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Fish Rock Cave

 

Fish Rock Cave, Cross section of Cave

Fish Rock Cave, Cross section of Cave

depth 14 to 24 metres

The  island of Fish Rock gives no indication of the splendor that lies underneath. At 120 metres long, and well known as one of the largest ocean caverns in the southern hemisphere, FISH ROCK CAVE has attracted divers worldwide. Enter the deep end of the cave at a depth of 24 metres where thousands of bullseyes hang suspended.

 

large red cuttlefish near the entrance of fish rock cave

large red cuttlefish near the entrance of fish rock cave

Dive into the tunnel entrance over huge wobbegong sharks and a large bull ray resting on the bottom. You’ll pass by clusters of live cowry shells, a large Spanish dancer, bryozoan lace coral and sea cucumbers to name but a few.

Ascend up one of the two vertical chimneys with only your torch light piercing the darkness, and see the many glowing eyes from hundreds of painted crayfish following your progress. At the right time of year, giant cuttlefish lay their eggs in the cave and the huge male is a spectacular sight with his colours flashing. Pop up into the bubble cave for a quick chat before emerging into the light zone.

Shallow cave entrance

Shallow cave entrance

The shallow end usually stops people in their tracks. The deep blue opening is a vision people have seen in many photographs, magazines and books and it still doesn’t prepare them for the spectacular beauty. Silhouetted in the opening are thousands of bullseyes, gorgonian coral fans, trumpetfish, black cod and many other species of fish

 
Sometimes Greynurse Sharks can be found within the cave

Sometimes Greynurse Sharks can be found within the cave

During most of the year grey nurse sharks are regularly sighted silhouetted in the opening making it a photographers’ paradise. There are also nudibranchs, bright orange zooanthids, moray eels and anemone and clown fish….and all this before emerging.

Check the image gallery to get an idea of some of the amazing things there are to see.

 

It’s easy to see why it’s been rated one of the top 10 dives in the country!

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