Description: Deception bay is basically a large mud-pan with extensive Zostera seagrass beds and as such provides an excellent environment for juvenile fish and benthic invertebrate fauna. The best way to dive Deception bay is from the northern side- boat transport is essential as the gradient is quite low and a long surface swim suceptible to currents would otherwise be necessary.
Upon arriving in the area you will first notice clear water on the Zostera beds in approximately 1m of water- excellent for a snorkel. Notice the extensive infaunal organisms, thousands of dog whelks and sea hares. The best placxe to dive is approximately 500m to the south, where you will find in relatively shallow waters a rich variety of seagrass species and a large number of juvenile fish including Stripey and young stingrays.
It must be said, however, that whilst shallow, this dive is usually in poor visibility (1.5-2m) and therefore should only be attempted by divers with such previous experience. Be careful to stay away from the numerous buoys and markers which are used for underwater research and shipping.