Need info on Dampier area please

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 11:20
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Where are the hot spots for diving ? from own boat
Where is good anchorage for overnight ?
Also where is good beach camping ?
I am aware of the tidal situation and have read about some dive spots
but am after local knowledge
We are going in June/July
thanks
gmd
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 20:43

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 20:43
Hi. I am in NSW but my brother lived in Dampier for 36years till 2009. Both he and my nephew used to do all their diving out off the islands west of Dampier. They had "shacks" out there for overnight/s stays but there was also good anchorage as well. If you need more detailed info pm me. There are still a few of his mates living in the town we can contact. Bob.

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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:20

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:20
Thanks Toyocrusa
see how we go here and when time comes I'll message you
regards
gmd
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 23:25

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010 at 23:25
What sort of boat is it?? Are you looking at spearing / freediving / SCUBA / just looking?
Are you planning on staying on the boat or swaging it on one of the islands? Have you checked out the tides for when you will be there?
If you let me know the answers to the above I will have some places for you..
Drew
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:11

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:11
Thanks Drew,

Scuba and UW-Camera. We have bottles as well as a Hookah
We have a 21" cabin cruiser with 70cm draft when leg is up.
We would stay on the boat overnight for some trips
but also intend to stay on the beach with the camper
when there is a chance on other occasions when we leave the
boat in Dampier.

Thanks
gmd
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:19

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 11:19
There is nice coral on the north side of Malus, and the north side of Rosemary. Some good deep diving around Bare rock. If you have access to a smaller boat there is some great camping and shallow diving around Collier Rocks (up the end of Flying Foam Passage) - you have to watch the tides there as you can easily get stuck for 5 or 6 hours - I have.....(many times..). If the weather is good - a trip over to Delambre is well worth it - good anchorage to sleep on the boat or shore and the diving is amazing
Have fun
Drew
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Follow Up By: _gmd_pps - Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:17

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:17
Drew,

thanks for the info. I have ordered the paper charts from the area (boat shop did not have stock). If anything else pops into your mind, the more ideas the better :)) ..

thanks, help is appreciated
gmd
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