SOUTHWEST AUSTRALIA - A Diving & Sailing Adventure
Travel with us to the opposite side of the world from the United States, down under, for this exciting sailing and diving adventure into beautiful southwest Australia - home to Koalas, Emus, and Kangaroos. We arrive in Perth the west coast capital and travel south-down the coast, diving along the way from Perth to Busselton, in this first of a two part series.
Join us as we board the 70' (21.3 meters) Tarquin, a Ferro/cement sailing vessel and sail down part of the coast line. Included in our visit are the cities of Perth, Rockingham, Fremantle and Busselton, where we dive the Busselton Jetty, a dock extending a mile out into the ocean, and tour the Swan shipwreck off shore.The 371' (113 meters) long decommissioned naval destroyer was scuttled in Geographe Bay off Dunsborough in 1997 and since then has become one of the most popular dive wreck sites in Australia.
Sitting in 115' (35 meters) of water and with a slight list, HMAS Swan Dive Wreck is truly a spectacular site. All kinds of fish and marine animals have made the wreck their home. You'll see schools of bulls eye fish in many of the ship's rooms, while King George whiting and brim swim around the hull. Samson fish, blue devil and sweep are also commonly seen.
We visit Rottnest Island home to the Quokkas. In the 17th century, Dutch explorers could well have been horrified to find giant rats on this island. They called it Rottnest meaning, "Rat's nest", a very unflattering name for a place now the nearest Holiday/vacation Island to Perth.
The Quokkas, who resemble tiny miniature kangaroos, are now protected, and it's the only place in the world in which they are found. We also dive and take a tour of Seal Island where we find beautiful swim-through arches and see the coral and vegetation below the ocean along with the unique fish of the region. View the countryside set to the traditional folk music only found in Australia. So, sit back and enjoy Southwest Australia from down under on this special edition of Dive Travel.