[u_line]Join DUI in Tasmania[/u_line]
[/product]April 9-19, 2015
Explore the wonders of Down Under with DUI as we explore one of the most remote parts of Australia - TASMANIA! Home of the Tasmanian Devil on land and amazingly rich marine life underwater such as leafy sea dragons, fur seals, and magnificent kelp forests. Whether you are love marine life, intricate caverns, caves, walls, canyons or shipwrecks, Tasmania has something for you. And on land, you can enjoy pristine national parks and incredible historical sites.
Tasmania is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia and is located 150 miles to the south of the Australian continent. The state includes the island of Tasmania which is the 26th largest island in the world and the surrounding 334 islands. Tasmania is promoted as the natural state and the "Island of Inspiration" due to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Almost 45% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites.
We have dedicated boats from EagleHawk Dive Centre that allow us to explore a wider selection of further away dive sites. Here is a sampling:
Giant Kelp Forest (Macrocystis pyrifera)
Once common all along the ocean coasts of the Tasman and Forestier Peninsulas, climate change has forced the retreat of the giant kelp forests to just a couple of small areas in this region; the main one we visit now is in Munro Bight. Under ideal conditions, the Giant Macrocystis Kelp can grow over 1.5 ft per day, forming towering columns to the surface from 65’ creating a unique, shaded environment - swimming through the Giant Kelp Forest has been likened to flying through a rainforest. A truly amazing experience.
The unique habitat of the Giant Kelp Forest is home to a wide variety of smaller kelps and other algae, plus many animals including Weedy Sea Dragons, various wrasses, banded stingarees, skates, cowfish (boxfish), octopus and the occasional Bigbelly Seahorse, amongst many others. This is a relaxing dive suitable for divers of all levels of experience.
Kelp - http://youtu.be/ZQb9ZFWfNZE
Weedy Sea Dragon - http://youtu.be/DJW0IUwHZ9I
Waterfall Bay - Caves
Geologically, the Tasman Peninsula region is primarily mudstone/sandstone which in some areas has been extensively eroded to offer huge caves, tunnels and canyons, particularly in Waterfall Bay, an area well known for its sea caves. The largest, Cathedral Cave, the largest sea cave system in Australia, consists of a massive entrance (maximum water depth 65’), extending back into smaller caverns with narrow tunnels and cross passages, often with large schools of fish near the entrances. The walls are covered with brightly colored invertebrates normally found in much deeper water. As you can imagine, this cave offers spectacular diving from a photographic aspect. There are several other smaller cave complexes, including Dog Leg Cave and Horse-shoe Cave. The caves are for experienced divers with excellent buoyancy control, and diving in them is only possible when there is little swell.
Cathedral Cave Highlights - http://youtu.be/4XwPB8g0xPc
Cathedral Cave Tour - http://youtu.be/XcrFCApSUAQ
Waterfall Bay - Patersons Arch
The canyons of the Patersons Arch area offer all the varied invertebrate life, great swim-throughs and walls of the caves, but without the rock ceiling. Patersons Arch can be dived by anyone with good diving skills and reasonable buoyancy control, although we do not normally recommend it for novice divers.
An excellent dive in its own right with lots of life on the walls, and a good alternative for the caves if the swell is just too big.
Wreck SS "Nord"
The SS "Nord" was built in 1900. She weighed 1057 metric tons and measured 289.4 feet. She was a cargo ship carrying case oil when she sank on November 8th, 1915, after striking a sunken pinnacle near Hippolyte Rock. All her crew survived the wreck. The wreck is situated near a reef in 125’ of water near Cape Pillar, a few miles from Tasman Island.
The SS "Nord" is one of Tasmania's few "intact" shipwrecks. Although the superstructure has collapsed, she still resembles a ship, the bow and stern are still reasonably intact and the rudder still moves! The wreck has attracted a variety of fish and is covered in colorful encrusting marine life. There are still a number of artifacts to be seen on the wreck including brass fittings and Chinese crockery, but no artifacts can be removed as the wreck of the SS "Nord" is now protected.
The wreck of the SS "Nord" is a dive for experienced divers only, with a minimum of Deep Diver Specialty (or equivalent) qualification. The site is exposed to southerly and easterly weather and can be prone to currents.
