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Idol Bay…The dive that’s filled with adventure. . . . Idol Bay has by far, the widest variety of marine life out of any other dive site in the Forster region with every nook and cranny being home to a different kind of sea creature. Loggerhead Turtles huddle in close to the bommies to sleep, Blue Gropers eagerly follow you throughout the whole dive, hoping you will break open a Sea Urchin for them to eat, Moray eels watch you closely from the safety of their holes and Pineapple Fish hide in small crevasses on the underside of the bommies along with the Red Line Shrimp.

Being just under 10 meters in depth, you have a long bottom time and you definitely need every minute to explore all the bommies. This dive is one of my favourite dives even if the Vis is down because every little nook that you pop your head into, is likely to be home to a little sea creature. Nobody is ever disappointed after this dive.

ENTRY: You can get in to the water by a giant stride from the stern then swim to the bow.

DESCENT: Descend the anchor line holding the line all the way down to the bottom.

DEPTH: To the sand its 10 metres, But on top of the bommies, its around the 5 metre mark.

BOTTOM TIMES: Can be up to 45 minutes, We recommend 35 minutes.

SAFETY STOPS. There is no safety stop required for this dive. But a slow ascent from every dive is important.

DANGER:

Current: There is normally no current as it is in a sheltered bay area.
Visibility: can sometimes be down to 2 metres or so. But it can also be up to 25 metres plus.
Depth: There is no real depth danger here but keep in mind to watch your gauges throughout the whole dive.

IF YOU: Come off the anchor line: Do a normal ascent, surface, establish positive boyancy, signal the boat and deploy your safety saugage. Wave your arm if you need help or your safety sauage and we will come and get you as soon as we can.