Flinders Island Diving Charters
At Flinders Island Dive & Fishing Charters, we offer a range of dives around the island, catering for beginners right through to experts.
Here's a selection of dives:
Chalky Island Caves (to 18m)
Large swim throughs between granite boulders in 15m of water - a torch required for many. Large boarfish haunt the darker corners with sleeping Port Jackson Sharks and the occasional huge rock lobster. Sea dragons can be found around the reefs and weedy areas outside the caves. Sheltered coves inshore hide large greenlip abalone.
Port Davies Reef (to 12m)
One of the prettiest dives on Flinders Island. A limestone formation some 500m off shore rises to near the surface from 12m below. Spectacular overhangs with dark caverns hiding boarfish, large trumpeter and schools of warhou. A pair of 'lost' yellowtail kingfish cruise by regularly near the surface.
Prime Seal Island Reef (to 30m)
A deeper dive accessible on the flood tide. Depths range from 5m down to 30m. Spectacular sponges and corals.
Toroa Reef (to 18m)
The wreck of the SS Toroa (1915) lies on top of the reef in 3 - 6 metres of water. This vessel was built in Scotland at the same shipyard as the Titanic. An area to be dived up to two hours before low tide. The surrounding reef drops into 18m of water with fish, corals, sponges, sea-pens and other invertebrates. Truly a naturalist's delight.
South West Reef (to 20m)
Definitely a slack water dive. Rarely dived by visiting divers. Large caves inhabited by boarfish. This area is close to the surface one kilometre from shore. Fish species are numerous with an abundance of reef dwelling species.
Settlement Point / Wybalenna Island (to 35m)
Great inshore dives either side of a channel dropping down to 35 metres. Due to tidal flow, coral and sponge growth is prolific. A great drift dive or suitable for a short dip on slack water. Fish life, large abalone and the odd wandering rock lobster are a common sight.
Trousers Point / Kilt Shoal / Entrance Rock (to 20m)
Some spectacular dives in limestone with great drop-offs, overhangs and bommies. Divers find the occasional sea dragon here and elusive rock lobsters. A photographer's delight with great visibility during summer with offshore winds. A great area for the novice and experienced divers alike.
Extended full day drips to Cape Barren Island and Goose Island
Cape Sir John (to 20m)
Described by well-travelled experienced divers as "as good as it gets". A spectacular dive in granite with large overhangs, fish life and numerous rock lobsters. Care must be taken here to avoid the strong tidal flows. In shore are some excellent reef areas for the less experienced.
Goose Island (to 18m)
Many great dives in clear water with varied fish life. The island has an historic lighthouse easily visited by foot during a lunch break. The wreck of the Merilyn (1958) lies off the north-east corner of this uninhabited island just 15 nautical miles from Whitemark.
'Cambridgeshire' (5 - 12m)
Sank in 1875 on her second trip from England to Australia. A protected wreck with many artefacts still on site, including crockery, bottles and electrical insulators. A scenic dive accessible to most with the right sea and tide conditions. Best dived with local charter operators.