10-12 June 2017
|Coordinator: Torsten Schwich|
The original trip notice has been archived.
Due to the trip organiser having left the booking to the last minute AND Bristol Point having been closed for maintenance over that long weekend, we had to go to White Sands Holidaypark in Huskisson. According to some participants, the site was fairly nice, and at just under $16 per person per night this wasn't a bad alternative at all that the club should keep in mind should similar situations arise in the future.
We had 7 divers all up, with two dives running on Saturday, two on Sunday, and a single run on Monday.
After the ocean forecast early in the week had looked diabolical, it turned around dramatically a over the next few days, and eventually we ended up with a weekend giving us good conditions that improved to a mild "superb" through the weekend. The water was warm, and the vis was ranging from 15 to 25m in nice blue water.
We had a dive inshore from The Arch on the Northern side of the bay, which was quite nice, with big boulders and swimthroughs. The run out there and back was a little rough, which gave our new skippers-to-be Clare and Alisdair some good practice. The group spotted a GNS at the Docks after that. On Sunday, three divers gave Stoney Creek a shot and were positively surprised about the benign conditions. No current running, and we managed to anchor in about 30m, diving down to about 45m along the wall. The highlight there without doubt the humpback whale that decided to check Chris and myself out for a staggering 15 seconds or so. The feeling is incredible, and I can say that it keeps you up above the clouds for a long time. But even without the whale, the dive site is stunning and worth any attempt to go back there if conditions allow. The following dive at The Labyrinth was reported as having been very pleasant indeed. On Monday we explored the shallows at Devil's Elbow, just outside the Southern side of the bay. The swell left ears in a bit of pain, so we didn't even attempt to get into any of the caves that there might have been. Below 20m, a bit further away from the cliffs at Devil's Elbow was more colourful stuff, which made a nice dive.
Overall a really pleasant weekend, with numerous pods of whales having been spotted, nice, blue, warm water, and great weather, all of which left the desire for more.
Thanks also to Torsten for the photos.