When you first enter the water and drop down to around six to eight metres, you will find the return marker made up of scuttled shopping trolleys and pushbikes.
Swansea Bridge has several spans each holding its own colony of marine life,- Decorator crabs, Pineapple fish, large blue eels, fan bellied leatherjackets, nudibranchs of so many different colours, to name a few.
Night diving here is a great experience when the current is slack. Watch out for the small things, blennies poking out from the rocks, small eels, octopus and small cuttlefish sleeping in the algae fronds.
For the more adventurous- a drift dive during an incoming tide is a great bonus dive. Enter near the RSL club and drift under the spans, all the way in, to the western boat ramp.
Check out all the animals that call the haven "home"- Big bull rays, Bat wing rays and sand Skate, along with schools of yellowtail waiting for you to
swim around with them. A rock wall extends from the haven and you will even find a large anchor propped up against the wall. This area is also holiday home to several Grey Nurse sharks and a breeding area for small Port Jackson sharks.
So much to see in such a small area- Always something different, every time you dive here.
Terrigal haven Night Dive (Night certified)
Your first night dive should be at a place you have dived previously, where you feel comfortable and has easy access, with good parking close to the water. Terrigal haven has all this and more.
Large bull rays swim around here at night. Look out the ever present Blue Gropers asleep in their rocky holes. The shiny Bullseyes are out swarming about and watch small sting rays glide over the sandy floor looking for tasty shells and molluscs coming out of their sandy burrows.
Cabbage Tree bay
Great little site, with a sandy and rubble strewn bottom, schools of yellowtail swim about you here at night. The Blue gropers are asleep in their holes and the schools of small fish are now out and about foraging.
Maximum depth here is 8 to 10 metres.
Catherine Hill Bay Wharf
Catherine Hill Bay beach itself was aptly nameda ship “Catherine Hill” that was wrecked in the bay in June 1867.
The “Catherine Hill” was traveling from the Richmond River port to Sydney with a load of timber.
As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (28/6/1867).
The southern headland of Catherine Hill Bay, provides several dive sites with depths ranging between 3-30 meters, making the area also suitable for snorkelers in the shallower waters and around the pylons, of the old wharf.
The headland has dozens of swim-throughs and over-hangs, which are fun to investigate.
Around the Coal Loader jetty, divers can inspect the remains the original "Wallarah" Collier that lays on the sandy bottom.
Just remember not to dive when the waves are breaking over the headland.