Australia's Aquarium Without Glass: Navy Pier Dive Site Reopens
Exmouth's Navy Pier found on Western Australia's Coral Coast is best described as an aquarium without glass. It will officially open for diving on the 15th November following restoration works.
The Navy Pier has a reputation
as one of the top 10 shore dives worldwide, primarily due to its vast range of marine life.
There are over 200 identified fish species under the Pier and as with any jetty dive, underwater navigation is easy. As the pier is still a working US naval base, and to protect the amazing diversity of fish life,
all dives must be guided.
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Exmouth company, Dive Ningaloo, has been awarded the sole operating license for the Navy Pier dive, granted for two years, with a one year extension. Co-owner Kirsten Sheppard said "we are really excited about being able
to dive this incredible site for the first time in over 18 months. Often described as being like an oasis in the ocean, restricted access and a ban on fishing has meant that jetty is teeming with marine life that gravitates
to the structure for protection. The biodiversity for such a small area is incredible." Ms.Sheppard said.
Extending out from the shore, the T-shaped pier is 300 metres wide and 110 metres long and includes two outlying "dolphins" (platforms for larger ships to tie up to), reaching a depth of 15 metres. The pier structure is
covered in soft corals; divers could spend several days diving the site and not be bored.
Divers to the Navy Pier can find Wobbegong sharks, large potato cods; lion, angler, stone and scorpion fish; moray eels, octopus, large schools of trevally and huge rays dozing in the sand. The pier is regarded as one of
the top 10 shore dives worldwide; quite an achievement. Divers will see more individual fish and species here than most people would see in a lifetime of diving. This dive site is a photographer's dream with an abundance
of sea life that is seemingly unafraid of divers.
Due to the area's large tidal range resulting in strong currents, the Exmouth Navy Pier can only be dived at slack water which occurs for 30 minutes at the top and bottom of the tide. It is therefore critical that before
booking the Navy Pier dive, tourists much have dived with in the last six (6) months. Night dives on the pier are equally amazing and are offered to advanced divers only.
To plan your next holiday to Ningaloo region, learn more about the best diving spots on the Coral Coast or to book your tour with Dive Ningaloo, visit
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June 26th, 2013