Dive Sites

There are many dive sites around Hideaway that are suitable for all levels of divers. Although many of these sites can be dived to 40 metres, the majority can be limited to 18 metres or less.

Here at Hideaway we adhere to certification levels i.e. Open water 18m (12m for 10/11 year olds)  Advanced 30m (21m for 12-14 year olds) and Deep 40m. If you wish to go past your current depth limit why not take the Advanced course or even Deep while you are here? We have 2 dive wrecks which were prepared and sunk in 2001 – these sit in around 25m of water, however the deck of the Bonzer sits at 18m, so it can be accessed by Open Water divers. Penetration is restricted to certified wreck divers, or divers undergoing wreck training.

For added safety, all dives are non-decompression dives and safety stops are made on every dive. Our Dive masters lead every dive to ensure you see the best of each site and to maintain safety standards.

Shore Diving
Oasis North

Directly in front of the dive shop is a huge variety of marine life scattered among an area of sand and silt, like a small Oasis in a desert. A great macro photography dive. Glass Fish, banded coral shrimp, octopus, crocodile fish, lionfish and the unusual bubble corals. Includes bommies right in front of the jetty – keep an eye out for the resident Mantis Shrimp.

This site is popular for a Refresher dive, DSD or night dive.

Max depth: 30m (12m for DSD

Oasis South

A selection of very interesting marine life scattered among an area of sand and rubble. A great macro photography dive. Everything from shrimps to octopus, crocodile fish, lionfish and the unusual leaf fish to a large moray eel. Includes bommies around the Post Office – don’t forget to mail a waterproof Postcard!

This site is popular for a Refresher dive, DSD or night dive.

Max depth: 12 – 15m

Drift Diving Back to the Beach
The Drop-Off

A vertical wall that drops off to around 90m. Features lots of fans at different depths and an unusual coral formation. Pelagics are occasionally spotted here. The top of the reef is home to a multitude of friendly fish, all waiting for that great photo shot. This dive profile can be as a deep dive over the wall or a relaxing 18m and less dive on the top side of the wall and reef.

This site is used for many of our snorkel safaris and is a regular site for night dives.

Max depth (Hideaway1): 18m
Max depth (The Wall): 30m+

Walter Shaw
(wall-to-shore)

One of our newest – a drift dive along the vertical wall that drops off to around 90m. Features lots of fans at different depths and an unusual coral formations on top of the reef. This is the longer drift dive back to shore, or it can be done as a deep dive followed by a casual swim on top of the reef. The top of the reef is home to a multitude of friendly fish, all waiting for that great photo shot. This dive profile can be as a deep dive over the wall or a relaxing 18m and less dive on the top side of the wall and reef.

This site is used for many of our snorkel safaris.

Max depth (Hideaway1): 18m
Max depth (The Wall): 30m +

Lions Den

Do you dare to enter the Lions Den? This dive is situated on the North Eastern side of Hideaway Island. A very relaxing sandy bottomed dive with some great little walls to explore and a fantastic selection of wildlife. Be prepared to encounter big bull rays, a host of different nudibranchs, butterflyfish, batfish, a beautiful array of soft corals and of course, lionfish, lionfish and more lionfish

Max Depth   20M

The Pinnacles

Located just off the southern tidal reef, this dive has Nudibranchs abound, along with a nice selection of tiny lace corals, sponges and some very colorful seasquirts. Although not prolific with hard corals and more of a scattered rocky reef dive, it still offers some great macro photo opportunities. Best taken slow and every overhang and underhang explored. Can be a drift to one of the nearby sites, or a casual dive through the gullies.

Max Depth  20M