Sorento ferry berth

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Sorento ferry berth

Postby Dive in wine tanks » Thu, 28 Dec 2006 8:11 pm

I was fortunate enough to take Chewy on a dusk dive at Sorento ferry berth on the 26th. Slack water was to be at 7.00pm at the heads so est 7.30 at ferry berth, the Ebb how ever started to flo about 7.00. The last ferry normaly leave's Q/Cliff at six but as of 26th till end of daylight saving departs at 7.00 & arrives at Sorento 7.30, drops its cars, locks exit gates & returns to Q/Cliff. Myself & Chewy were kitted & ready entering the water approx
7.45. We swam out to tthe outer pilons before the currents had time to build, then moved into the slack waters closer to the wall checking out all the nooks & cranies. Black Drummer, Old Wife,Magpie Marwong,Silver Sweep,Moonlighter,Red Marwong,Banded Marwong,Horshoe Leatherjackets & many more species were there in large numbers. I would have to say by far my best dive there as yet, it was also good to do at dusk helping me get a better feel for this sights layout, as i have only previously done this dive at night.
After checking out the wall we let the current carry us through under the pier, exiting next to the wall & walking out to the beach.
I hope Chewy enjoyed the dive as much as myself & look forward to doing it again soon. :D :D :D


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Postby Sabre » Tue, 02 Jan 2007 9:46 am

A mate & I did our final 2006 dive on Thursday 28th December late afternoon/ dusk at Sorrento Pier & Ferry terminal. My mate wanted somewhere easy to test out his new BCD/ regs etc.

What a great dive!
Only my second dive at this site.
We hit the water not long after the last ferry had docked, just after 8pm! While this site is only shallow, max depth ~6m (off where the ferry berths) I think it has a lot to offer.

On this dive with the flood current running, current under pier only slight, we had 15m+ viz and 19 deg C water. It really was a nice leisurely dive. We explored mainly under the T-section of the pier and the RHS of pier (facing the ocean). Interesting fish & macro life (some nice nudi's) and plenty of nooks & crannies to explore and sponge covered pier pylons.

To top the dive off a very large seal came in close swimming around and near us. It was a very large one, so muscular and so streamlined. A great marine encounter!
My mate nearly died when I pointed to the large black object in the water! My first seal encounter in ~2.5yrs diving and my mates first in over 22 yrs diving!

Great dive, despite only reacing 3.4m depth and I'd highly recommend this dive site! Just check the currents and dive on a slowing flood or ebb current or Slack water if you can.



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Simon

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Postby chewy » Fri, 19 Jan 2007 10:19 am

Dive in tanks - thanks for being such a great buddy underwater - I really enjoyed myself.

Apologies for not replying sooner - I had issues with my computer which prevented me posting on ScubaDoc...

The fish life and many crevices at Sorrento really encouraged exploration and the entry/exit is super easy.....loved the dive and will be back ASAP.

Hev - I think this is an awesome dive for you ;-) b/c it has as much life as Pope's Eye but different again.



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Postby Hev » Tue, 23 Jan 2007 12:40 pm

It's on my list! Just need to stop working so there's more time for diving. Trouble with that is then there's no money for new toys or dive trips.



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Postby Dive in wine tanks » Tue, 23 Jan 2007 7:35 pm

The beauty of shore diveing Hev $5 for air $5 petrol 2hrs of pleasure, Call me when im back we will do a nighty there. home wed night 7th Feb. Sorry cant make golf, appointment with specialist 1pm Frankston. :evil:


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Postby Hev » Sat, 10 Feb 2007 9:06 am

Thanks to All for a fun dive last night. Ages since I did a night dive and the ferry terminal and pier there were great. Nudi's, shrimp, fish, sponges, huge variety of plant life, lots of holes to poke the head/torch into, although I got a bit more cautious after we found the blue ring octopus.




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