Montague Island is a nature reserve 9km off the coast of Narooma, a coastal town 350km south of Sydney . Get close to nature with incredible opportunities to view flora and fauna like you’ve never seen before.
From Narooma you can get a boat to the island or do a day trip to see all the sites so you don’t miss anything. It’s much more cost effective to do a day trip as the only accommodation available is in the lighthouse which will set you back $3600 for two nights. A day trip will set you back about $100 and cover all the things you’ll want to see.
On the boat trip over to the island you might encounter pods of whales (Sept-Nov) or dolphins. There is a colony of Little Penguins that have made their home on Montague and spending a bit of time with these cute little critters is a definite must. You can even take a couple of days out to participate in the monitoring program of the penguins.
The diving here is one of the country’s best kept secrets. You can see some amazing things such as SEALS!!!! nurse sharks, whales, seals, dolphins, mantas, seals, turtles, seals, tropical fish, coral gardens, seals, swim throughs and a bubble cave, seals, more seals and did we mention SEALS!!!
The Seal Dive is the reason why people come to this area. You may encounter up to 600 of the curious creatures on a dive and they will want to play with you. Spinning and dancing around, sometimes coming right up to you and wanting a pat. Be aware that mothers can be very protective of their babies and it is best not to risk touching the little ones.
There are other dives in the area such as Bubble Cave , Neverfail Reef and Anghinish Rock but if you’re only going to do one dive in the area then I’m sure you’ll now know which one to pick!
Be sure to take a camera and an opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often and you’ll want to remember every minute of it! Enjoy your ‘sealy’ experience.
(By Kelly Luckman)