Camp Cove

Camp Cove
Camp Cove
Camp Cove easy going dive, excellent as a back-up when conditions in Sydney are severe, providing effortless access and all amenities.

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Camp Cove Dive Site


Camp Cove EntryCouldn't be easier: park at the lot just off Cliff Street, gear up, walk the 50 metres or so to the beach and jump in! It's probably best to put your fins on in waist-deep water, leaning back with a fully inflated BC - much easier than wading backwards. Only attempt this at sites with sandy beach entries with pancake flat conditions. Enter just southwest of the wharf. Also serves as exit point.

Camp Cove Dive Site

Enter at the North-Eastern end of Camp Cove and follow the wall northwest as it bends towards the South Head. Some swim throughs can be found, as well as some nice overhangs. Heading west from the beach will lead you to a small reef (not to be confused with the Sow & Pigs reef, which is much further out - and dangerously close to the ferry line). Keep your eyes peeled for antique bottles and designer label sunglasses carelessly flung from one of the many million$+ boats that frequent the area (1 instructor has found to date: 1x pair Gucci, 1x pair Prada). Can be crowded on weekends, not just with diving schools, but also snorkelers and swimmers. Be very careful when ascending, as there are often myriad boats, many with diver-ignorant skippers onboard. Home to a good number of octopus, cuttlefish and sea horses.




The biggest attraction at Camp Cove is the seahorses but other aquatic life includes blue grouper, moray eel, crimson wrasse, cockatoo fish, sergeant baker, roughies, bullseyes, white ear and more octopus & cuttlefish.
Over the years many glass antiquities have found themselves in the Cove - find time capsules such as old school beer bottles, beautifully blown blue medicine bottles as well as modern day treasures.
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"Nice & Easy"

John on 25/2/2011 8:12:45 PM

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Comments: The right side is easy to enter and exit with the car park not to far away, it really is a nice relaxing easy dive

"Careful of Thieves"

Geordie on 26/1/2011 8:55:37 PM

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Comments: Good dive (visibility can be murky) but this area is plagued by crooks looking out for shore bases. Thieves will toss any collection of BCDs/tanks/regs they see looking for personal effects in the knowledge divers are less likely than swimmers to be in and out of the water quickly and often. I lost my wedding ring and watch, dive buddies have lost wallets and all manner of other stuff.

"Very comfortable!!"

Kirsty on 5/8/2009 4:20:32 PM

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Comments: Really nice dive to do when everywhere is blown out. The beach entry is very relaxing. Managed to rescue a leather jacket that was caught on an abandoned fishing line! ;-)

"Can be pretty good"

Samantha on 4/6/2009 2:41:22 PM

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Comments: Not one I do often, but it is OK. Good for calm conditions and easy entry/exits.

"One of my least favourite"

Peter on 17/5/2009 4:49:52 PM

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Comments: I would rate Camp cove as one of my least favourite dive sites in Sydney.

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