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Dive Review of Kimberley Escape in
Australia/West Australia, Rowley Shoals

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Joest, DC, Germany
Report Number 2370
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
South East Asia, Micronesia, Melanesia, PNG, Solomons etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
26   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
40 m max.!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Three small atoll islands 17o sea miles off Broome, West Australia were my
this years dive destination. These are Clerke, Imperieuse and Mermaid, the
Rowley Shoals, which we cruised around on board of the Kimberley Escape.
Healthy  reefs, lots of fish life like on the Maldives many years ago.
Untouched by El Ninjo or diver crowds a really pristine area. A good
mixture of hard and soft coral, some walls pinkish or yellow with  an
abundance of them. Often drift dives in more or less strong current, mostly
wall dives, some coral garden, bomies, crevices, gutters, swim throughs
some caves. Vis can be everything between 3o to 15o feet, water temp. 27
degrees Celsius. Highlights for me : Fuesseliers, hundreds of them dancing 
a ballet to a music you can´t hear, changing directions all together
to some unseen signal. A bunch of sailfish snapper, a beautiful painted
fish,  on a strong current channel drift dive. In 45 m a dark shadow turned
out to be my first sunfish on cleaning station, got close, an exhilarating
experience. On a blue water dive down to 3o m with plastic drinking bottles
to attract sharks with by squeezing them, a noise which makes them curious.
Sure enough  a 3 m tiger shark came close circled us but something scared
him away soon. The other group had 3 hammers. One dive site Cod Hole you
find huge potatoe cods = groupers in size of 1,5  2 m coming close to
touch, must be used to divers feeding them. 
This area is fantastic and I always keep asking myself, better to keep
quiet about it or tell others ?
But I guess with the Rowleys the distance and the costs will keep it a
seldom visited place and surely will not turn into an divers nightmare with
too much folk coming.
The boat is good but still not up to live aboard standards. Only  3 share
heads and showers, don´t expect  towels after each dive or made beds.
Dive platform is great giving easy entry and exit. I would have liked  to
see a bit more space for everything. Meals are superb and certainly meet
live aboard standards. Next year they plan to introduce a bigger boat the
Great Escape and are thinking of longer trips to the Rowleys and some
northern islands.
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