Bare Island is a small island, at about 16 km/9 mi in the south-east of Sydney's CBD (Central Business District). Bare Island is on the north side of Botany Bay and it is connected with a wooden bridge to the suburb of La Perouse. It is famous not only from the movie Mission Impossible II, but also from the number of dives that offers in the one site.
It is considered to be one of the Sydney’s best shore dives and it is very popular among photographers and marine enthousiasts. With an amazing marine life close to shore, Bare Island offers great spearfishing opportunities. The average depth here is at 10 m/32.8 ft and the maximum depth is at 15 m/49.2 ft.
Visibility is good and varies from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft long. Water temperature is up to 21°C/69.8°F in summer and early autumn months and between 14-18°C/57.2-64.4°F in winter. The site can be dived in almost all weather.
The marine life is abundant with lots of weedy sea dragons, grey nurse sharks, old wives, groupers, morwong, leatherjackets, goatfish, octopus and moray eels to name just a few. Bare Island is a place where you can see the rarer fish, such as pineapple fish and red Indian fish. Last but not least, it is a crowded site, especially during summer months.
Note: the ideal wetsuits for winter are 5mm and 3.5mm for summer. It is advisable to bring with you a flag, in order to avoid a boat accident.