Beautiful Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula (right next to Rapid Bay) is about an hour and a half drive from the dive centre. It is known for leafy sea dragons, blue devils and the beautiful topography of the site! If you like exploring little caves and overhangs and great marine life sightings, then this is the site for you!
There is a change room and a toilet block at the car park and several entry points with varying difficulty. The easiest entry points are the beach and the jetty! Don’t forget to explore around the jetty and the area in between the jetty and headland, as you can occasionally find sea dragons here! Go around the head land and follow the little drop off to the south. You’ll swim past a channel in the sea grasses where you can often find eagle and bull rays and impressive schools of fish.
You’ll pass the second bay on your left hand side on the way to the caves and overhangs. You can also enter the water at this second bay. There is a little path leading from the jetty along the cliff and towards the rocky beach. You can climb in over the rocks and enter from here, to save you the swim around the headland and get to the caves and overhangs quicker. You’ll miss a nice bit of the dive site though, so we only recommend this for the second dive and don’t recommend it if you’re in a drysuit or unfit, as the rocks here are quite sharp and slippery.
It’s quite a shallow site (maximum depth is about 10 metres) and it’s quite easy to navigate using natural features underwater. It’s shallow enough that you can always have a quick peak at the surface if you’re not 100% sure where you are!
If you pop in at Diving Adelaide, we’re happy to tell you where the latest sea dragon sightings were, to make your dragon search a bit easier!