Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you go diving from Karratha?
Just off the coast of Karratha is the Dampier Archipelago which consists of 42 coastal islands. Most of these islands are surrounded by fringing coral reefs which support a varied and an amazing number of marine life. Twenty-five of these islands are protected and make up part of the Dampier Archipelago Marine Park which in turn makes them one of Western Australia’s best diving and snorkeling spots.
What will I see?
On any boat trip in the Dampier Archipelago there is a good chance you will see bottle nosed dolphins, turtles and dugongs. From July to September Humpback Whales are often seen as they make their way north to breed and have their calves in the warmer waters. The archipelago is also home to 26 species of seabirds.
Under the water you will see pristine hard and soft corals, many different species of tropical fish, turtles, rays, eels, crayfish, nudibranchs, reef sharks, anemones, sea stars and much more.
What is the best time of year to go diving from Karratha?
The warm tropical waters off the Pilbara coast are ideal for diving all year round. The water temperature ranges between 21° to 29° Celsius (70° to 85°F) throughout the year.
What depths can I expect to dive to?
The shore diving in this area is relatively shallow, anywhere from 3m to 8m. This allows for long and relaxed diving amongst hard and soft corals. Expect to see many different species of fish, nudibranchs, crayfish, turtles, rays and more.
Diving in the Dampier Archipelago ranges from 5m to 30m.
Some of our best dive and snorkel sites are in the shallower waters amongst the fringing reefs that surround the islands. Coral requires sunlight to grow so the shallow archipelago waters are perfect for this and the proof is the pristine coral reefs that you will explore as well as the large variety of marine life that makes these reefs their home.
Our deeper dive sites offer overhangs, swim throughs, beautifully coloured soft corals, large schools of fish, reef sharks, rays and turtles.
Do I need my own equipment?
No. Pilbara Dive and Tours has a range of rental equipment that can be hired. Or if you would like to purchase gear please let us know and we can arrange a time for you to look at our range of products.
What if I have forgotten or lost my certification card? Can I still dive?
Yes, as long as evidence of certification can be provided eg log book or verification letter from your certifying dive company. If you are a PADI diver we can assist you with finding your credentials.