Dive Details



Sunday 30 December 2018


10:35am - 12:30pm


Slight current and surge


5 to 10 metres


115 minutes

Surface interval

19:55 (hh:mm)

Maximum depth

12.5 m

Average depth

9.7 m

Water temperature



Dive Profile from Citizen Hyper Aqualand

Tides at Botany Bay AEDT

Note that tides at dive site may vary from above location.














With the heat of the last few days I wanted somewhere with some shade where I could get into my drysuit. I needed my drysuit because the water was so cold. The Monument fitted the bill. Low tide was at 9:45 so I planned to get in around 10:30am when it was still coolish.

I got ready and then drenched myself using the shower at the toilet block to help stay cool as I walked to the entry. I got in at the protected area between Sutherland Point and The Steps and waded out to the drop off. I then descended and swam towards the sand line. Visibility was 5 to 10 metres and the water temperature was around 15°C. I was glad I was in my drysuit. There was a bit of surge and current but not much.

I found my way to the small orange red-fingered anglerfish. It have seen it on the same rock every time I've seen it since for over a month.

I continued along the reef past Block Rock and adjacent sponge covered rock to Pygmy Hollow. I found the male pygmy pipehorse in the gap beside the white honeycomb sponge. I found another male on the adjacent rock. I found a cryptic female not far from the male. I then found a pinkish female under the orange finger sponge. I looked on Honey's Rock for the orange red-fingered anglerfish but it was no longer there.

I swam along the Deep Wall towards where the pot-bellied seahorses used to be. I found the dwarf lionfish in the orange finger sponge as usual. I looked for but didn't see any seahorses.

Near the end of the wall I swam up and over to the rocks above the wall. I looked for pygmies on the main rock but found none.

I swam along the reef and checked out Slope Rock and the surrounding rocks for pygmies. I then swam on to the slope under Seahorse Rock and looked for "Nia", the brown White's seahorse. I could not see her.

I continued along the reef past Split Rock and on to the rock where the grey red-fingered anglerfish used to be. The well camouflaged orange anglerfish was still in the hole.

I headed down to the Valley of the Pygmies. I found the male on the first rock and his partner. I found a male on the low rock closest the "castle". I found a greenish male on the same rock. It has been a while since I last saw this male. I found the cryptic female nearby. I swam up to the "castle" (the Carijoa and sponge covered rock) and looked for the four pygmies there. I found the newer male first and then the original female and her partner. I then found the other female.

I was now 83 minutes into the dive and still had to travel along the East-West Wall so I headed up the NW-SE Wall and cut the corner to the start of the East-West Wall. I looked for the small orange red-fingered anglerfish on the large Carijoa covered rock but it must have moved on.

I swam along the reef at the base of the East-West Wall. I didn't have a lot of time or air so I had to move quite quickly. I was very lucky to find "Naomi", the yellow White's seahorse in the sponge I originally saw her in which saved me from looking for her.

I continued to the isolated rock on the sand and looked for Mandy's pygmy pipehorses. I found the pinkish female low down on the rock and then eventually found the male even lower on the rock.

I ascended the wall and headed south over the kelp while doing my safety stop. I continued south until the kelp ended and then swam over the sand until it was too shallow. I waded out onto the rocks in front of the flagpoles.