Location: Mt Eliza
Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 3mtrs
Max Depth: 5mtrs
Directions: Located in Mt Eliza at the end of Daveys
Description: The main areas to dive are 1, the bit off to the left of the beach with the rocky outcroppings, and 2, the area around the reef marker that is directly out from the beach a few hundred metres out. Seahorses will found around the left side rocky area (the sheltered bay side) and the best entry is to walk along the beach from the stairs and enter near the rocks Watch out for the rocks under foot as you first enter the water. This first bit is all very shallow and you can snorkel this part of the site quite easily but for taking images you are best on scuba if that is what you want to do. We encountered seahorses in this area both times we dived it, once during the day and once at night. You are pretty much guaranteed to see them here if you take your time and look.
Between the rocky “point” and the reef marker is a gully of sand which is quite interesting as you can see heaps of really long filter worms (at least 1.5m long some of them) in this part. At night they come out of their holes and the area is literally covered in them. Don’t forget your navigation in this area or you might end up over on the other side of the bay. A pile of rocks covered in algae and seaweed marks the spot where the reef marker is. Swim around the outside of this pile of rocks as you go around the seaward side you will find a large circular hole in the rock almost like an underwater amphitheatre. Some interesting overhangs, nooks and crannies are in this area. We came across flathead at the base of the marker, bullseyes and on the night dive we did see sea cucumbers, moving around like loch ness monsters, being about to spawn.
It can be better to swim straight back across the bay to the steps on your return. Zip tie a cyalume to the bottom of the stairs if you do a night dive as it gives you something to reference to on the way back in. This will come in handy if like us your navigation skills really need a bit of work. Swimming back directly across the bay will also let you get a few images of some different types of life. We encountered toadfish, leatherjackets, and even a lost Wollongong bug as we swam back to shore.
This is a nice secluded site to dive if you can’t get out on a boat and want to dive somewhere in the bay other than a pier. It is definitely worth a try during the day and during the night. Plus there were seahorses there.
Access Type: SHORE
Average Visibility: 10mtrs