Idol Bay is located just West of
Latitude Rock and makes an excellent second dive. As a complex
rock reef system, there are plenty of opportunities to anchor a boat,
although be careful of some of the bommies that may come close to the
Jumping into Idol Bay for a second
dive, you can immediately see a mix of isolated and interconnected
bombora structures to explore. Idol Bay is a garden of rock
reef covered in colourful sponges and kelp beds. Hunting among
the various nooks and crannies reveals shrimp, muscles, nudibranchs
and moray eels.
Blue spotted stingrays are very common
on the clear sandy bottom between reef structures. Over the
sand you can also spot eagle rays, bull rays, yellow tail kingfish,
Idol Bay is shallow and so can be done
at your leisure.
There are so many bommies, gutters and
reef structures at Idol Bay it is pointless to give specific dive
plans. The best plan is to jump in, stick with your buddy, and
explore as many features as you can find, crossing the sandy areas to
reach new features.
If you are unable to find your way back
to the anchor line, do a blue water ascent, and do a mid water safety
stop using your computer or depth gauge.
Idol Bay is fairly well sheltered from
current and swell and can be done in most conditions.
Water temperature varies from 18 to 24 degrees.
Visibility can range from 7 to 25 meters.