Dee Why Wide

Our second favourite Sydney dive site (for Advanced Divers).

Quick facts about diving at Dee Why Wide

  • Location: This offshore reef is located north of Sydney Harbour

  • Diver Qualifications: Advanced Divers

  • Depth: 20m to 36m

  • Recommended Gas: Nitrox

  • Dive time: 25 mins to 60 mins

  • Visibility: Up to and over 30m

  • What you’ll see: Eastern blue devil fish, giant cuttlefish, kingfish, morwong, scorpion fish, groupers, snapper and boarfish.

  • Topography: Boulder fields falling away to the reef edge covered with colourful sponge gardens.
  • Best season to dive: Great in all seasons

A beautiful advanced Sydney reef dive

This offshore reef is located north of Sydney Harbour and is rated for advanced divers due to the depth range of 20m to 36m. We have several dive sites along this reef, which extends north to south. The reef edge has a variety of boulder structures and flat ledges and these areas are covered in dense, soft corals and sponges of various colours and shapes.

Meet the Eastern Blue Devil Fish

Our regular dive site (at approximately a 24m depth) features huge boulders that divers can swim underneath. There are also many swim throughs to explore with abundant marine life such as the elusive and colourful eastern blue devil fish. These stunning and very shy fish live in caves and along ledges. As such, they’re not often seen by scuba divers, but at Sydney Dive Charters, we’ll make a special effort to point them out for you!

Shake hands with Sydney’s Giant Cuttlefish

During our Dee Why Wide dive, we’ll also encounter giant cuttlefish – very friendly sea animals – especially during mating season where they will commonly grab hold of divers’ hands should they be interacted with them.
Giant cuttlefish only live for about 18 months, so they clearly make the most of their short lifespan. Before dying, they’ll lay hundreds of white eggs, which you’ll find clinging to anything located where there is good water movement, such as old rope for anchors, tulip soft corals, shipwrecks, etc.

Dying for the giant cuttlefish takes several weeks. They’ll begin to lose their bright colours until they turn white and start moving very slowly. During our dive at Dee Why Wide, we may encounter this white cuttlefish in caves. There we’ll also find thousands of their brethren’s white backbones (or we’ll find their buoyancy aids floating on the surface where birds will take ownership of the carcasses.)

Scuba dive with Sydney’s marine life

Divers can be treated to large schools of Kingfish swimming overhead and then circling the divers on approach. Other notable Sydney marine life to encounter on this dive include bottom dwelling fish such as the morwong, the scorpion fish (a relative of the stone fish), groupers, snapper and two types of boarfish (giant brown-spotted or long-snouted). There’s quite a bit of marine life to see, which is why this Sydney dive is ranks so highly on our top ranked Sydney scuba dives.

Summary note for our Dee Why Wide dive

Divers are limited on their dive at this Sydney dive site – not only by the volume of gas carried to their scuba tanks, but by the depth which demands an advanced certificate for divers.

Visibility can be very good at over 30m. At one of our dive sites, divers will find a very large old anchor which was lost by a bulk core carrier. It’s a pretty striking feature.

Depending on the experience of divers aboard, we can offer a one way dive where divers descend the anchor line and head in a predetermined direction for a predetermined time, then ascending mid water using a surface marker buoy (SMB) which assists the Master of the boat to safely retrieve the divers and also protect them from passing boat traffic.

Come dive Dee Why Wide with us!

