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    One Spot Reef
    As readers of this web site would know, over the past 20 years I have dived the whole section of coastline from Port Hacking south to Wattamolla. Apart from the regularly dived sites, the rest of the coast was covered by doing drift dives.

    While doing this, we discovered some excellent sites that we still dive today. Other parts were no very good and we have never again visited but others, we just never got around to going back and doing a "standalone" dive at what we found was an interesting site.

    In January 2010 we decided to dive a site that I had twice previously dived when doing a drift dive. This site is north of The Cutting North and south of Underwater Wilderness. I have named it One Spot Reef for reasons that will become apparent.

    To locate the reef, head south from Port Hacking towards The Balcony. Just before The Balcony is The Cutting and the northern side of the small bay that contains The Cutting has another site called The Cutting North. On the point of the headland is a site that I dived a couple of times in the 1990s and found very interesting. Go to GPS S34ΒΊ 05' 52.0" E151ΒΊ 09' 54.5" (using AUS66 as a datum - like all dive sites on this web site - see GPS page for details of what this means). Run in towards the reef and drop anchor in about 15 metres.

    Once you descend, you will see that the anchor is in an area where there are lots of boulders. Head east to the sand edge and follow this to the north. The depth here is about 21 metres. As you go, you will see some rocks off the main reef and a few overhangs. It should also be apparent already why I named this site One Spot Reef. There are thousands of one-spot pullers all over the reef. These fish seem to favour reefs that have lots of cracks and holes in which they rest on the rocks.

    Along the sand edge you may see some sea dragons and there is also a large bullray in the area. After about 15 minutes, turn to the west and come up a little. Head back south at about 17 to 18 metres. You will see lots of small caves and even some swim-throughs created by the large boulders.

    Other fish seen include lots of red morwong and yellowtail, as well as the occasional blue morwong. You should be able to see the boat or anchor as you head south. Go a bit further south and after about 30 or 35 minutes, go a bit shallower again and then head north. You should be at about 14 or 15 metres. Within five minutes you should again come across the boat or anchor.

    If you still have time or air, you can explore a bit to the west in the shallower water. As you can really only dive this site when the seas are calm, you should be able to get up in these areas.

    You will get about 50 minutes or so here on the bottom before you will run into deco, although this will happen a lot quicker if you stay down near the sand for longer than 20 to 25 minutes.

    This is a very good dive site, with some nice small gorgonias, lots of colourful sea squirts and sponges. Well worth doing.

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