Magic Point Dives- Grey Nurse Shark Diving Sydney
Magic Point Grey dive site is located in a dedicated Grey Nurse marine sanctuary located off Magic Point, Maroubra. Sydney Dive Charters double boat dives include dives at Magic Point and a second different dive site after a surface interval. Grey Nurse sharks have a long history living at Magic Point; they congregate in a large cave found at the base of a drop off or wall. This cave is where the sharks congregate for mating; divers can closely interact with male and female Grey Nurse sharks. Male Grey Nurse sharks can reach in excess of 3 metres in length; shark numbers regularly reach 20–25 during mating season.
How Do Divers Dive Magic Point
The Magic Point dive site is located on a reef only 30m from Magic Point headland. After a short boat ride Sydney Dive Charters starts the dive by anchoring in approximately 7 metres of water on a rocky reef. Divers descend the vessels anchor line, it’s very easy for open water divers to get their buoyancy adjusted before heading for the reef drop off. The shark cave is at a depth of 16 metres, with the reef edge at 23 metres.
As this area is a shark sanctuary divers are restricted from entering the shark cave. We advise divers to knell in a semi circle on a sand patch at the cave entrance to watch the action and get some great photos and videos.
What Can Dives See At Magic Point
Other than Grey Nurse sharks Magic Point dive site also has an abundance of marine life living along the reef in both directions from the cave. Found around the cave entrance are schools of Bait and Catfish that swim around divers in tight formation. When divers have finished watching and photographing the Grey Nurse sharks they can swim down and along the reef edge. Here they will dive through gardens of sponge and soft corals while looking for other residents such as the 2–3 metre black Bull Rays. Also commonly seen are Pineapple fish, and numerous Wobbygong and Port Jackson sharks or several Weedy Seadragons which are found in the kelp gardens.
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 Magic Point
Sydney Dive Charters offers two different locations for boat dive pickups in Sydney Harbour, either Little Manly Boat Ramp or Rose Bay Public Wharf. Both these pickup locations require about a 30min boat travel time. Sydney Dive Charters also offers pickups from Long Bay, Malabar. 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.
Hire Gear On-board Sydney Dive Charters Magic Point 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.
Sydney Dive Charters provides hot drinks and light snacks and spray jackets during the surface interval, we also recommends that divers bring cameras for underwater photography as this dive site has an abundance of life.
Minimum Certification – Open Water
Recommended Minimum Experience – 10 Logged Dives
Recommended Gas – 21% or Nitrox
Depth Range– 7-23 metres
DOUBLE DIVE RUNTIME – 4HRS
BOAT DEPARTS – ROSE BAY PUBLIC WHARF – LITTLE MANLY BOAT RAMP / (ON SPECIAL BOOKINGS) BOAT DEPARTS – MALABAR BEACH / LONG BAY
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
*** To view information on the Grey Nurse Critical Habitat click https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/closures/location-closures/magic-point
*** Grey Nurse sharks information - https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/threatened-species/endangered/endangered-animals/grey_nurse_shark.html