The South West Rocks along the coast of New South Wales offers one of the most interesting areas to explore called Fish Rock Cave. Every year, thousands of divers explore the reaches of this cave, finding many wonders under the ocean that take advantage of this area of serenity beneath the waves. Fish Rock Cave is a must-see dive spot for your adventures as it is unlike any other place in the area. For the divers who have come around the world to see this marvel, Fish Rock Cave is a place that they will never forget.
Located under the island of Fish Rock, the cave is over 100 meters long which make it one of the largest ocean caves in the southern hemisphere.
Inside this massive structure are two large chimneys that work their way towards the surface. You will need a torch to see through the darkness, but there are many wonderful sights to see. If you want to speak to your fellow divers, there is a bubble cave that allows for a short chat before you continue your progress into what is known as the light zone.
Taking advantage of the calm waters in the cave, there is abundant marine life to be found. The first thing you will probably notice is the thousands of bullseyes that hang along the entrance area. You will see red cuttlefish near the entrance of the cave along with wobbegong sharks, bull rays, cowry shells, sea cucumbers, many large Spanish dancers and the bryozoan lace coral that encompasses the area.
As you ascend in the chimneys, the eyes of the many crayfish will follow you during your exploration. If you go to Fish Rock Cave during the right time of the year, you may even see the giant cuttlefish lay their eggs in the cave as the male cuttlefish with their spectacular colors swim along nearby. However, the loggerhead turtles and grey nurse sharks are arguably the most spectacular part of the marine life found in the region.
During normal weather conditions, diving in Fish Rock Cave is open to all levels of experience including novice divers. This is because of the relatively calm currents and controlled conditions of the dive. A specific certification may be required.
The South West Rocks themselves can be quite rough during bad weather conditions, but for the most part Fish Rock Cave is more than calm enough for divers to enjoy the experience. Whether you are engaging in your first dive or are a veteran of many dives, Fish Rock Cave is a must when visiting Australia and especially this part of the ocean.
This text is for information purposes only. It has been written by members of the website and can be inaccurate. Always contact local professional divers before diving.