Bare Island

Starts at $150 [any date]

Sydney Marine Life - Bare Island - Blue Groper

Bare Island is small island about 60m off the mainland, connected by a bridge. The site of a colonial era fort, the island was home to a significant portion of one of the Mission Impossible movies.

The eastern side drops quickly to 10m as you follow the island wall around. This is a good area for weedy sea dragons and a whole host of nudibranchs on the various rock formations. This is the area where there’s lots of pygmy pipehorse. This area also makes a great night dive.

The local Aboriginal tribes of Gweagal and Kameygal are almost certain to have given the small island a name, but it has not survived through to present time and is not even known now to the locals.

Joined to the mainland by a small timber bridge, Bare Island is perfect for either day or night diving in almost all weather. In even moderate seas you can safely dive in almost any spot and in very heavy seas you can usually dive the protected (right) side of the island. Only in huge seas (say over five metres average) can you not get a dive at Bare Island. There are many different dives can be done around the island itself, as well as along the shore on either side of the bridge.

  • *You must hold a dive license/certificate. If you are non-certified/unlicensed or want to try diving for the first time, please book your 'Discover Scuba' dive or 'Open Water Diver Course' under our PADI course sections.
    *For 2 dives booked, both dives required to be done back to back same day, same location (different routes underwater for variety i.e. left/right and/or north/south side)
    *Single dives take 2-3 hours in total inclusive of brief, gear up, dive and de-gear. Double dives 3-4 hours in total with full tank changes.
    *Each dive last 40 min to 1 hour of underwater time per air consumption.
    *All dives guided by an experienced, fun n' friendly dive master/ instructor.
    *Free pick-ups/drop offs available at closest train station point to dive site or all locations accessible by bus / car within 30 minute drive from Sydney centre.
    Terms and Conditions
    *Purchases and Gift Cards are non-refundable.
    *10-day notification required for cancellations/reschedules/no shows for full credit toward another dive. Additional reschedule fee’s may apply.
    *Dives are subject to change if due to high winds / heavy storms at the discretion of guide or instructor on the day of dive unless notified prior. In such cases full credit will be issued on rescheduled dives.
    *All prices GST inclusive.
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Dive Type: Shore Dive | Experience: All Levels

The 2 most popular dives in the area are around the walls of the island itself. Entry is from the rock platform on either the main land, or the island proper – pick the right entry point to suit the conditions on the day. The bridge connecting the mainland to the island is the natural delineation point for the 2 main dives – which are known as Bare Island East (Left) and Bare Island West (Right). Both are wonderful spots, and each a bit different from the other.


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