Exmouth Point Murat Navy Pier

Australia, Western Australia
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Submitted By:
Jeroen de Vries, Ningaloo Reef Dreaming

Submitter Comments:
From the Exmouth Visitor's Center web site (link below) :
THE NAVY PIER RE-OPENS FOR DIVING
News Date: 1/07/2007
Closed since the 31st July 2006, the Navy Pier will be re opening for diving in July 2007. After a lengthy tender process, the Navy Pier, which is one of Australia's BEST TEN SHORE DIVES, will re open for certified divers. The successful tender was won by Ningaloo Reef Dreaming. To take a dive on this magnificent site please contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre for more information.

A dive on the pier, as described by Ningaloo Reef Dreaming:
After we pick up all the customers we will drive to our warehouse and meet at the briefing room. Here we will meet and greet and have coffee and tea and cookies! Yes, paperwork needs to be done, and then the Exmouth Navy Pier briefing. Once everyone knows what to do, with who and where and also what not to do and everything is clear, it is time to set up dive gear, including a safety sausage and compass for every diver. Time to drive to the Naval commander office for the key and correct passes, we are nearly there where we want to be, the water! A short site briefing, wetsuits on, kit up, buddy checks done and there we go! Unbelievable! The first thing we see is a large school of Barracuda, to the other side we see Batfish, large Cods and also a large school of Giant Trevally is swimming by. Well that is a start! We keep descending following one of the pylons of the Pier and we are surprised by all the coral we see, just fantastic. Coral trout, Snapper, Cods, Lion fish, you name it, we have seen them all. Then suddenly coming from behind one of the pylons appears a Queensland Groper, bigger than I am! Resting on a piece of the Pier structure is a Wobbegong Shark, just under the main Pier structure. We are heading South and challenge our buoyancy in between the pylons and Pier structure and on our way we welcome more coral with lots of Nudi Branches in all different colours, waving to us, fantastic macro opportunities-- this is a photographer's dream! White tip reef Sharks, Frog fish(es), and the Tawny Nurse Shark! There, an octopus is changing its colour and if we look up, all we can see are schooling fish. Time to go up and whilst we stay on the 5 meter mark we are surrounded by Trevally until we reach the surface. This was just unbelievable, now we know why the Exmouth navy Pier is rated amongst the top 10 shore dive sites in the world!!!! Warm Regards, Jeroen de Vries, Ningaloo Reef Dreaming (see link below)

Directions:
 The NorthWest Cape covers a huge area with the Ningaloo reef stretching 260 km from slightly north of Exmouth to Amherst Point, south of Coral Bay. Exmouth is a small town of approximately 2500 people and is situated 1270 km north of Perth.


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09/26/2008 Anonymous (Avg: 2.99 Review) - (No Comment)

06/17/2003 Heather Martin (Avg: 3.92 Review) - This was a great dive, Located on a private Navy base so you must dive with the local dive shop. Diving under the pier a bit difficult for beginners. Awesome fish! Hundreds of Trevally, Eels, turtles, reef sharks! Visibility is only good in early morning and late afternoon. Highly recommended. Many say the best dive on the West Coast.

05/11/2003 Mike Morrel (Avg: 3.87 Review) - The best dive I've ever done. Saw about 20 different types of fish, huge white tipped reef sharks, octopus, and anything else you might imagine on the perfect dive.


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*  Exmouth Visitor's Centre -- If you're looking for a holiday full of wonder with magnificent landscapes, pristine beaches and nature in all its glory, both in the water and on dry land, then look no further than Exmouth, Western Australia. The town was originally established to support the Communications base located at the North West Cape. While the base is still operating at a reduced capacity the town has reinvented itself as the gateway to Ningaloo reef making it a top tourism destination. Where else in the world can you snorkel with the majestic giant of the deep - the whale shark - then cruise up rugged gorges to spot native birds and animals as you can at Yardie creek. Meet the local wild emus that roam the streets of town or view the kangaroos trimming the green grass of the local ovals as the sun sets. At Exmouth you can simply don your mask and snorkel and swim out in shallow waters to see the parade of coloured coral on the Ningaloo Reef. Or if the lure of the big fish is your holiday dream, head offshore to net yourself a prized catch.
*  Ningaloo Reef Dreaming -- Ningaloo Reef Dreaming is the only operator to dive the Navy Pier, but we have created a booking system that benefits all operators and the Exmouth Visitor Centre (EVC) in particular. All the bookings go through the EVC, even our customers we book through the EVC. That means that the EVC gets her commission for every diver, resulting to benefit the Exmouth community Ningaloo Reef Dreaming voluntarily donates extra money per diver towardslocal groups.
*  Exmouth Dive Centre -- My name is Carl Murray, I work as a OWSI with Exmouth Dive Centre. The dive is still just as popular as ever and people from every corner of the globe come to dive it day or night.
*  Exmouth Navy Pier FAQ -- Information about the reopening of the Navy Pier to Shore Divers.


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Diver Averages for  Exmouth Point Murat Navy Pier  (1=worst, 5=best)


Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  2.67
Bottom Conditions:  4.00
Reef Conditions:  4.00
Animal Life:  5.00
Plant Life:  3.33
Facilities:  2.67
Solitude 1.67
Roads:  2.67
*Site Average:  3.60
   

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  1.67
Beginner Scuba:  3.33
Intermediate Scuba:  4.00
Advanced Scuba:  4.33
Night diving Scuba:  4.33

Number of reviews for this site: 3

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