Dive Site Information around Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay
Expect to come face to face with charismatic fur seals and underwater dragons that sparkle like jewels. Take a safari through towering kelp beds and experience schools where fins and gills replace blackboards and books, and sunken maritime museums which showcase the precarious nature of the Peninsula’s pioneering past. If you Want to learn to dive in Melbourne Victoria we recommend that you call us and start your adventure today
About Scuba Diving Victoria
The Mornington Peninsula’s underwater wilderness rivals Australia’s northern coast for its colour, diversity and intriguing marine life. You could meet anything from sea stars to seals and dainty hula fish to dolphins as you snorkel or dive around rocky reefs, seagrass meadows, underwater forests and sponge gardens.
The 260km of coastline around the Mornington Peninsula and the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park offers you almost limitless opportunities to explore thousands of little underwater villages where more than 500 species and 1000 species of marine plants are at home.
So come and observe their fascinating lives and curious habits, by snorkelling off one of the dozens of beaches, taking a boat dive or scuba diving around some of the 60 wrecks which were victims of Port Phillip Bay’s notorious rip.
For novice divers, the Octopuses’ Garden at Rye Pier is a very rewarding place to start. This 200m long trail follows the pier, with big underwater signs pointing out some of the more unusual inhabitants. There’s a huge variety of sponges, fish, sea stars and rays – and watch out for the elusive pipefish, shy pygmy seahorses hiding in the seaweed and octopuses lurking in the sand.
Red Boats chartered Boat dives go to many prime locations including the Portsea Hole and Port Phillip Heads. Both have vertical walls whose extravagant marine decorations and diverse communities put them amongst Australia’s to wall dive locations. The Pope’s Eye, an artificial reef which was built in the 1880s has abundant marine life and is suited to less experienced divers.
Seals and dolphins are Port Phillip Bay’s most beloved marine characters, and you can slip into their communities on boat trips (wetsuits, masks and snorkels ) is all you need to experience the fun.