Apartments – Grey Nurse Shark Dive

Apartments - Double Boat Dive

Sydney Dive Charters operates scheduled boat dives to the Apartments, located off Long Reef, north of Sydney. The Apartments is considered the best recreational boat dive site Sydney has to offer. This spectacular dive site is part of a shear rock shelf or drop off that runs parallel to the shore or north to south.

Grey Nurse Sharks At The Apartments

The Apartments is home to a colony of Grey Nurse sharks, which congregate in several large gutters. Many large male and female Grey Nurse sharks gather for mating at the Apartments with numbers exceeding 20 for many months of the year.

Apartments Marine Life

Southern Promfrets are found in the thousands in dense schools throughout the Apartments. Other schooling fish such as Whiting and the pelagic Kingfish are all encountered. Schools of predatory fish can and will circle the divers before moving along the wall looking for food. 

This section of the wall has many caves and swim throughs which are covered in hard and soft colourful corals. These interconnecting caves are great for the scuba diver to explore.  While divers are exploring the large swim throughs or looking into the many caves, they can  commonly see the very friendly colourful Giant Cuttlefish.

Other marine life divers regularly see are resident big black Bull Rays, Moorish Idols, Wobbygong and Port Jackson sharks and the very friendly and inquisitive Groupers.

What To Expect When Diving The Apartments

Our purpose built dive boat anchors right in the Apartments, in a depth range of 10-16 metres. After a detailed briefing divers will descend the anchor line in the general area where the Grey Nurse sharks are commonly found. Divers will swims through thousands for small schooling fish while proceeding along the wall exploring the many caves that are covered in colourful corals.

Where Is The Apartments Dive Site

The Apartments dive site is located a nautical mile or so off Long Reef beach, which is north of Sydney Harbour on Sydney's northern beaches. This is around 20 minutes boat travel time in our comfortable fast purpose built dive charter boat.

Dive Boat Comfort, Capacity and Safety

Sydney Dive Charters purpose built dive boat is a catamaran type with twin hull's providing a perfect stable dive platform for scuba divers, reducing vessel movement for customers and crew alike, the vessel holds 10 divers, plus crew comfortably. The dive boat has a toilet or (head) in the forward cabin for all onboard. When boarding divers either enter via the port side midship walkway when boarding from a wharf or via the stern entry and exit area via the dive ladder, this entry is used when we board via a beach such as Little Manly or Long Bay Beach. Our boat dive deck layout allows scuba divers to be seated with their back to their own dive equipment or if they have selected online our top of range hire gear, this hire gear will already be prepared, checked and ready for use after our Dive Master or Master gives each customer a briefing on its safe use. The boat dive deck layout also allows all the divers to face each other so everyone can discuss the upcoming dives or what they have seen on the previous dive adventure, when heading out to one of Sydney Dive Charters selected dive sites, divers can discuss or organise their buddy, dive gear or what they would like to see and listen to the detailed pre departure safety briefing or the dive site briefing given by either the Master or Dive Master. Sydney Dive Charters provides each scuba diver with their own dive crate located directly under their seat located on the tank rack, this dive crate is used to store divers fins, mask, dive bag etc. the Port and Starboard (left and right) tank racks can be converted into comfortable seating for charters that don't require customers having dive equipment. Our tank racks safely secure each divers one or two tanks using brackets and straps, once the dive boat reach's the dive site divers simply get their masks and fins organised and/ or donned , unsecure their BCD and tank, put it on while seated, when ready stand up and hold one of the many handrails for stability, then take a few steps to the aft exit and entry area before entering the water via a giant stride entry. Once the diver is in the water they can hold onto a mermaid line if a current or conditions require, divers may also be instructed to do so by the dive guide, if conditions allow divers can make their way to the bow with their buddy where the anchor is located ready for descent. Our dive crew will assist every diver when entering and exiting the water, and will do a final gear check before the giant stride entry, when the diver returns he or she climbs up the purpose built dive ladder wearing their fins, when they reach the top and stand on the deck our crew will remove their fins prior to the diver walking assisted back to their nominated seat to safely secure or change over their dive tank making it ready for their next dive after a surface interval.  Sydney Dive Charters has all the safety equipment including RFD (life raft), lifejackets, flares, radio, EPIRB, fire extinguishers, first aid, and oxygen in case of diver emergency's, our staff are all highly qualified and experienced first aid trained.

Pickup Locations To Dive The Apartments Dive Site

Sydney Dive Charters offers several different pickup locations for recreational and advanced boat dive pickups in Sydney Harbour, either Little Manly Boat Ramp or Rose Bay Public Wharf are our regular daily pickup locations. Both these pickup locations require dive boat travel times to most of our Sydney Dive Sites of 10 - 30min. Sydney Dive Charters also offers pickups from Long Bay, Malabar, when diving Magic Point or Sydney dive sites south of Maroubra. This beach pickup is only 5 minutes boat travel to Magic Point, however a group booking will need to be organised to select this dive boat pickup point. Pickups from Careel Bay Marina, Pittwater, Bayview Boat Ramp, Pittwater, when diving the ship wreck of the EX-HMAS Adelaide or a range of other Sydney dive sites north of Narrabeen on Sydney's Northern Beaches. If a private charters is organised we can pickup from anywhere as required if safe to do so. 

Hire Gear On-board Sydney Dive Charters Apartments Double Boat Dives

Sydney Dive Charters has a full range of the very best top quality hire gear range including Scubapro, Halcyon, Faber steel tanks or aluminium tanks and has all dive gases such as air, nitrox, helium, and oxygen, dive gases can be blended on request when dive certification is provided. Sydney Dive Charters hire gear BCD's are Scubapro Tec Wing's which allows scuba divers to get the very most out of their Sydney diving. Scuba divers when booking their Sydney boat dives can add-on any variety of our top of the range hire gear simply by adding on the hire gear package that best suits their needs for the day boat diving.

Click here to checkout Sydney Dive Charters range of top quality hire gear or click the Gear Hire tab on the top of the bar located on the Home Page.

You will be provides hot drinks and light snacks and spray jackets during the surface interval. It is also recommends that divers bring cameras for underwater photography as this dive site has an abundance of life.

Recommended Certification – Advanced Open Water
Recommended Experience –20 Logged Dives
Recommended Gas – 21% or Nitrox
Depth Range – 7-24 metres

DOUBLE BOAT DIVE RUNTIME – 4HRS

DIVE BOAT DEPARTS – LITTLE MANLY BOAT RAMP OR ROSE BAY PUBLIC WHARF

SEA SICK MEDICATION RECOMMENDED
Due to adverse weather conditions the Master can change dive sites on the day.

*** Check out our dive calendar to see availability for this dive site.

***As this area has large numbers of big pelagic fish, we commonly encounter a lot of fishing boats in this area.

*** Double dive will consist of one dive at 'The Apartments' and a second dive as per listed on our dive calendar.

*** Strong current can be regularly encountered at this site so it’s advised that all divers be experienced and confident. 

***  Grey Nurse sharks information - https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/threatened-species/endangered/endangered-animals/grey_nurse_shark.html

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