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This is a massive dive site with so much to see
|Site||Large site, diverse marine life|
|Experience Level||Open Water|
|Warnings||Exit Point Important, some boat traffic|
|Conditions||Exposed to SE to N Swell great than 0.7m, Best diving on low tide|
|Location||Jibbon Street Cronulla|
Enter either side of the pool although on most occasions the northern side is the best entry. The site improves on an outgoing tide.
Descend in about 3 or so metres along the wall due east of the south-eastern corner of the tidal pool and head east with the wall on your left. In about 5 metres depth, you will pass the Orange Nob, a conspicuous outcrop of soft coral atop an overhang. Past this the wall appears to peter out, stay at your depth of 6-7 metres and when you spot a small V-shaped section of bare sand amongst the bedrock (8 metres depth), take a left and you will notice the wall becomes quite pronounced.
The bedrock spreads out to the east over a number of ledges, great territory for spying octopus and the odd bull and eagle ray. Hanging close to the wall will reward you with an almost continuous overhang that’s the home to a number of giant cuttlefish and resident eastern blue devilfish (arguably the best spot in Sydney to spy these spectacular rarities).
After 60 or so metres, you will find yourself at a depth of 9 metres and encounter Split Rock, which is fairly self-explanatory. Here you’ll want to head east for a couple of meters, take your pick of swimming over the split or through the seemingly impassable swim through. You will encounter sand.
The wall drops in height here and doglegs around to the northeast. Follow it until it begins to break up amidst the sand and sea tulips. At this point just to the right (east), you’ll see a second reef that runs in a similar direction to your current bearing. You can choose to explore the eastern or western side.
The eastern provides a mysterious ceramic urinal (11 metres depth) after 50 metres and only 15 metres later a small cave. This cave is about 3 metres in height, illuminated by a large fissure on the far side and has a small tunnel that runs off to the north. Do not penetrate this tunnel! A swim through it ain’t. Dense schools of roughies and bullseyes live in this cave and when in season, Port Jackson sharks can be found knee-deep.
From here (air time permitting, it is possible to continue on to Fish Soup, Continue along the wall and when you notice kelp begins along the wall’s ridge (after 100 metres) head due east. You’ll swim over a large gully, head right and you’ll be led straight to Fish Soup, full with aquatic life.