Barwon Banks

Located 22 nautical miles offshore, conditions have to be perfect to visit this rocky reef that rises from 40 metres to 22 metres. A dive for experienced divers only, the rocky reef at Barwon Banks is riddled with caves, ledges, bommies and gutters.

Decorating this varied terrain are black coral trees, soft corals, gorgonians and sea whips. While a good collection of reef fish and invertebrate species reside on this reef.

Level

Level

  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 16 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Drift Dive
  • Macro Spot
  • Cleaning Station
  • Pinnacle, Needle, Seamount

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

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