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Scuba Diving in Busselton

Busselton’s Geographe Bay is home to some of the best dives in the south west

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Described as Australia’s greatest artificial reef, Busselton Jetty is rated as one of the best dive sites in the country. The warm waters of the Leeuwin current have created the perfect environment for an abundance of colourful tropical and sub-tropical marine life to thrive.

There’s an amazing forest of brightly coloured corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates sheltering beneath the old karri timber supports.  The currents, shade and protection offered by the jetty structure has resulted in more than 300 individual species of fish and coral being recorded. You’re likely to see schools of yellow fin, old wives and bullseyes, tiny porcupine fish, the striking pineapple fish, as well as rays, octopi and cuttlefish hidden amongst the timbers.

All local dive operators take group tours to the area, which is suitable for both novices and expert divers. Some also offer night dives at the jetty. For non-divers and the lazy, you can still get a glimpse under the jetty from the recently opened observatory.

For a great wreck dive there is the HMAS Swan, a scuttled battleship not far off the coast of Dunsborough. As Western Australia’s first prepared wreck, this dive is apparently a great adrenalin rush with the deepest point of the wreck sitting at 32 metres. An abundance of marine life and colourful fish has built up around the wreck over the past couple of years making it a really beautiful dive as well as a lot of fun.

Other popular dive spots accessible through local charter trips are Four Mile Reef and Wright Bank. Four Mile Reef, so called because of its distance from shore, extends across the width of Geographe Bay. The reef lies on an earth quake fault line and as a result exists as a large crevice on the ocean bed, some 18 metres below sea level. It’s home to coral, sponges and schools of fish including tuna and samson. It’s one of the most popular reef dives sites near Busselton and perfect for novices, with some operators using this spot as a training site for beginners.

Experienced divers will find Wright Bank the ultimate buzz. Located about 4km from Cape Naturaliste the undulating sea bed lies 55 metres below the surface. Here, the temperate and tropical waters collide creating a kaleidoscope of colour with many species of marine life making it home. Strong currents and large swells means Wright Bank is only suitable for skilled divers and accessible between February and April.

If some members of your group aren’t keen on taking the plunge there is lots for them to do at the Busselton Jetty including a visit to the Interpretive Centre, which details the fascinating history of the structure, and a train ride to the jetty’s end. The new Underwater Observatory allows visitors to get up close to the life below the sea without getting wet and is perfect for those not able to dive.

All operators in Busselton offer training and introductory dives so you don’t need to be an experienced diver to get underwater.  If you already have your dive ticket but not the gear, equipment is available for hire from many of the operators.



Scuba Dive Tour Operators:
Bay Dive and Adventures, 1800 199029
Dive Shed, (08) 9754 1615
Busselton Naturaliste Diving Academy,  (08) 97522096
Cape Dive/Swan Wreck Dive Adventures, (08) 97568778

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  • Address: Busselton Jetty,Busselton,WA,
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