One of the ‘must do’ dives on the New South Wales coast is Fish Rock Cave. We’ve done this dive a few times about five years ago and we were really looking forward to diving it again. It is one of the few locations in the world where you are guaranteed to see Grey Nurse (Ragged tooth) sharks all year round.
We went out with Fish Rock Dive Centre, and we were very impressed. There were only 6 divers on the boat, which included two Dive Master guides, so there was heaps of room and lots of dive options available. We decided to do three dives: a drift dive around Fish Rock, a shark dive and another drift dive around Green Island. All the dives were fantastic, visibility was about 10 metres, and with so much fish life it was hard to take it all in.
Kingfish: There were heaps of these fish, darting in and out of the school of bait fish.
Jew fish: This school was made up of small jew fish, about 40-50cm long
Grey Nurse: There were about 15 sharks hanging around in the gutters outside the cave entrance at 20m depth. Unfortunately the lighting isn’t good on the photos, but it’s amazing to be in the water with these large sharks.
Grey Nurse Shark
More Grey Nurse Sharks
Guitar Shark (aka: shovelnose shark/ray): This shark was about 2.5m long. The current was quite strong so we had to drag ourselves along the bottom to get up close. Then the bream fish kept getting in on the photos.
Guitar Shark up close
Eagle ray: We saw eagle rays on all the dives. They were always just out of photo range, so there was no chance of getting a good photo.
Blue spotted ray: The sandy bottom around Green Island was covered in these rays. We were constantly disturbing these critters as we moved across the sand.
Green turtle: Again other fish wanted to get in the photo.
White eyed moray eel with cleaner fish
Squid: every now and then when you look up, you will find these fish watching you.
Osprey : We watched this bird hunting fish off Green Island.