Dive Site: South Solitary Island – Grey Nurse Gutters

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Site Overview

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

Description

Another aptly named dive site as this video will testify.

As well as the sharks, look up and you’ll see lots of different schooling fish like the tarwhine, look down in the shell grit and you’ll find large numbers of quite vividly coloured goatfish.

Best dive sites in South Solitary Islands is Grey Nurse Gutters. Scuba holiday travel planning for South Solitary Islands - where, who and how

This site also hosts a number of different wrasse.

Best dive sites in South Solitary Islands is Grey Nurse Gutters. Scuba holiday travel planning for South Solitary Islands - where, who and how

Like this Yellow Moon wrasse, and the Crimson banded wrasse.

Best dive sites in South Solitary Islands is Grey Nurse Gutters. Scuba holiday travel planning for South Solitary Islands - where, who and how

Other fans of the shell grit substrate are the morwong, crested morwongs in particular, though I’ve rarely seen them with their crest up, and lizard fish.

Best dive sites in South Solitary Islands is Grey Nurse Gutters. Scuba holiday travel planning for South Solitary Islands - where, who and how

Best dive sites in South Solitary Islands is Grey Nurse Gutters. Scuba holiday travel planning for South Solitary Islands - where, who and how

Chances are you’ll run into a Porcupine fish along the way too.

Best dive sites in South Solitary Islands is Grey Nurse Gutters. Scuba holiday travel planning for South Solitary Islands - where, who and how