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Dive Review of Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris/Ozone Seafront Hotel in
Australia/Kangaroo Island

June, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 162
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Indonesia, Soloman Islands, Truk, Palau, Yap, Galapagos, Sipadan,
Philippines, Cocos, Hawaii, Cozumel, Bahamas, Florida, Bonaire, & more
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
51   to 54    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris, South Australia
June, 2002
Dive Trip Report by John Crossley, Fresno, CA.

Kangaroo Island was great!  The big attraction for divers is to see the
beautiful and unique Leafy Sea Dragons, but there is so much more to do on
Kangaroo Island. It is a large island off the south coast of Australia,
with a few small towns, but mostly it is a natural area, with lots of
opportunities to see Kangaroos, Koalas, and Sea Lions up close in the wild.
To get to Kangaroo Island, take a small plane flight from Adelaide, or save
money by taking a bus from Adelaide to Cape Jervis to catch a high speed
ferry. We stayed in Kingscote, at the Ozone Seafront Hotel, which was
moderate in price, but very nice and with a good restaurant.

Local tour companies with vans know the best spots to go to see wildlife,
but you could probably see much of the wildlife on your own in a rental car
if you get good directions. We also visited the Parndana Wildlife Park, a
preserve that had all the island animals.  We could hand feed the
kangaroos, and some of them would hang around just to be petted after they
had eaten their fill. 

We dove with Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris, operated by Jim and Josie
Thiselton, who know the waters of Kangaroo Island extremely well.  We had
booked two days of diving on their catamaran, but the weather blew us
totally out of action one day.  On the second day the water outside the bay
was still too rough so we stayed right there and dove under and around the
large Kingscote Wharf. It was a great muck dive site where we found many
types of crabs, two cuttlefish, sponges, yellow cup corals, and several
types of unique nudibranchs and juvenile fish. On our second dive, Jim
found two Leafy Sea Dragons, one of which was fairly large at about 10
inches long. With its multiple green leafy appendages, this was the most
beautiful critter Ive ever seen in the sea.  Although the water was really
cold (51 degrees) and the air temp was only about 55, we found the Leafys
and had a great time. 

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