This is Sydney’s best shore night dive by far. The site is accessed down a path between 2 residential homes, and this path has just been recently renovated to make the steep journey down and up a lot easier. We ask that everyone that choses to dive here be conscious of the fact that this area is residential and that it is a priviledge to dive here not a right!
Shiprock is a tidal area and we strongly recommend that you dive this site on slack water, preferably on the high tide where the water will be at it’s cleanest. You enter the water and descend to the bottom, and then swim east until you find the top of the wall where it drops to about 14 mtrs straight down. At the bottom of the wall, turn right and follow the cliff face. You will come to an area known as the bubble cave, where you can actually enter the overhang and discuss the dive at 14 meters depth! If you then continue your swim you will eventually come to the end of the wall where the depth is about 6 meters. Turn here, assuming you still have enough air, and begin your return journey. Please ensure you attempt a safety stop as usual, as you ascend. This profile is the most popular for this dive, although you can also turn left at the bottom of the wall and swim following the wall structure. Be aware that when the tide turns, she rips, and swimming against the current is not recommended!
Although Shiprock is a good day dive, it is best regarded as a night dive where all the colors of the soft corals that cover the wall are exaggerated under torchlight. To see some of the special creatures like the decorator crabs, get off the bottom and look up higher along the wall where most divers do not go. Shiprock is truly a macro photographers dream…….but remember to be quiet gearing up and down!
Upcoming Scuba Dives At Shiprock
Scuba Diving Photos At Shiprock