"WHY DIVE NAROOMA ?"

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Surprised ! So are the many divers who are now discovering the charms of Montague Island on the South Coast of NSW. Located just 5 nautical miles off the coast from Narooma it is one of diving's most diverse and best kept secrets. The island's unique location offers dozens of dive locations and the advantage of dives in almost any weather conditions. Because of its position it can offer different dives at different times of the year. For example during the cooler months you can experience the sheer exhilaration of playing with up to 600 very friendly, very agile, very playful Fur seals. Or maybe witness one of nature's brilliant Humpback whales or the spectacle of a pod of dolphins or Orcas.

A few months later warm currents up to 26 degrees bring a mass of tropical fish and pelagics as well as the nutrients that feed the coral, nudibranchs, giant tube worms and gorgonea fans. It also brings with it creatures not normally seen this far South, creatures like the Grey Nurse sharks that take up residence in Febuary, or the occasional turtle , manta or sunfish as well as the usual hordes of kingfish ,trevally and hosts of other reef species .

Darryl Stuart of Narooma Charters explains that whilst the island offers a diverse range of dive sites and locations from shallow easy dives to deeper dives the favourite for new or regular divers is Montague's famous Australian Fur Seal colony .

Every diver who experiences the joy of swimming with these cute playful wide-eyed creatures emerges with a feeling of amazement at the friendliness of these furry funsters. Its an easy dive with most of the seals sunbaking on the surface within 20 metres of the anchored boat. Yet when a diver enters the water they just can't help themselves and come charging over to show off their agility to the strange clumsy creatures with bottles on their backs.

The colony consists of up to 1600 seals during the cooler months (June to mid Dec). Most of these are either rogue or non competitive seals rejected from the Southern colonies. All are male and this is a non-breeding colony, hence the island has no shark problem because sharks tend to only feed on small pups that haven't yet learnt to swim properly.

For a chance to experience the South Coast's delights you couldn't do better than to contact Narooma's longest and most experienced dive charter operator Darryl Stuart on 0407-909111. Darryl's service offers two fully licensed purpose built dive vessels catering for up to 24 divers per vessel. A luxury 12.5 metre Steber and a 12 metre Cat with full facilities, sit down dive racks and twin entry / exit ladders and he will go out of his way to make your dive's as pleasant and relaxed as possible. Add to this special accommodation, group rates, oxygen on board, air fills, is it any wonder its the busiest operation in the area. So what are you waiting for, come on down and indulge yourself !!

Dive locations.

1. Seal dive- up to
900 Australian Fur Seals August to Dec.and 200 to 300 Fur seals January to August.
2. Several rock walls with abundant fish life incl. Groper and tropicals some reported to be only found north of Lord Howe Island.
3.
Grey Nurse Sharks - Grey Nurse Sharks are resident on the North side of Montague Island from February to April. Sizes ranging from 6 to 12 feet.
4. Auginsh reef south of Montague Island with a maze of canyons and
large fans growing from the walls. This dive can only be done when there is no current.
5. Several drift dives available with sightings of Kingfish Tuna and a host of other species to numerous to list.
6. The wreck of the
"Lady Darling" found in 1996 sank late 1800's A beautiful no touch /no take dive with no penetration but the most amazing growth over the whole wreck. A  must for  keen photographers.

Because of the shelter offered from Montague Island, currents are only a problem with Dives 1. & 4 & 6

Dive Prices

Adult

Child

Single Dive

$80.00

$80.00

Per Head

Double Dive .

$100.00

$100.00

Per Head

Snorkeller 9:00 am (4hrs)

$80.00

$70.00

Per Head

Snorkeller 12:30 pm (2.5 hrs) .

$60.00

$60.00

Per Head

Observers .

$80.00

$70.00

Per Head

All Prices Include GST

If trip cancelled by operator eg: Bad Weather we will refund the unused boat and hire component.
50% deposit with booking refundable if trip or part of trip cancelled by operator eg : bad weather

Where to find us in Narooma.
Both vessels depart from the Narooma Wharf

Where is Narooma

Narooma (place of blue water) is situated 4 hrs south of Sydney, 9 hrs north of Melbourne and 3 hrs east of Canberra. Population 8000 with main industry being tourism. It has lots of beautiful sandy beaches and is the perfect place to relax. There is a large variety of Accommodation and plenty of restaurants, clubs and pubs.

Price List

Bookings and Information:
Narooma Charters
PO Box 265, Narooma
NSW 2546
Phone 0407 909 111

Bookings and Information:
Narooma Charters
PO Box 265, Narooma
NSW 2546
Phone 0407 909 111

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