Dive Site Spotlight – Voodoo
This is South Sydneys’ only black rated (hardest) shore dive. A 300m walk from the car park to the rock pool. Climb down the rocks and swim out in the channels between the boulders and you’re on your way. The swell must be less than 1m in order to dive this site! Many divers have experienced problems here trying to dive this site in less than ideal conditions. So please, talk to us at Pro Dive if you are in any doubt and we will let you know.
Best time to dive: High tide
Experience Level: Experienced
What can you expect to see: Typography of this site is crazy good! Swim-thorughs everywhere! Oh, and Grey Nurse Shark have been spotted here amongst the huge schools of fish.
Head towards the desalination plant in Kurnell, continue on down to the very end of the road which changes into a single track road with passing points. Carry on down the road to the car park at the end.
From the car park make your way down to the large rock pool, its really obvious. Walk out on the big flat rock and step off the edge into the rock pool. Time your swim to let the ebb of the wave pull you between the rocks.
Take a bearing of a roughly SW after you have swam for around 30m (there is a row of houses on Loftus street along the hill at Jibbon Point, take your compass bearing from these). The site always has a lot of surge, the first 5-7 minutes of the dive are at 3-5m so be prepared to move side to side, a lot.
Follow your heading out and you should quickly find yourself in a long gutter with a prominent wall on the either side. If any of you reading this have ever dived Longreef, parts of this site are very, VERY similar. Within 10 minutes further swimming you should arrive at the ‘cathedral’ – a rocky overhang that is connected at either end, you can lie down on your back and watch the white water break on the top of or continue on down to 15m where the huge schools of fish hang out with the Weedy’s, Cuttlefish and Sharks.
Whilst there are many other routes you can take at Voodoo, this site is extremely easy to get lost at. So following the route outlined in this post is your best bet as the Cathedral is the prime feature of this dive site.
Following your reciprocal heading back up the gutter and ascend when you reach the 4-5m mark. The rock pool will be very obvious, fin hard and let the waves push you in. Climb on to the flat rock and make your way out having completed South Sydney’s hardest shore dive!
This is a strong reminder not to dive this site if swell above 1m and dive with an experienced diver.