Posts Tagged ‘Bare Island’

Bare Island night dive (#279, 7.9 m, 43′, 15¬į C)

September 30, 2008

Last Tuesday was time for my first Bare Island night dive (will try to repeat that experience tonight…). The conditions had been rough for days, and the one option to dive at Bare Island was the west side. We started from the boat ramp on the island itself. The visibility was only 3-4m, but good enough for a pleasant dive. We crossed the sandy bottom to the west and followed the reef further, eventually turning south around a corner and then south-east. Despite the low visibility I had a terrific dive. I spotted my first striped pyjama squid, took a picture of what I was told later were mysids (mysidacea), had a Port Jackson shark almost swimming into me because it was so excited about the modelling light on my strobe… Ok, I let the pictures do the talking now ūüôā
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Bare Island east (#276, 9.1m, 74′)

September 18, 2008

Matt, Mogens and I jumped in on early Saturday morning on theScared of sharks? first day with summer like temperatures – that is, outside of the water. The 16 degrees water temperature did not prevent us from taking a long photo dive. We entered the water on the left side of the bridge and crossed the channel to dive the east side of Bare Island. We did not get too far though, once we arrived at the nice wall with lots of nudibranchs we simply got stuck as all ofBlue dragon (pteraeolidia ianthina) us had brought photographic equipment along. The visibility almost uniquely allowed for macro shots (the PJ shark picture was about the only exception), and that’s what we did for almost 75 minutes underwater…
It was a great start in the day, and what a difference to dry within minutes in warm wind rather than freezing badly due to a cold breeze as it had happened only two weeks before…

Bare Island (#271, 10.1 m, 75′)

July 22, 2008

Apart from the SW wind we found excellent conditions at Bare Island. The water was 15 degrees, still reasonably warm, at least if wearing a 7mm semi-dry.
I jumped in with the crowd of ProDive and did my own little photoNudibranch dive. Two minutes into the dive I found a little octopus hiding in a small crack, along the east wall there were tons of nudibranchs, two PJ sharks, a second larger octopus…all there. If I hadn’t told Dan to start getting worried if I wasn’t back after 75 minutes I would have stayed forever… especially because I met the small octopus again, this time sticking its head out of the hole… (more…)

Bare Island (#262, 9.1m, 60′ & #263, 14.8 m, 64′)

June 1, 2008

Hard to believe, but after more than a year in Sydney I finally did my very first dives at Bare Island. I either just didn’t go there or once there we decided to do something else (e.g. dive the container wall…). After todays dives I will definitely be back soon!

I jumped in with Matt, Mogens and Nina. Poor Nina was the only one without camera – I hope she could handle the very slow speed along the east side of the island. I finally got my strobe yesterday, and did some first tests on the two dives today. More about the testing of my camera setup here.
For the first dive we jumped in on the main land side of the bridge, dropped down and dived across the sand channel to the island. I was impressed by the wonderful colours, the incredible variety of nudibranchs and other marine life. We didn’t swim very far as we were taking a lot of pictures on the way. After 40 minuts we turned around and went the same way back.We started he second dive on the island, at a small and slippery boat ramp on the west side of the bridge. The first few minutes were not all that exciting, but once at the main reef we had a great dive. The visibility was a bit worse than on the first dive though. We followed the reef in W/SWdirection down to 15m, after 20min we followed a bed to the south and then back east. After 30 minutes we were cold enough to turn around. Again, we saw a lot of nudibranchs, shrimps and other macro stuff to test our cameras.All in all a wonderful diving day. Excellent weather, good conditions underwater and a dive site which is not by chance known as a favourite of many locals!