Our local reef trips are offered semi-regularly, frequenting sights such as Mudjimba Island, Shellacey Reef, Caves, the Trench, and Hanging Rock. These sites have decent coral coverage, many macro opportunities, and cater to both the beginner and advanced diver. Visibility can vary from 10-20 meters with the sites’ proximity to the coast and recent weather conditions. Water temperature varies from 18C in winter to 26C in summer. Depths vary from 10 to up to 30 meters. Whilst we cannot offer any guarantee with nature, it is common to find many tropical fish, nudibranchs, and different crustaceans at these locations. Although less common, green sea turtles, grey nurse sharks, and manta rays also frequent these sites.
Fairyland: This magical site has a maximum depth of 17 meters, accessible for all qualification levels. It is a lovely 5 meter wall, 50 meters in length. The top of the wall sits in 12 meters
of water and boasts some of the largest plate corals you will see on our reefs. It is home to an array of tropical reef fishes including the ever popular clown fish, nudibranch, eagle rays, moray eels, barracuda and turtles.
Old Women Island: This sheltered reef is perfect for training dives, snorkelers and even the most experienced divers will enjoy the colours this site has to offer. A lovely wall ranging from 16 meters up to 5 meters homes crayfish, wobbygong sharks, loads of nudibranch, cowries shells and even the occasional turtle, along with all the tropical reef fish and corals you would expect from Mooloolaba reefs.
Wobby Rock: As the name suggests this is the site to see wobbygong
sharks. This site also has a lot more to offer. With lovely boulders to explore and small swim through’s, this site is also a good spot to search for the grey nurse sharks that use it as a transitional home. You will also encounter large schools of surgeon fish and the occasional turtle.
The Caves: This shallow site is often used for our training dives with a maximum depth of 12 meters and a small 1-3 metre ledge which homes schools of surgeon fish, wobbygong sharks, small tropical reef fish and turtles. This is the site that we occasionally see mantra rays gliding by or stopping for a clean by the cleaner fish on top of the ledge.The Trip
The day is typically a
midday trip, with a 11:00-11:30 meeting time at the shop. This is subject to
change, as weather and other scheduled boats can impact our departure times.
Hot drinks, such as coffee and hot chocolate, are available upon arrival. After
we verify all paperwork is in order, settle any balances, site divers’
certification cards, and ensure gear is organized, we depart for the day’s
location. These sites typically take around 20 minutes to get to on the boat.
In that time we will give you a safety briefing, and a dive site briefing.
If you are wanting a guide, or are booking singly (without a dive buddy), then you may need to go with an instructor who is teaching an open water course. Because of the nature of the course, your dive times may get cut short, and the area you can explore will be severely restricted. If planning to go with a buddy, and unguided, there are far less restrictions on these dives.
Reminder for divers:
Please note if you have not dived in the last 2 years you will be required to complete a Scuba Review before you can participate in any diving activities.
These can be arranged on most days at set times provided we have at least 3 days notice. Please contact us on 07 5444 5656 for more information.
This is also in Open Water and we suggest that you look into Seasickness medication to minimize the chance of it effecting your trip.