29 Aug: Midweek Dive @ Port Hughes Jetty

By 22/09/2013Shore Dives

A dive at one of South Australia’s best scuba diving locations, the Yorke Peninsula!

Ron and I decided to take a couple of days off and explore and dive the Yorke Peninsula, one of our favourite dive and holiday locations.

We normally stay in Edithburgh, but we wanted to try something new and stayed in a nice little cottage in Wallaroo. With the weather being great on the 28th we went on a couple of walks, checked out the Port Hughes Jetty and decided we would go for one or two dives there.

While we enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Moonta Bay Hotel the weather was already blowing up a bit, and sure enough during the night I woke up from some storms passing by our house.
In the morning it turned out there had been a weather warning, but the weather did calm down a bit and we went out to check out the jetty. It was very grey and a bit choppy but since this was our only chance during our trip here to go on a dive and it still looked safe enough to go in, we decided to change into our dive gear!

Hopping in from the easy jetty stairs, we immediately discovered visibility wasn’t great, which would have been the result from the stormy weather. Even though the vis wasn’t great we had a nice dive and looked for the smaller things. We discovered a huge number of nudibranchs and found a couple of playful crabs. The decorator crabs always make me smile; they look so funny with those different disguises they snatch from the pylons or ocean floor! We had a fun dive, but are looking forward to enjoying another dive here when the weather is a bit better!

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  • mike swinbourne says:

    Port Hughes used to be a fabulous dive, but I think it lost a lot last year when they upgraded the pylons. They left a lot of waste from the construction under the jetty as well.

    I am sure it will improve over time, but it will take a few years to get all the growth on the new pylons.

    One great attraction of the dive is the pub right at the jetty. My wife and I always go there after diving. The $12 lunches are great value – try the crumbed flathead!

    • Denise says:

      Hi Mike,

      Thanks for your reply :) It’s always a shame when things like this happen and some of the marine life gets lost. But as you said, I’m confident it will regrow in time, and it’s still a nice dive. Thanks for the tip on the pub, we will certainly try it out next time!

      Cheers, Denise