The waters off Kangaroo Island provide some of the best temperate-water diving in Australia.
Descending to 20-24 metres, walls of Gorgonia corals, red, orange and white sponges are impressive. To add to the kaleidoscope of colour are some equally magnificent fish: Blue Devil, Harlequin, Truncate coralfish and Boarfish. A spectacular sight is the elusive Leafy Sea-dragon that is endemic to these waters. Over 50 recorded shipwrecks have occurred around the Island's coastline, ranging from the 5,000-tonne freighter, Portland Maru, wrecked in 1935, to the 500-tonne sailing barque, Fides, wrecked in 1860. While not all of these wrecks are accessible, there are some opportunities to view part of the Island's tragic past. For more information on Kangaroo Island's Ship Wrecks, view the below PDF.
Ship Wrecks Trails (download PDF)
Although beaches are beautiful, there are some dangers associated with open ocean. Beware of rips and undertows. Seek advice from locals on current conditions. Shark attacks, although rare, have occurred in waters around the world and indeed around the Australian coastline. If diving, adhere to the usual diving rules. Advise someone of your whereabouts and dive with a 'buddy'.
Use common sense, and enjoy the Island's beautiful beaches.