Pilbara Dive and Tours is located in Karratha, Western Australia. Karratha which adjoins the Port of Dampier was established in 1968 to accommodate Hamersley Iron’s workforce. It has now grown to be the largest city in the Pilbara and has services to accommodate its size.
Karratha’s climate is warm and mostly dry. Summer temperatures can reach into the mid 40’s however winter temperatures are very pleasant with an average maximum temperature in the mid to high 20’s.
The Dampier Archipelago lies of the Pilbara coast west of Karratha and consists of 42 islands. With beautiful white sandy beaches and pristine coral reefs it is no surprise that a large and diverse range of marine animals can be found here. Between July and September Humpback whales are regularly seen and from September to April several species of turtles use the beaches to nest.
The Burrup Peninsula, a 15 minute drive from Karratha was once inhabited by the Yaburara people. Here you can view petroglyphs that can be dated back 20,000 years. The peninsula is recognised as one of the most prolific indigenous art sites in the world. Karratha in the local aboriginal language means “good country” or “soft earth”.
Pilbara Dive and Tours is owned and operated by PADI Dive Instructor Natalie Callanan. Natalie has been a passionate scuba diver for over 20 years. She first learned to dive in 1995 on the Great Barrier Reef and around its islands near Mackay, QLD. Within 2 years she gained many achievements and experiences as a recreational scuba diver and decided to further her love of diving by becoming a PADI Dive Master and working for Mackay Adventures Divers in the late 1990’s.
In early 2015 her family made the move from Australia’s east coast to Karratha, WA. These days if she isn’t training divers or guiding tours you will find her out exploring dive sites and taking photographs in and around the Dampier Archipelago or along the Pilbara coast.