THE DIVE SITE
Nelson Bay at Port Stephens is one of the hidden gems of diving on the Eastern seaboard of Australia. Whilst it’s secrets are well known to the divers of Sydney and the central coast the majority of Australia is yet to discover the amazing encounters waiting for them below the waters of Nelson Bay. You can encounter Grey Nurse sharks in large numbers, Port Jackson sharks,pipe fish, sea horses, seals, endemic nudibranchs, turtles, rays, and a myriad of fish. A true wide angle and macro photographer’s paradise with enough sea life to keep any diver struggling with which direction to look next!
Boat diving in Nelson Bay with Lets Go Adventures is a fun, exciting and memorable experience. Whether you want to dive with grey nurse sharks at Broughton Island, or prefer exploring some of the unique local islands, Lets Go Adventures caters for all experience levels. Their site selection on the day of our dive is determined by us and the most experienced dive skippers in Port Stephens; Chris Norman, Adam Shorter, Pete Jensen & Jimmy Dodd who individually hold over 20-30+ years each, skippering/diving in the stunning waters of Port Stephens. They also offer a free guide service to everyone also with Nelson Bay’s Most experienced dive master crew.
“MV Tomaree” is the most comfortable dive boat in Nelson Bay. The MV Tomaree has fast new engines, a twin hull for stability, a large dive deck area, and onboard toilet. You just need to come for a dive with them to see why local divers of Nelson Bay voted them winners in the Boating, Fishing & Camping Category of the Port Stephens Business Awards. Dive sites include :
Local island and wreck dives : Little wreck, North East Cabbagetree Island, The Pinnacle, Safety Cove Boondelbah Island, Little Island Gutters, The Oakland Wreck, The Macleay Wreck, Government Wharf, Fingal Sponges & Red Patch.
For what you can expect check out Dave Harasti’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGgr2n1ec-s
-Suitable for Open Water Divers (certified to 18 metres), however Advanced Open Water Certification is advised to ensure all sites are accessible to you
-Depth ranges from 6 – 34 metres
-EAN (nitrox) is available at $10 extra per dive.
-Diving by yourself? We will buddy you up with another diver with similar experience
Friday, 16- Sunday, 18 December 2016
$600 per person
The following are recommended upgrades for this trip
Diving on Nitrox@ $ 10 per dive or $50 for the weekend
PADI Advanced Open Water Course @ $250 per person
PADI Deep Diver speciality Course @ $195 per person
PADI Enriched Air speciality Course @ $245 per person for manual learning or $345 per person for on-line learning (both prices include 2 Nitrox fills)
All air fills
5 dives – 4 boat dives (double at North Broughton Island, double at Oakland wreck and local island site and a shore dive)
2 night’s accommodation
Return private transport
Tanks & Weights
All Dive Gear (excluding tanks & weights)
Personal spending money
All Meals are at leisure
PDS is able to provide you with a wetsuit, BCD, regulator, computer, tanks and weights for the weekend and please communicate your requirements on the booking form. Each diver must provide their own mask, snorkel, fins and boots (not available for hire). Underwater camera and torches are also available and are subject to availability.
We will departing Brisbane (Woolloongabba) just on midday on Friday and from here you will be driven in our company van to Nelson Bay. Upon arrival we will check in to our accommodation and get a good night sleep ready to dive the Broughton Island on Saturday (double dive and a shore dive in the afternoon). On Sunday, we will do 2 boat dives in the morning to the Oakland wreck and another local island site before heading back to Brisbane after lunch. An itinerary with timings will be sent to you closer to the date of the trip.
SPECIALITIES SUITABLE FOR THIS TRIP
Advanced Open Water (highly recommended on this weekend)
Enriched Air (Nitrox)
Digital Underwater Photographer
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Dry Suit Diver
Note- Some specialties are site and conditions dependent. All efforts will be made to complete course dives on a booked trip, however if conditions do not allow it the diver will have to book onto another trip to complete the course requirements.
Extra Special Note – Thank you to Jim Dodd of UW Photography.com.au for allowing us to use these incredible images for promotion. We hope to try and emulate them.