It’s a magnificent dive – a great way to experience Sydney diving at its best in safety with the best charter dive crew this side of the Equator!
Amanda Carroll
Amanda Carroll
20:57 02 Feb 20
We had such an amazing dive with Sydney Dive Charters this weekend - loads of sharks and a Weedy Sea Dragon! So professional, impeccable service, they clearly know the dive sites so well which comes with years of experience and local knowledge, makes such a difference to making a dive good to great, relaxed, efficient easy going. Boat was spotless and well maintained, rental equipment good quality. I look forward to diving with Jason and his team again soon. Thank you guys!
Libby T
Libby T
21:44 27 Jan 20
Great experience with a professional, friendly, and helpful dive team. Jason gave clear briefings, had a great boat set up that is perfect for diving, and provided top of the line hire gear. Jason has great local knowledge, and makes safety a priority. Looking forward to diving with them again.
Chloe et Benjamin .
Chloe et Benjamin .
07:46 26 Jan 20
Amazing diving trip with Jason and his crew! Great gear and logistic. Discovered some of the most beautiful underwater creatures. Jason knows where to find the best spots in Sydney bay and how to improvise when schedule doesn’t go as planned.
Jacintha Symes
Jacintha Symes
04:27 17 Dec 19
Thanks Jason and Kate. We had a great day diving out to the apartments and Coral gardens. On time, will organised, friendly and warm people. Great value ! See you next time Jason !
Andrew Cronan
Andrew Cronan
23:28 16 Dec 19
Great double dive. Quality rental gear and a capable crew. Highly recommended. Andrew
Mick G B
Mick G B
02:33 10 Dec 19
Had a great day diving with Kate. Jason runs a solid operation. Awesome hire gear and boat. Highly recommend
sidney Mendonca
sidney Mendonca
02:20 09 Dec 19
Excellent dive, Jason and kate are very professional and friendly. The boat was comfortable and the dive sites were amazing. I would like give my special thank Jason as I left my wallet on the boat (luckily, it didn't fall to the water) , Jason Found it and called straightway. Thanks mate .
Kasia Brulinski
Kasia Brulinski
15:43 04 Dec 19
Thank you Jason and Kate for an amazing diving experience. As a relative beginner, I was a little nervous about my double-dive, but the team were so friendly and warm that I immediately felt comforable. The diving equipment was all new and state of the art, which made a world of difference, and the dives and visibility were spectacular. I look forward to coming back for more dives with this professional, passionate and kind team. Thanks again!
Mark
Mark
21:29 02 Dec 19
Well organized, we hired equipment, was good and thrustworty. Enthousiast crew and good dive sites and diving. Mark and Sandra
Rajdeep Roy
Rajdeep Roy
07:55 02 Dec 19
Great day out & a diving experience with Jason. His boat dive instructions are very clear and precise and helps every diver before entry and exit. The best part is when the divers are below, Jason makes sure that there's no other non-diving boat in the vicinity & keeps all the divers feel safe to surface. Gr8 job mate!
Yaofeng KONG
Yaofeng KONG
02:10 24 Sep 19
Amazing experience! Excellent boat crew, caring about the customers. Recommended to everyone!
Claudia Gilbert
Claudia Gilbert
12:01 21 Aug 19
Jason is so knowledgeable and despite being on a course... I learnt a heap from his advice and experience as well... he was also very caring and considerate... which I really appreciated 😉
D Abela
D Abela
11:55 19 Aug 19
This was our third time diving with Jason & Sydney Dive charters and we're looking forward to many more. Jason, a true dive professional, has an enormous wealth of diving knowledge and runs the dives smoothly and safely. We have done a few courses on his dive charters and have the utmost respect for him and the charters he runs. We thoroughly enjoy the diving and information and knowledge we gain every time we dive with Sydney Dive charters.
Paul Kirk
Paul Kirk
11:20 18 Aug 19
I’ve never seen such a well organised, clean and tidy boat which to me, means someone really knows what they’re doing, I’m in good knowledgeable, safe hands and they take pride in their work and I respect that. Jason and his dive boat are a 5-star AAA operation that won’t disappoint.
Javier López
Javier López
22:56 29 Jul 19
Great diving experience. Jason is very knowleadgeable and he made sure our dives were enjoyable and fun. We managed to see Sharks, Weedy sea dragons and many other interesting sea life!. The service is excellent and booking through the web is so easy that it makes the experience even better. I will definitely go with them in my next dives in Sydney!
Meg King
Meg King
09:41 23 Jun 19
Great dive experience with Jason and Xavier. I would highly recommend his service. They took great care of me and all my gear was all top notch. I will definitely be going out with him again.
Arie B
Arie B
05:13 29 May 19
Excellent communication and easy to organise our dives. Professional service with attention to detail. At no stage was anyone rushed to get into the water. Catered for all abilities. Very impressed. Will definitely book again
Roger O'Connor
Roger O'Connor
08:57 13 May 19
Great boat with a amazing crew best dive experience so far with Sydney dive charters i have being out with other dive centers boats and if conditions are not right they will all ways look for the easiest dive site . Even with big swell Jason was happy to go to the dive site we wanted..... Matt was a great guide...... I highly recommend these guys for a great dive experience in Sydney
Ilaria Caccamo
Ilaria Caccamo
09:53 12 May 19
Great diving. Jason is very professional and has great experience that allowed us to dive in safety without giving up a more challenging dive site despite tough weather conditions. He is always dedicated to the customers happiness and safety and always goes an extra mile to help out. Great addition to the team with the Dive Master Matt that perfectly guided our dives today. We saw heaps of sharks and a really giant cuttlefish. The boat is very comfortable and well equipped also with a toilet available. In addition the rental gear available from Jason is excellent quality.
riley9634
riley9634
00:56 23 Apr 19
Excellent day out! Highly recommended! I was considering going with another company, and was very happy I chose Sydney Dive Charters instead! New high quality gear, no ripped wetsuits and a good briefing on how to use it all! Jason was very knowledgeable and set us up in the best conditions as he knows the Sydney coast like no one else. Our dive guide was great, he also made the trip very memorable. I will be back again 100%
Raychel Follis
Raychel Follis
18:47 04 Apr 19
Such a good time diving with Sydney Dive Charters. Knowledgeable, professional and fun. They delivered on everything they said. The boat was comfortable and the tanks were full. Thanks again Jason! It was a perfect first dive in Australia, you set a very high standard for us!
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