Diving the Wild West Coast of Tasmania

3 months 2 days ago #303558 by james
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Here is a video of diving the west coast of Tasmania out of Granville Harbour. The area is seldom dived other than by abalone divers, and recreational divers snorkelling or using hookah to collect rock lobsters and abalone in the kelpie shallows.

Being in the path of the roaring forties the west coast is constantly pounded by large swells and westerly gales which often thwarts many diving plans. Back in March we got perfect conditions with low swell and light offshore winds making it worthwhile undertaking the long and winding trip from Hobart to Granville with a larger boat.

This video features diving reef in the 15-30m range, which is surprisingly dominated by walls of colourful invertebrate life though in a generally stunted form due to persistent large swells that pound the shore. The reef in quite complex comprising of walls, canyons, gutters and pinnacles rising steeply from the sand in 30m along a 500m stretch of coast making for interesting dive along with the opportunity to garb a feed of crays and plate sized abalone.



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3 months 2 days ago #303559 by slug
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Excellent video James, never had much luck with the weather down there myself. Can remember when the crays were like that around Stanley though!
Cheers Greg C.

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3 months 1 day ago #303560 by AB
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As always amazing stuff James! I've always wondered what the west coast would be like.

Alan

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