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Dive Sites - Forster

Latitude Rock

Our most frequently dived site, Latitude Rock repeats itself in a series of gutters under the water. The Grey Nurse Sharks love hanging amongst the kelp in each of these gutters, so you can expect up to 30 sharks in a single dive.

Keep your eyes peeled for turtles, wobbegongs, heaps of fish, eels and a hole thats full of Port Jackson sharks.

Maximum depth to the sand: 11 metres

Spot A

Spot A is an extension of the reef at Latitude Rock, but these two sites couldn't be more different. Our skilled skipper will place the anchor over the top of the dive site at 8 metres, where you will descend into a magical world of fish, sea tulips, Grey Nurse sharks and more eels than you could ever imagine. This site is a wall dive - head right to the bottom and slowly work your way up and along. Big and little creatures await you on this site!

Maximum depth to the sand: 24 metres

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is rated in the top ten dive sites in the World. This is big critter territory, Grey Nurse Sharks up to 4 metres long in aggregations of 50 and more. Big kingfish, jewfish, trevally and stingrays are all seen here. An advanced dive, depth 24 to 33 metres (and deeper). This is the site that many divers experience their best dive ever, anywhere in the world.

Maximum depth to the sand: 33 metres

Idol Bay

Idol bay is a sheltered area, with often no current at all. It has a wide variety of marine life including tropical fish, loggerhead turtles, blue gropers pineapple fish and moray eels!

Maximum depth to the sand: 10 metres

 

The Baitgrounds

This sweet little reef system consists of two rocky formations lying approx. 20 metres apart just off the front of the headland here at Forster. During the Mullet runs months (from April - June) the Grey Nurse Sharks congregate and breed, as well as birth their pups. It is possible to do this site as a shore dive (with a fair swim), but we do it as a boat dive when conditions are awesome!

Maximum depth to the sand: 8.5 metres

Hayden's Rock

Positoned approximatley 150 metres off the shore, Haydens Rock sits between Pebbly Beach and Forster's Main Beach. What lies beneath is volumes of tropical fish, Blue Groper, varieties of Rays along with the occasional Loggerhead Turtle! This is one of the easier dives in the Forster area but at the same time one of the most beautiful!

Maximum depth to the sand: 10 metres

Bennett's Head Bommie

Covered in anemonies and coral, the Bennett's Head Bommie is full of marine life! Turtles, variety of Rays, Blue Gropers, Eels, Nudibranch and a whole lot more inhabit the rock formation.

There is also a small swim through cave to enjoy as well.

Maximum depth to the sand: 10 metres

Elim Shoals

Located approx half way down 7 mile beach, south of Forster. This dive site commonly reffered to as the "Grave Yard" forms one long gutter running perpendicular to the beach. This gutter is a favourite spot for Grey Nurse Sharks. Keep your eyes peeled for big swarms of bait fish above you as you explore this fascinating reef

Maximum depth to the sand: 12 metres

Dive Sites - Seals Rocks

The Grotto

Located on the south east corner of Big Seal Rock. In season the Grotto is home to big aggregations of Grey Nurse Sharks. At the peak of the season Feb - May divers can see upto 100 or more in this one spot alone

Maximum depth to the sand: 22 metres

Average depth: 15 metres

Westen Gutter

Located on the nor-western side of the Big Seal Rock, the Western Gutter is one of three gutters in this area that afford protection for the Grey Nurse Sharks.

Maximum Depth to the sand: 15 metres

Average depth: 12 metres  

Little Rock

The crystal clear waters at Little Rock is home to schools of Grey Nurse, Port Jackson and Wobbegong Sharks, Rays and other Pelagics. Critters are often hiding within the rock surface and caves

Maximum depth to the sand: 20 metres

Average depth: 16 metres

Jimmy's Cave

Located in the Seal Rocks area, to navigate to Jimmy's Cave there is a 24 metre vertical tunnel where you will find at the bottom, lobsters, shrimp and other small creatures. It is an exciting, fully enclosed cave dive, with three exits. We highly recommend exploring this cave with an experienced guide, or at least have an Advanced Open Water Diver License.

Maximum Depth to sand: 34 metres  

Inner Edith Breaker

Edith Breaker is an exciting cave dive site, located south east off the headland of Seal Rocks. The large reef system covers over 200 square meters, made up of swim thrus, gutters and caves. Through the coral there is plenty of large pelagics and some small critters too

Maximum depth to sand: 34m

 

Interlinked Caves

The interlinked caves are located in the same area as Jimmy's Cave. They are made up of two caves, adjacent to each other, as one exits, you enter the next. This site is a favourite for most divers.

 

Maximum Depth to sand: 33 metres

Labrynth & The Slot

 

Wrecks

Shipwreck, "S.S Catterthun"

The S.S. Catterthun is a fantastic wreck dive. The wreck has been the subject of articles in Australian Geographic and many dive magazines. The Catterthun sank with the loss of 55 lives in August 1895 after striking the underwater bombie southeast of the Little Rock. With a depth of 55 to 62 metres, the Catterthun is a dive for very experienced divers only. The wrecksite is also often subject to strong currents, which can prevent diving.

Maximum depth to the sand: 62 metres

Photo - Andrew Johnstone

"SS Satara"

The SS Satara lays between the Edith Breaker and Seal Rocks, and has done since 1910. Over the years it has deteriorated some what, and parts of the ship lay over the ocean floor. However the bow is torn off, upside down, still quite intact and full of artefacts for those who like to explore! The stern is the most outstanding, listing to the side. It stands proud above the wreck, a real sight to see. The huge bronze propeller is in place, in a cave-like structure created by the cruiser stern.

This wreck is done on request for suitable qualified dive groups.

Maximum depth to the sand: 44 metres

The Barge

The Barge, surrounded by reef and colourful sponges, is located directly out from the entrance to Wallis Lake and is only dived straight after a high tide. The Barge has mostly collapsed with only parts of framework remaining, however beneath the sections of framework you will find turtles, wobbegongs, catfish and moray eels!

Grey Nurses often patrol the site and is also an aggregation site for the shark.

Maximum depth to the sand: 28 metres