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

Kangaroo Island Diving Safaris/Ozone Seafront Hotel, Jun, 2002,

by John Crossley, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 162.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 I’ve 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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Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 51-54°F / 11-12°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 15-30 Ft/ 5-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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 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
UW Photo Comments [None]
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