Dive Site: South Solitary Island – Drift Dive

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Site Overview

Site Type: Reef, rocks and boulders; Mega fauna; Photographic; Drift dive
Depth: Median: 15MBottom: 18M
Location: South Solitary Island is a 30 minute trip by boat from Coffs

Description

Probably my favourite kind of dive, as you get to see so many different areas in the one dive – a bit like watching landscape from a speeding train, or home movies on fast forward.  Here is a one minute vignette of some of what we saw on a single drift dive.

Moving beyond Cleaner Station and swinging wide around North Boulder we encounter a couple of different Butterflyfish: Gunther’s on the left, and a Citron on the right

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And a Stars and Strips toadfish trying desperately to avoid us flying along in the current.

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Next a couple of different turtles each with their different strokes: Hawksbill doing freestyle

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and a Loggerhead doing butterfly stroke.

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I was impressed at the number of reef fish on the way that you might expect to have to go further north to see.

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Nemo …

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and Dory!

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… and the imaginatively named “Oval Spot Butterflyfish.

Ending the drift in the vicinity of Buchanan’s Wall you have to look closely to see these two Red Rockcod.

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Another very well camouflaged fish: this one apparently both spotted and ornate, but perfectly in tune with the terrain its of its immediate surroundings.

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