our other trips- reef fishing trips of varying lengths from 4 hour to full day, snorkelling with seals, scuba diving at any of the 12 or so sites we use at Montague or down to the shipwreck, plus wildlife cruises which may involve some light handline fishing or a quick snorkel or swim with the seals, and of course straight whale watching trips. If you like I can send you a price list of our basic trips.

Please call if you have any questions. We can be far more flexible than the bookeasy site allows and try to cater for particular interests or time changes”.

Kind regards
Kathie Thackray
Island Charters Narooma

We do hope the above info assists and that you enjoy your stay on the coast and would love to hear about your experience on the website or just by email to us

Kindest regards,

Mark & Sue Berry

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-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, 9 September 2012 4:59 PM

Subject: Enquiry from

On Sun Sep 09 02:49:32 2012, the following enquiry was received from the "Contact Us, More Info" on

First Name: PAUL
Which Package ?: Dive/Snorkel Tour Launching from :
Launching from Other ?: anywhere on the list above
Which Operator ?:
Please provide more details about this package ?: I am coming up to the area-from Merimbula to jervis Bay area mid Ocotober for about a week.I desire to fit in at least 6 dives for myself only, and look around the area at other times with my wife. i anticipate about the 12th arrival-but will adjust my times if something specific is happening you can recomend. Am willing to dive at several sites along the coast.
Arrival Date & Time: 12th October approximately
Duration: about seven days
Number of Adults: two
Number of Children: nil

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Dec 11, 2012
Very useful info
by: Martin

Thanks for the 'low down' on the best diving spots !

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