Rowley Shoals Some of the Best Dives of world’s most spec- tacular diving and snorkelling sites can be AUSTRALIA found in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park. Clerke Reef, Imperieuse Reef and Mermaid Reef form the three coral atolls, each home to a wide variety of corals, fish, mollusks and other invertebrates, some of which are West Coast unique to Australia. You’ll also find at least 13 species of larger marine animals at the Rowley Shoals, including sea turtles, manta rays, whales Rottnest Island is a limestone and dolphins. Rottnest Island It is located rock based Island, being of a soft porous composition. This soft rock coupled with 300 kilome- the open Indian ocean currents, have created deep crev- tres west of ices, caverns and huge swim thru's. The soft corals are Broome. amazing, the fish life is truly diverse and the exploratory nature of the maze of caves, sensational. Western Australia added to its reputation as one of the Rottnest Island is home to some of the finest beaches HMAS Perth World's premier year-round dive destinations when the decommissioned HMAS Perth was scuttled in the pristine waters of King George Sound in Albany in late No- vember 2001.The sinking of the former Perth follows the highly successful scuttling in 1998 of the former Swan which has attracted over 20,000 divers to Dunsbor- ough in the State's South and bays in the world. With a choice of over 63 shel- West. Combining the former tered beaches and 20 bays. The diversity of fish and Perth and Swan dive sites coral species, and the numerous shipwrecks found with the world's largest dive around the Island make Rottnest a favorite site for di- wreck, Sanko Harvest in Es- vers and snorkellers. There are thirteen historic ship- perance, creates a perfect Southwest dive triangle. The former Perth is a 133-metre wrecks found here and many species of tropical fish long guided missile destroyer with a distinguished service record. She came under make their home in and around the numerous reefs. fire on four occasions during the Vietnam war and remnants of shellfire will be Large species of fish are drawn to the waters off Rott- visible to divers. nest by the Leeuwin current and some 20 species of coral are found within the Marine Reserve. Ningaloo Reef Ningaloo is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, stretching for 260 kilometers off Western Australia’s This is an off shore oil platform mid north coast. The Marine Park is home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft Key Biscayne coral and over 500 species of fish. Swim with the docile whale sharks, the world’s rig that sunk about 16years ago 10 nautical miles off Lancelin while being towed down largest fish, who visit between April and June. Watch humpback whales between the WA coast to be refitted. It is lying upside down in June and November and see rare turtle species hatch on guided, eco-interactive 42 Meters of water with the highest point at 26 Meters, trails in January and February. Visit remote sites teeming with dugongs and turtles, it can be penetrated and is full of crays. Some big Snap- or join a boat tour to watch the spectacular mass coral spawning in March and per, WA Dhufish and Skippy. etc... can be seen here. April. Snorkel through coral lagoons and gardens just 20m from shore in calm, Nothing was salvaged from the rig when it went down protected Coral Bay and meet graceful manta rays, dolphins and brightly coloured due to the depth, so there is heaps to see. The rig is a fish. The Navy Pier at Exmouth is rated by many as one of the top ten shore dives shaped like a Pyramid in the world. At last count there the flat bottom facing the were at least 200 different species, surface with a north to including big schools of trevally, south slope. The living snapper and barracuda, as well as quarters and all the ma- highly photogenic specimens such chinery lie under the as graceful firefish, colourful an- wreck. The legs, which gelfish, Moorish idols and large broke off during the Queensland gropers. The site is sinking lie to the side in relatively shallow, with a maxi- a twisted mess. mum depth of around 15 meters. Busselton Jetty Busselton Jetty is a 2-kilometre long wooden jetty situated adjacent to the tourist town of Busselton, 275 kilometres south of Perth in Western Australia. The best diving is at the end of the jetty. Bathed in good tidal flow with very few pollutants, every pylon is literally dripping with a mixture of tropical and temperate water invertebrate life. Living amongst this growth are nudibranchs, starfish, crabs, shrimp, shellfish and small non-pelagic fish such as blennies, clingfish and other gobies. Lazily weaving their way through the pylons are schools of pike and yellowtail. With a maximum depth of only 8 metres, even novice divers can get in a nice, long bot- tom time. The Jetty is also only a short drive away from the wreck of the HMAS SWAN - the first prepared wreck of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Designated as a destroyer escort she is 112.8m long and 12.5 m wide and lies in 30m of water. Schools of fish can be found in every small compartment and opening. Large Samson Fish are often seen with the occasional jew fish. Even a small a harmless hammer head shark has been reported circling the top decks.