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Dive Review of Exmouth dive centre/Backpackers in
Australia/Western Australia

Exmouth dive centre/Backpackers: "Diving the Marion islands NW of WA", Jun, 2016,

by Andrew Falconer , WA, AU (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 10226.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments ]Cold, wet and windy weather in the SW of WA where I live, prompted me to head north on a motorcycle road trip, with a plan to do a dive at Exmouth, where I have previously dived the Ningaloo reef and the navy jetty. The navy jetty is one of the best fish dives I have ever done, but unfortunately, it was damaged by a cyclone last year and is closed to diving until further notice. So I ended up doing a boat dive to the Murion Islands instead, which lie about 20 km off the NW Cape and are part of a marine reserve.

Murions are the two islands NE of the Cape

They are rather barren on the surface

Exmouth Dive Centre (a well run outfit offer regular double dive day trips to the Murion Islands from the marina, on a roomy ex whale shark watching boat with lunch and refreshments included, and with limited carrying capacity, I hired all the dive gear from them, barring computer and camera.

This school of juvenile barracuda at the start of the second dive was spectacular

The trip out took about an hour, and our varied group of about eight dived two spots off the western side South Murion Islands, namely Cod Spot and Key Hole.
For me the former was a bit disappointing, as it did not live up to its name (no cod), and the terrain and visibility was ordinary, plus my mask kept fogging up.
The latter dive was much better, with a different mask, improved visibility, a big school of juvenile barracuda at the start, some nice corals and swim throughs, and a mass of juvenile bait fish are among the highlights.

There are some nice corals

And some huge schools of juvenile bait fish to swim through

The trip back was into the weather and a bit rough and water temperature was 24 degrees.
Total cost for the day including gear hire was $208 (10% discount)

A nudibranch was among the macro highlights

This was an interesting swim through

June 2016
{Some photos from this trip can be found at [ link] }

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka
Closest Airport Exmouth Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 25-27°C / 77-81°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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