The Yorke Peninsula is the peninsula that’s right next to our Fleurieu Peninsula where Adelaide is located. The Yorke Peninsula is not only worthwhile to explore on land (cute little country towns with delicious food, beautiful coastline and an awesome national park down the bottom!) but its topside beauty is easily matched by the underwater landscape. One of our favourite scuba dive sites on the Yorke Peninsula here in South Australia, is Edithburgh (and not just on the Yorke Peninsula, it’s one of our favourite dive sites anywhere in Australia!)
Edithburgh Jetty is well known amongst underwater photographers, and that is mainly because of the great macro life that can be spotted here. A lot of the marine life is also quite rare and that’s why not only underwater photographer but all scuba divers love to scuba dive at the Edithburgh Jetty here in South Australia.
Amongst other things you can find on your dive quite regularly are the lovely pyjama squid and dumpling squid (which actually are cuttlefish but for some unknown reason are called pyjama squid?). They are tiny and love to hide underneath the sand, but are such pretty little critters! They are easiest to find on a night dive, as they come out from underneath the sand to hunt at night, but you can spot them by day as well if you’re lucky! Anglerfish (family of the better known frogfish) can also be found here in many different varieties. From the smooth to the tassled anglerfish, whichever one you are looking for, you can find it right here at Edithbugh.
On a scuba dive at Edithburgh you can also see other macro life, such as seahorses, pipefish, different varieties of nudibranchs, and the elegant Leafy Sea Dragon. Edithburgh Jetty is a great dive site, not only for day diving, but also for night dives. During the night you’ll see plenty of nocturnal animals like octopuses that are out hunting. A night dive here will offer a totally different sight than a dive during the day. You might see some Bluering Octopus out hunting too (an underwater photographer favourite). Always make sure to watch them from a safe distance!
Diving Adelaide regularly offers weekends away to Edithburgh. One or two professional divemasters or instructors are leading these trips, and always lead several dives to show you all the marine life that can be found at this amazing dive site. Of course you can also plan and dive your own schedule with your own buddy on these weekends away. Check our Upcoming Weekends Away for a bit more info about our weekends away and to see when our next Edithburgh weekend is coming up!