Our annual dive trip to Whyalla to dive and snorkel with the Giant Cuttlefish was a great weekend. Each winter in June & July, Giant Cuttlefish migrate to Point Lowly and surrounding areas to mate. It is the only known place in the world for this to occur, and is an amazing phenomenon to watch.
We drove to Point Lowly on Friday afternoon, 5th July, to our historic accommodation, the Point Lowly Lighthouse Cottages. The cottages have been made into bunk-style accommodation, with kitchen, bbq, and outdoor fire-place. It was a great place for groups to stay.
On Saturday we drove the short distance to the dive site at the Port Bonython fence line and made sure everyone in the group had a buddy or guide to dive with. We also had some snorkelers, as the cuttlefish are in quite close to shore (I think the max depth I got on the day was 4m, although some went a little further out to 5m).
The water was a cold 12 degrees, but I was in my new Cressi 8mm 2-piece wetsuit, and I was amazed at how warm it was! I did a 1 hour snorkel with my son, and then straight after went back in for an hour dive with Dave. I still wasn’t cold when we got out!
If you feel the cold, I definitely recommend coming in to Underwater Sports and getting one of these 2-piece wetsuits.
After the second dive, we headed back to the cottages for lunch, then had a free afternoon for a walk along the beach, nap, or drive into Whyalla. Saturday tea was BBQ and salad, followed by a chat around the campfire.
Sunday morning we had breakfast and packed up the cottage, headed back to do another dive with Cuttlefish, and then made the journey back to Adelaide.
We had perfect weather conditions for the weekend, and look forward to going back again next year!
Check out the video we made of the weekend on YouTube, and get in touch if you’d like to join us next year.