Magic point is synonymous with one thing in diving, Sharks! Not scary sharks but beautiful critically endangered Grey Nurse sharks. As a keen underwater naturalist I have been out to this dive site many times, discovering that it’s not just about the sharks. Magic point is a great dive site in itself. Species such as weedy seadragons and crested horn sharks often cruise along the sand line while balls of catfish congregate underneath rock ledges.
The dive site itself can start as shallow as 8 metres depending on where the boat drops its anchor. From there you cruise east and drop down to 15 metres with the aid of a wall. Along here you will find a larger and a smaller cave where the Grey Nurse Sharks hang about. Be careful not to get to close, they can be timid for such an impressive animal. Continue east and the seafloor becomes covered with small boulders, large schools of various fish can be found cruising through and around the various rock formations, at a depth of 24 metres the sand line starts. Weedys,rays and groupers are a common sight along the sandy edges.
Diving along at this depth you may be lucky enough to see a Grey Nurse out and about gracefully swimming along. This location makes for a great photo opportunity, the blue background of the open ocean is a better backdrop than the murkiness of the caves, everyone from the gopro user to the DSLR professional will enjoy a better shot. So if the cave is on a rare occasion empty don’t forget the sand line.
A second advantage of diving Magic Point is that there are rarely any other divers out and about save for the shark cave. The sandline and accompanying reef walls are all you and your dive buddies to enjoy and explore. If you want the cave to yourself as well, the site is diveable without a boat if you are trained and equipped with a sidemount dive setup. The entry point for the shore dive is on the southern end of Maroubra Beach. Split fins are a must as the swim out to the cave is 40 minutes plus each way, a decent level of fitness is therefore required. Once you make it around the corner to Magic Point and the Grey Nurse Sharks sit undisturbed it makes the journey out there all the more rewarding.
Abyss Scuba Diving has regular boat dives to Magic Point, make sure you come on one.
Crested Horn. This shark is often commonly mistaken for a Port Jackson shark. They bare a striking resemblance with only two noticeable differences. The primary identifying mark is the missing saddle stripe around the dorsal (back) fin. Otherwise a behavioural difference may be observed, the eating of a Port Jackson (PJ) egg. If you spot what looks like a PJ eating its own egg then you have found yourself a Crested Horn Shark.