Solitary Islands, Coffs Harbour

This is where the warm Great Barrier reef waters from the north, meet the cooler southern waters from Sydney and below – the sheltered Island havens are warmer than the coastal waters producing a unique blend of tropical and sub-tropical fish life, hard and soft corals, and spectacular marine life. Diving Coffs Harbour truly does offer more to see than Diving the Barrier Reef

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About this trip


The dive site

The Solitary Islands Marine Park extends along about 75km of coastline from Coffs Harbour to Sandon River. Established in Jan 1998, it’s been a Marine Reserve since 1992.

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Marine life

Typical marine life found includes Blue Groper, Grey Nurse Sharks, Wobbegongs, Shovelnose Rays, Bull Rays, Eagle Rays, Loggerhead Turtles, Frogfish, Anglerfish, King Fish, Bannerfish, Jewfish, Trevally, Wrasses, Moray Eels, Giant Cuttlefish, Blue Tangs, Clownfish, Nudibranchs.

What you will see

This is where the warm Great Barrier reef waters from the north, meet the cooler southern waters from Sydney and below – the sheltered Island havens are warmer than the coastal waters producing a unique blend of tropical and sub-tropical fish life, hard and soft corals, and spectacular marine life. Diving Coffs Harbour truly does offer more to see than Diving the Barrier Reef.

During your trip you will enjoy 2 morning boat dives on both Saturday & Sunday. Your days will begin at The Marina where you will meet your local guide who will use their expert knowledge to select the best sites for the day.

We have saved the best till last! Before departing Coffs Harbour your trip will conclude with a morning of Whale watching. Humpbacks are at their most curious when passing south during August & September and you will be given the rare opportunity to swim with them.

Location:

  • Coffs Harbour is a city on the north coast of New South Wales.
  • It’s known for its beaches, the Big Banana monument and amusement park.
  • Six hours drive north of Sydney

Accommodation:

  • Shared Townhouses at The Observatory Holiday Apartments
  • Available Rooms:
    • 2 x King bedroom with ensuite ($75 upgrade)
    • 3 x Queen bedroom
    • 3 x Twin rooms share

Includes:

  • Four boat dives at Solitary Islands
  • Three nights accommodation

Excludes:

  • Transport to Coffs Harbour (car sharing available)
  • Meals
  • Rental equipment

Prerequisites:

Rental Gear:

  • Full gear hire: $125
  • Full gear hire minus mask, snorkel, fins: $115
  • Tanks and weights: $65

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