Snorkelling at Cape Leveque

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Has anyone been snorkelling at Cape Leveque and if so could you describe the experience?
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 15:28

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 15:28
I could suggest that it would be deadly. I haven't been there or swam there , but its high enough up the coast to have long dogs swimming around.

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Follow Up By: Frances - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:05

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 16:05
The reason I ask is that you can book a snorkelling tour there but wondered how it compared with Ningaloo.
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Follow Up By: JOHN A7 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 04:16

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 04:16
In the 70s I was a diver for Cygnet Bay Pearls.I dropped in the water between the beach and the island to do some spear fishing and the rip there blew me away.It can do 25 30 knots through there on the spring tides.Be careful.
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Reply By: Member - MIKE.G - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:32

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 17:32
You will be warned not to swim/snorkel on the western beach as the currents are very strong - after all it is a cape. Swimming at the northern beach but nothing compared to Exmouth region. No mention of crocs. Safe travels. Mike
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 19:51

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 19:51
It is absolutely fantastic!! I have dived (spearing) there on 2 differrent trips. Both times have coincided with spring tides - so in the morning and late afternoon the tide goes out making it possible to almost walk across to the island. There is a great deep section on the right as you are walking over to the island that I speared a nice Bluebone for dinner in. There were heaps of Trout, Cod, Bluebone, Trevalley, Barracuda etc - The diving in that spot certainly compares to Exmouth / Ningaloo.
I only dived for an hour either side of the tide and got out as soon as the current started to pick up (it gets dirty anyway) - I was also wearing a Shark Shield (dont know how they would go on crocs - probably not that well...), and a full length 1mm wetsuit incase of stingers.
On one of the days i dived there I got out after about 15 mins as I had a horrible, uneasy feeling in the water - a croc was sighted the next morning off the Western beach.....
The Bluebone cooked whole in coals at the closest beach shack to the point was fantastic!!!

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Reply By: uneekwahn - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 22:36

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 22:36
Was up there mid April this year and did some snorkelling. It was very nice. MASSIVE chunks of square / rectangular rocks that look like an ancient building was there. Very colorful fish in places. Water was very clear most of the time.

Tides were great whilst we were there but just not low enough to walk to the island :(

Crocs are apparently rarely seen around the area, but there are some at Hunter Creek which isn't too far up the coast, so do be careful.

Enjoy yourself :)


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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Monday, May 23, 2011 at 23:33

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 23:33
That's what I love about this Forum; every now and again something out of left field. I would never had tought about snorkelling there, but now...

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 14:01

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 14:01
hi frances
they get crocs as far south as broome regulary and they have been down to port hedland on the odd occasion so your cape leveque diving experience could be the last thing you do
it's your choice the risk is your decision
not for me thanks
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Follow Up By: Frances - Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 16:28

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 16:28
Thanks everyone for your advice and opinions. It has left me totally confused!!!!! I'll make a decision when we get to Cape Leveque and talk to the tour operators.
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