Scuba Diving in South Australia

Fleurieu Peninsula

Leafy Seadragon

   rapid bay jetty

The jetty at Rapid Bay is a long T-shaped jetty which is popular with divers and anglers.  The highlight of a dive here is the very strong possibility of sighting both weedy and leafy seadragons.  It is considered one of Australia's best jetty dives.

Depth: 10 to 12 metres
Entry: The future of Rapid Bay Jetty is currently under review.  Access to much of the jetty has been restricted, however access for divers is via a staircase and platform on the west side.  
Features: Old Wives, Trevally, Gurnard Perch, Snook, Pike, Weedfish, Boarfish, Pipefish, Tasselled Anglerfish, Zebrafish, Moonlighters, Tubemouths, Leafy and Weedy Seadragons, Nudibranchs
Comments: This is a fantastic jetty dive, where there is always something new to see.  Fish life is abundant and many of SA's elusive species can be found here.

 

   lasseter's reef - second valley  

Lasseter's Reef is a large bommie situated out in the main bay at Second Valley.  It is a very long snorkel out to the reef, so using a boat out of the Marina St Vincent at Wirrina Cove is the best option.  See the very rough mud map for directions to the reef.  

Depth: 8 to 10 metres
Entry: As indicated on the mud map it is a swim of about four hundred metres from the shore.  
Features: Old Wives, Pike, Zebrafish, Moonlighters, Leafy and Weedy Seadragons, Rock Ling, Squid, Rays, Clingfish, Blue Devils
Comments: This is a popular reef dive.  The reef is covered in healthy weed and there are holes and overhangs to explore.  The sandy troughs which surround the reef are also worth a look.

 

   second valley - diving the western bays 

There are 3 'bays' situated to the west of Second Valley main beach.  The third 'bay' offers interesting caves and swim-throughs. The underwater terrain around the edge of the coast would be considered a broken bottom, but there is plenty to see.

 

Depth: 6 to 9 metres
Entry: Enter by using the jetty steps and swimming across the first bay and around the headland to the second bay. Another option is to walk around the edge of the first bay to the left of the jetty, and enter the second bay.  Dive or snorkel around into the last 'bay'.  The easiest option is to use a boat from the Marina St Vincent. 
Features: Large Dusky Morwongs, Leatherjackets, Weedy Seadragons, Blue Devils
Comments: The caves are along the shoreline, and easy to find.

 

   the bluff at victor harbor 

Diving near Victor Harbor is best done after a north wind, when the southern waters have calmed and visibility improves.  There are a large number of rocky reefs in the waters in this region, and all are worth exploring.

 

Depth: 9 to 12 metres
Entry: Use the car park right up near the Bluff jetty platform.  Climb down the platform ladder, or around the rocks south of the car park. Enter carefully off of the rocky edge.
Features: Healthy, thick kelp growth and numerous fish species.  Possibility of a leafy seadragon.
Comments: Take care on entry and exit.  Simply follow the reef around the shoreline, but be cautious of currents when you venture too far around.

 

  wright island at victor harbor 

This small island is just across the bay from the Bluff. The reef area is large and easy to locate between the shore and the island.  Take care as this region is used by recreational fishermen.

Depth: 5 to 6 metres
Entry: Use the boat ramp situated on the road out to the Bluff.  
Features: Rocky reef with holes, undercuts and plenty of fish life.
Comments: Other areas around the island are also good dive sites.

 

   other dives on the fleurieu peninsula

There are endless possibilities for diving along the shores of the Fleurieu.  

Other dives :

Enter from the beach at Myponga, Carrickalinga, either side of Cape Jervis.  

Use a small boat to explore all the coast on the north side from the Marina St Vincent.  Rapid Head area is an interesting spot to start.  

There are also dives near Port Elliot and more diving spots near Victor Harbor, including the famous 'whale bones' dive.  

Of course, there is the amazing new recreational dive on the 'Hobart'.

 

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