The Gravel Loader

The Gravel Loader dive site is a functioning jetty located on your way to Bass Point Reserve.

It’s accessible via the boat ramp east of the loader and is generally well-protected from prevailing conditions. It is home to the remains of a former jetty, lying parallel to the west. At the end of the loader you’ll find four large vessel moorings which, at the southern-most mooring is a chain leading to a submerged anchor. The Gravel Loader commonly accommodates for large quantities of fish, including Australian giant cuttlefish, blue groper, bigscale bullseye, and old wife; well worth the look!

The Gutter

The Gutter is one of Shellharbour Scuba Centre’s most popular open water dives.

It is to the north of Bass Point, safe at only 24 metres, and easy to navigate with its recognisable “v” shape. Entry to the dive site is only about 3 metres in and from there you have access to the renowned Blue Devil Cave. The Gutter is relatively immune to weather making it suitable for all divers – for this reason it also provides a fantastic night diving experience.

Don’t forget to bring your camera! The Gutter offers some of Bass Point’s most breathtaking photo opportunities – including nudibranch, sea spiders, stingrays and sharks.

Blue Devil Cave

In about 18 metres of water and crawling with life, the Blue Devil Cave is a must-see diving location.

You are required to swim a reasonable distance to reach the cave (about 150 metres) but you will be rewarded with the beauty of the Sydney pygmy pipehorse. It is the ideal setting for underwater photography where you can snap yourself and fellow divers hand-feeding the resident Eastern blue devilfish! At certain times of the year, it is also a place for expecting wobbegong – ring ahead as to not miss out. The team at Shellharbour Scuba Centre promise this is a wonderful dive site that you will love, and never forget.

The Cities Service Boston

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 marked the 70th anniversary of the Cities Service Boston running aground at Bass Point.

The wreck is one of a convoy of United States 9,000 ton tankers in 1943, during World War II, scouting the area for Japanese submarines. The entire 62 man American crew survived but, north of Bass Point Reserve, you’ll find a memorial dedicated to the bravery of 4 Australian soldiers who lost their lives in the rescue effort. Shellharbour Scuba Centre is proud to share this important slice of Australian history with divers interested in seeing what remains of the Cities Service Boston.

Lou’s Rock (Reef)

Located to the north-east of Bushranger’s Bay is this rocky outcrop which features some of the most diverse marine life to be found on the south coast.

The north of the island is home to a shallow, kelp forest (reef) about 6 metres deep. To the south, the rock slope steeps 30 metres underwater before reaching a level sand bed. Gorgonians and sponges populate the slope and provide shelter for a large array of fish. This site is vulnerable to the prevailing conditions but is great for drift diving. The team at Shellharbour Scuba Centre believe this reef if one of the best dive sites in New South Wales but come, dive and decide for yourself – you won’t be disappointed!

Bushranger’s Bay

Bushranger’s Bay is an excellent shore dive with depths of only 6 to 18 metres and conveniently located at the tip of Bass Point.

This bay is considered an aquatic reserve in order to sustain the prosperity of marine life and habitats in the area. An exceptional, sheltered dive site for beginners and running east to west, Bushranger’s Bay offers two distinct sections to explore. Shallow rock pools to the east of the bay are home to countless invertebrates. Continue west and dive down to the seabed where you will find fish aplenty, even seasonal tropical visitors.

The Arch (and Cave)

As per its title, this dive site curves 15 metres overhead divers with a sand floor that twists right and upward. The arch features aquatic growth about the roof and walls, but with Shellharbour Scuba Centre, you’ll also be made privy to a hidden cave. This is a great location for spotting Australian giant cuttlefish and slipper lobster.

The Hole in the Wall

Described by the team at Shellharbour Scuba Centre as awesome – The Hole in the Wall dive site concludes the many great scuba experiences on offer at Bass Point.

South of the reserve and only around 8 metres deep, the Hole in the Wall is teaming with schools of fish. Conditions must be very calm for entry and exit but it is well worth the wait! You’ll approach the entrance from beneath before being sucked up into a small cave where you’ll find the Australian giant cuttlefish, boxfish, moray eels, and wobbegongs. The cave is also home to nudibranch and sea spiders unique to the south coast. This is a purely beautiful and adventurous dive you’ll never regret!

Kiama & the Blowhole

Scuba diving with Shellharbour Scuba Centre is not limited to Bass Point.

One of the team’s favourite dive adventures is just 15 minutes south of Shellharbour; Kendall’s Beach and the blowhole. There are a number of caves along the right-most shore of Kendall Beach that offer some great treasure hunting opportunities for those interested in search and recovery diving. Otherwise, buy or hire a DPV and, on a calm day, take a look inside the blowhole itself! This is a popular spot for stingrays and schools of fish.