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Nelson Bay Weekend
Located about 2.5 hours' drive north of Sydney
Shark & Wreck Diving Weekend
Price from $429
Nelson Bay is on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia about an hours drive north of Newcastle. The underwater world is amazing, with sponge gardens, soft corals, sea turtles and a colourful array of fish. Nelson Bay has some of Australia’s best shore dive sites and there are some excellent dive spots along the exposed coastline and around the islands just offshore.
The signature dives are on Broughton Island, in particular, ‘Looking Glass’ which is a dive through a crack and arch in the rock, which you’ll share with grey nurse sharks. This should be at the top of your agenda if you have not dived Nelson Bay before.
The wreck of the Oakland lies in 27meters and therefore is for Advanced Certified Divers only. The wreck of the Oakland has prolific fish life. Along the hull, you can find squid eggs, eels colourful sponges, resident Blind, Wobbegong and Port Jackson Sharks as well as schools of Pomfrets. Fortesque cover the surrounding sand with the odd Shovel Nosed and Fiddler Rayso Shark. Most times there are big schools of yellowtail scat above with visiting King Fish, Bonito, Taylor and Australian Salmon.
There are a number of local shore dives, including ‘Halifax Park’ which can be done as drift or reef dive. Thousands of fish in a very colourful sponge garden.
- Two-night twin share accommodation at the Nelson Bay Breeze Holiday Apartments
- Double boat dive Sat morning followed by a shore dive
- Double boat dive Sun morning
- Includes air fills
- Breakfasts Sat & Sun morning
- BBQ dinner Sat night
Advanced Course During The Trip
For this trip, an Advanced certification is required. If you're not Advanced certified, this is a great trip to do your training at the same time! For an additional $300 you can do your PADI Advanced Openwater course amongst large schools of fish, grey nurse sharks, and shipwrecks! This is a great trip to do training on as it won't take away from enjoying your dives while here. The course includes five dives, focusing on a different theme each dive: Deep, Wreck, Boat, Navigation, and Underwater Naturalist.