Dive Number: 337 02/08/12 11.20, Sunnymeade Beach – Aireys Inlet
Conditions: Great day with low swell on the coast
Water Temp: 12.0c
Bottom Time: 76minutes
Max Depth: 10.6m
SAC: ???? litres/min
Details: It was one of those low swell days that was ideal for diving along the Surfcoast. Original plans was to dive Pt Roadknight Back Beach, but the swell was still too high for this area. We decided on Sunnymeade Beach ear Airey’s Inlet and made the long arduous walk down the stairs with full gear. We walked towards the Eagle’s nest marine park, but it was just too far with full gear and slippery rocks, so we entered before the first point. The area was fairly shallow reef for most of the way out in about 6-7m. The biggest highlight here was a very unexpected Weedy Seadragon. the first record in this area for the species as far as i’m aware. I swum out the back further and out to the east. It was nothing but a sandy flat with little reef in abot 10-11m. This continued for a good 20minutes of swimming, until i reached some great little bommies in about 6-8m. This area was right in the middle of the embayment and was probably the best reef on the dive. The really tough entry and exit is the limiting factor to this area, otherwise i’d love to explore it more.
Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes