2m – 12m
Pope’s Eye is a man made basalt rock annulus. It is the foundation of what was to be an Island Fort built in the late 1880’s to protect the bay and the gold rich Victorian Gold fields of the time. Advances in weapons technology made the defense plan obsolete and the plan was never completed. However, this horse-shoe shaped artificial reef is now a Marine Reserve and the home of many species of fish including Morwong, Sea Sweep, Leather Jackets, Wrasses, Globe Fish and Yellowtail as well as invertebrates and algae, including one of the last kelp forests in the bay. It is also the summer breeding and roosting ground for the Australasian Gannet. The inside of Pope’s Eye provides a safe anchorage in 2-3 metres of water while outside, the rock wall extends to a depth of 12 metres. Whilst the best time to dive Pope’s Eye is on the start of the ebb tide, this dive site can usually be dived in any weather and current.