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The Rowley Shoals is a group of three atoll-like coral reefs south of the Timor Sea (Mermaid Reef, Clerke Reef aka Minstrel Shoal and Imperieuse Reef), about 260 km west of Broome on the northwestern Australian coast, on the edge of one of the widest continental shelves in the world. Each atoll covers an area of around 80 to 90 km² within the rim of the reef, including the lagoons, while the land areas are negligible. They belong to Western Australia. They all rise steeply from the surrounding ocean floor. To the northeast lie the Scott and Seringapatam Reefs which are located on the same undersea platform.
The group was named after Captain Rowley, who sighted Imperieuse Reef in 1800. It is believed that the Rowley Shoals reefs have been visited by fishermen from Indonesia, from at least the mid-18th century.
Clerke and Imperieuse Reefs form the Rowley Shoals Marine Park, declared in 1990 and extended in 2004. The park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) now known as the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) of Western Australia. The nearby Mermaid Reef Marine National Nature Reserve is managed by the Australian Nature Conservation Agency (ANCA) with the assistance of CALM.
Since about 1977 charter boats based from Broome began operating deep sea fishing and diving expeditions to the reefs and seas around. Since this time interest in the area has grown considerably and the Rowley Shoals has achieved a reputation for offering some of the best diving in Australia. The reefs are among the most remote and pristine marine areas in the world. Source: Wikipedia.org
Mermaid Reef, Cod hole, Silver City and Clerke Reef... Some of the best dive sites of WA region!
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|Dive sites (3)||Quality||Avg depth||Max depth||Experience||Dive type|
|Cod Hole||- / -||3 m||15 m||CMAS * / OW|
|Lively Shipwreck||- / -||10 m||20 m||CMAS * / OW|
|V in the Wall||- / -||20 m||26 m||CMAS ** / AOW|
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