Solitary Islands Dive Sites
There are five Solitary islands within this unique group situated off the picturesque coastline offering warm clear water most of the year. Features of the islands include sheltered bays, scenic swim-throughs and drop-offs adorned with beautiful corals, sponges, anemones, and tropical and pelagic fish of many varieties. The blending of warm tropical and cooler temperate waters around the islands allows Dive Quest to offer you a multitude of dives with amazingly diverse, integrated marine communities that have to be seen to be believed.
North Solitary Island
Is the largest of the Solitary Islands group and strongly influenced by the warm waters of the East Australian Current. The island has dives around its circumference and offers a large variety of dives to suit different conditions and preferences
Among the vast array of marine life to be found at this dive site are schools of pelagic fish, Eagle rays, Grey nurse sharks, and turtles cruising over the dense beds of Anemones and their beautiful Anemone fish interspersed with numerous varieties of corals decorated with tropical fish. This site is one of our most popular and has something to offer divers of all levels. Depth 5 – 24 metres.
A rocky drop-off 100 m out from Anemone Bay, usually patrolled by Grey nurse sharks, Black cod, Eagle rays and Bull rays. There are also large and beautiful Black coral trees and Sea whips to be seen. Depth 5 – 24 metres.
A multi-coloured aquarium of tropical fish and bottom life, and a very popular spot for Spanish dancers, Blue tang and Coral cod. Depth 5 – 24 metres
The Bubble Cave
Fingers of coral covered rocky outcrops protrude southward in this area. Following these to the north leads to a cave in 8 metres of water and extends over 20 metres into the island. Depth 5 – 24 metres.
North West Rock “Fish Soup”
Approximately 2 km north of North Solitary Island, this rock is exposed and is in a current line. It offers superb fish life and spectacular swim throughs. Divers swim through a split in the outcrop to enter one of the most densely populated and diverse range of fish likely to be seen anywhere!! Bream, Tarwhine, Morwong, Mangrove jacks, Spangled emperors, Mosses perch, Black cod, Trevally, Blue groper, Flute-mouths and Sweetlips to name a few literally swarm divers as they explore this significant fish dive. Depth 5 – 24 metres.
North West Solitary Island (Single or double dive)
North West Solitary Island is a short distance offshore and offers relaxing diving and snorkelling. The dives offered here consist of rocky fingers and sandy gutters – an excellent location for hard and soft corals. Humpback whales are regulars during the winter migration.
A very easy dive with a variety of hard and soft corals, tropical fish and visits by our magnificent Manta Rays between January and June. Depth 5 – 24 metres.
A pinnacle beginning in 33 metres and rising to 15 metres from the surface. A cave runs through the bommie at 27 metres containing resident Lion fish, and frequent visitors include Grey nurse sharks, large cod and Jewfish, as well as the ever popular Kingfish. Sea whips and Gorgonian fans adorn the walls as well. Depth 20 -30 metres
South West Solitary (Groper) Island
The western side of the island has a high cover of various types of plate corals, some quite large. The large resident schools of Morwong, Sweep and Surgeon fish attract large predators and often large Kingfish, Tailor and Mackerel can be seen. As the name suggests, a growing population of Blue groper exists which regularly accompany divers. The depth varies between 5 – 25 metres.