South Solitary Island Dive

Finally, the dive conditions have improved and we got back in the water at South Solitary Island, just North of Coffs Harbour, NSW.  It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve dived South Solitary Island and we we’re really looking forward to this dive, especially since we didn’t dive North Solitary Island while at Wooli the previous week.

We went out with Jetty Dive, Coffs Harbour.  The conditions were above average with about 10-15metres visibility, 25 degrees and a slight current.   It was good to be under the water again.  South Solitary Island is definatly worth diving if you are visiting the area, there is pleanty to see.  

Loggerhead Tutle:  This turtle was the first thing I saw on our second dive.

Loggerhead Turtle: This turtle was the first thing I saw on our second dive.

Yellowtail Kingfish:  There were a few of this guys hanging around.  They would come in close to take a look at you and then, just as quick, leave.

Yellowtail Kingfish: There were a few of these fish hanging around. They would come in close to take a look at you and then, just as quickly, leave.

Wobbegong Shark:  These Wobbies in general appeared much smaller than what we see around Cook Island and Julian Rocks.

Wobbegong Shark

Scorpian Fish:

Eastern Red Scorpionfish:  These fish are very common in NSW and southern Qld coastal waters.  I don’t think we have done a dive in these regions without seeing them.  they’re not very pretty…..

Schooling Bream

Schooling Bream:  There were hundreds of these fish along the  rock walls.

Butter Bream:

Blacktip Bullseye fish:  If you move slow and don’t blow too many bubbles, you can get into the middle of the school and surround yourself with fish.

Cuttlefish:  This one was not very active and was happy to pose for a photo.

Cuttlefish: This one wasn’t  very active and was happy to pose for a photo.

TubeWorm

Tube Worm

And the Nudibranchs………..

African Chromodoris (Nudibranch)

African Chromodoris (Nudibranch)

Rough Trippa (Nudibranch)
Rough Trippa (Nudibranch)

Purple-spotted Chromodoris (Nudibranch)
Purple-spotted Chromodoris (Nudibranch)

Purple-edged Ceratosoma (Nudibranch)
Purple-edged Ceratosoma (Nudibranch)

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  1. Wow, awesome post! South Solitary Island’s waters looks amazing, what a diverse and active marine eco-system.

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