SS “Nord” - http://youtu.be/_a6Vc41cMag
Fur Seals (northern side of the Lanterns, Cape Hauy)
A haul-out area for New Zealand and Australian Fur Seals, which can often be very playful, particularly the youngsters. Fur Seals are very curious animals, and will often approach divers and particularly like to play in the bubbles. If approached by a seal, be confident and open in your movements and make eye contact, but avoid sharp, jerky and rapid movements which seem to scare them off. Fur Seals, particularly young ones, often act very similar to adolescent puppies - they usually love to play! This area is usually suitable for divers of all levels of experience.
Fur Seal - http://youtu.be/k-r5HYF2KUU
The deep walls provide spectacular diving to depths of 120’ or more. They are home to huge schools of fish such as Butterfly Perch, Long-finned Pike, Trumpeter and an abundant assortment of other life, including colorful encrusting invertebrates and spectacular sponge gardens. Diving these walls at any depth provides excellent photographic opportunities and is always an unforgettable dive. All these sites are for the more experienced diver with a minimum of Deep Diver Specialty (or equivalent) qualification.
Sponge Gardens - http://youtu.be/2QlDbuBeSTA
A series of magnificent pinnacles off Cape Surville in 120 feet plus, with sheer walls and canyons. The walls are covered in Gold Zoanthid Anemones, soft corals and sponges, with dense gardens of sea whips in the deeper parts. Large schools of fish are common.
Deep Glen Bay - North Wall
A sheer wall from the surface to 90’, with shelves and tumbles of huge boulders down to 125 feet. The wall is rich in colorful encrusting invertebrates, and home to a pair of elusive Zeibel's Handfish. The deeper area has spectacular sponge gardens full of color. Large schools of Butterfly Perch are common.
A narrow ridge of rocks to the north of Fortescue Bay, often crowded with sea birds and sleeping seals. Underwater, the eastern end drops almost sheer to over 80 feet, with shelves and bommies that keep going down to over 125 feet. Loaded with spectacular sponge gardens, fields of soft corals, and always schools of Butterfly Perch and other fish. It truly is a dive to remember.
A series of isolated stacks and pinnacles (Hippolyte Rock, Cheverton Rock/Little Hippolyte, Needle Rock), these drop steeply into deep water (150 feet) with often sheer walls. Dense bull kelp in the shallows and walls of colorful invertebrates deeper, usually with huge schools of Real Bastard Trumpeter in the shallower parts and Butterfly Perch on the deeper walls. Hippolyte Rock itself is home to a very large haul-out colony of fur seals. Very exposed to weather and subject to strong currents, these spectacular dives are for very experienced divers only.
- Departure for US participants on April 9 to arrive in Hobart on April 11
- We will be picked up at the airport and driven to our hotel- Lufra Hotel - on the beautiful Eaglehawk Peninsula. Everyone will have an oceanfront room with at least a studio room. There are a few oceanfront apartments available for families
or 2 couples at the same price. Double Occupancy is included in price. Contact DUI for a single rate. www.LufraHotel.com
- After checking in, the dive store, Eaglehawk Dive Center, is holding a special welcome barbecue for us, and we will have a dive briefing at that time. www.EaglehawkDive.com
- Begin diving on April 12 for 6 full days of 2-3 dives per day minimum. AS we have dedicated boats, we will be able to visit more remote locations and be more flexible in the itinerary.
- Breakfast and lunch is included every day.
- Land tours will be available in the afternoon after diving or for those who are not diving that day. Possibilities include cliff top hikes, visits to a penguin colony, feeding wallabies, etc.
- Eaglehawk Dive Center is taking care of all the transfers to and from the hotel as well as the airport.
- On our last full day, we will visit the Port Arthur Ghost Tour as well as the Tasman Devil Park where we can see the famous Tasmanian Devils.
- We depart from Hobart on April 19 and will return to the US on the same day due to the date change.
- Airfare to and from Hobart
- Dinners while in Tasmania as well as meals while traveling
- Alcoholic beverages, gratuities and souvenirs
- Nitrox or equipment rentals
$3999 for divers
$2499 for non-divers
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