Mindarie Keys Marina Boat Dive

Sunday 24th May 2015 – Mindarie Keys Marina Boat Dive

After last weeks aborted mission, we couldn’t have asked for better conditions today.  For quite a few of the divers going on the boat with Western Blue Dive Charters, the mission was to catch Crayfish.  For me, I had my camera.

Mindarie Keys Marina Boat Dive Map
Mindarie Keys Marina Boat Dive Map

First stop was a deeper dive (23.6m) at “The Wall”.  As you can see from the Google Earth track, this site is on the edge of the limestone shelf which presents lots of crevices, caves and hiding places for Crayfish.  The water was 20 deg C which is great with a 5mm wetsuit.

We were down for 33 minutes, so I got to take a few pictures of fish and a few bubbles.

Stripey
The very common and imaginatively named “Stripey”
Flying Saucer
Flying Saucer

 

 

Saddled Puffer
Saddled Puffer

 

The only catch of the first dive
The only catch of the first dive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dive two

We then moved on to “Caverns” which as you can see is a piece of reef which breaks the surface a bit closer in to the shore due west of Mindarie Keys.  This dive was 14m for 45 minutes after spending 1hr15 on the surface.

With all the swim throughs and caves at this site and better visibility being a bit closer to the surface, the Crayfish were easier to spot.

Crayfish Pair
Crayfish Pair

These guys managed to escape the hoop for today, as did this big one!

 

Crayfish in Cave
Crayfish in Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But his friend was dinner tonight!

Scuba Dive in Perth Australia – Introduction

This is intended to be a general interest blog for those who go scuba dive in  Perth Australia and the surrounding area.  My plan is to post up photos, dive profiles, maps, equipment reviews and other items that may be of interest to divers wherever they may be, and hopefully you will one day come and discover the delights that the underwater world has to offer here in Western Australia.

What I love about scuba diving is it gives you a great excuse to go to some of the most amazing and beautiful places around the world.

As it happens, this week I will have been diving for 16 years having done my original PADI Open Water course off Palm Beach in Sydney back in 1999.  A couple of years later I did the PADI Advanced Open Water at Sharm El Sheikh, Eqypt, followed by Rescue Diver and PADI Dive Master in Jamaica in the Caribbean.  As you can probably tell, I am a warm water diver! Having lived most of my life in the UK, I still haven’t ever dived there, although I have been diving in the Mediterranean and that was pretty cold when we got below the thermocline at 10m!

Now, however I have started again to scuba dive in Perth Australia.

Sunday May 17th 2017

Today was supposed to be the first dive to record in my blog, however the weather conspired against us and a lovely storm rolled in from the Indian Ocean.

Weather Radar on the day
Perth Weather Radar on the day. Copyright www.bom.gov.au

Watching it for the few days before, it was supposed to have improved by Sunday, but on the day the rain rolled in.

Driving rain over the pool
Driving rain over the pool

 

 

 

 

 

Next week will hopefully improve …