Dive Details


Logged dive number



Friday 10 April 2020


8:21am - 10:23am


Slight current and some surge


5 to 15 metres


121 minutes

Surface interval

5 days 16:28 (days hh:mm)

Maximum depth

14.1 m

Average depth

10.7 m

Water temperature



Dive Profile from Citizen Hyper Aqualand

Tides at Botany Bay AEST

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














It is Good Friday and the conditions are good and the tides are OK, but NSW is in lockdown and the national park is closed. I decided I would still dive (as diving has been approved as exercise) and I'd walk in from outside the park.

It was overcast with the potential for light rain so I decided to wear my wetsuit and I figured I'd get very sweaty in the drysuit plus I'd be carrying extra weight. It was also a chance to try out my new Seatec external vest.

I geared up across the road from the Endeavour Cafe and walked along the path to my usual entry point. It was a very long walk and I had to stop multiple times along the way for a rest. I was very sweaty by the time I was ready to get in. I waded out over the shelf and dropped over the edge and put my fins on. I descended and swam to the sand line. The visibility was at least 15 metres. It was stunning. There was a slight current. The water temperature was around 20°C. I turned left and headed towards Sutherland Point.

I drifted along the sand line checking out the rocks as I went. I checked out Block Rock and the adjacent rocks. I didn't spot anything of interest until I reached Pygmy Playground. I found the pinkish male pygmy and the whiteish female, which is becoming more cryptic.

I looked around the area for seahorses as I have been ding and was pleasantly surprised to find a male Pot-bellied Seahorse in the sea tulips on the back of the rock above the ledge. New Pot-bellied Seahorses seem to be appearing more frequently.

I searched the kelp at the end of the wall for Weedy Seadragons before swimming up and over the wall. I swam up to the small white female pygmy pipehorse. It was on the same alga it has been since John showed it to me. I took some photographs and looked for a male. I didn't find another pygmy pipehorse but I did find a Girdled Pipefish.

I continued along the reef looking for the pygmies and small orange Red-fingered Anglerfish I'd spotted last Saturday. I couldn't find the pygmies but I did find the small orange anglerfish. I also wasn't able to find the pygmies I'd found on my birthday.

I swam up to the crevice where the Upside-down Pipefish have been. There was some kelp in the crevice but I manage to glimpse one of the pipefish although it was somewhat obscured by mysids.

I dropped down to Split Rock and then along the reef to the large orange Red-fingered Anglerfish with eggs. The eggs were quite visible.

I continued along the reef to Four Pygmies Rock, scanning rocks for pygmies and anglerfishes as I went. I initially couldn't find the male pygmy as he wasn't in his usual spot. I surveyed the rock and found him about half way up the rock. I couldn't find the female.

I swam up to the well camouflaged Red-fingered Anglerfish. It was still there with its eggs which were visible.

I headed down to Valley of the Pygmies. I spotted two Weedy Seadragons on the sand in front of the main rock. I believe these were the same two I saw last Saturday a little farther along towards the point.

I looked in the Valley and spotted one of the pygmies I'd seen last Saturday. I looked for the other one but couldn't find it. I also did a quick sweep of the castle and found no pygmies.

I swam along the bottom of the wall and looked over the three rocks. The visibility was still 10 to 15 metres if not better.

I continued to the two Carijoa covered rocks out on the sand. I looked for the Pot-bellied Seahorse John had shown us the Sunday before last but I couldn't see it.

I headed around the corner and up the reef to the top. I looked for the white pygmy I'd found last Saturday when the viz was poor but couldn't find the spot now the visibility was good.

I swam past the large Carijoa rock and on to the shelf. I spotted an Eastern Smooth Boxfish on the way.

I found both white pygmies on the shelf. The male was in the Carijoa and the female was just behind it.

I headed along the base of the wall and spotted a moray eel before I had gone very far. The visibility dropped but it was still at least 5 metres.

I swam past the area where the previous Pot-bellied Seahorses had been and on to the area where the newer ones are. I couldn't find any of them until I reached the rock where "Harry" has been. He was there on the rock in the orange finger sponge. I swam around the area looking for the others. I then spotted "Starlight" farther east from where I'd last seen "Adam". I thought "Adam" might have been nearby but I couldn't find him. I slowly worked my way back to "Harry" looking for "Sunny". He wasn't in the sea tulips where I'd seen him on the last few dives. I then spotted him low down near the rock where "Harry" was. I did another sweep looking for "Adam" but couldn't find him.

Knowing that I'd have to walk back out of the park, I continued along the wall with the aim of getting out as far west as I could. I was also hoping of spotting the White's Seahorse I'd seen last Saturday but I couldn't find it. I ascended the wall and then headed south west towards the beach while doing my safety stop. I continued until it was too shallow and I waded out at the beach and then walked back along the path and back to the car.