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May 2024 Tours

Thu 30 May

Sea Dragon

  • 12:30 pm - Dobby's Sock 8-18m
    Queenscliff 1230 Portsea 1250
    Dobby's Sock 8-18m

    “Such a beautiful place, to be with friends. Dobby is happy to be with his friends”
    Local fisherman tales suggest a solid brass sock lies within the pages of a journal hidden beneath the waves. So the story goes, a diver who retrieves the sock will furthermore bequest the title of a “free elf”. Thorough exploration of the picturesque reef structures and close study of the beauty in the sponge-life and corals may lead the curious diver in the right direction. Others, may need to simply marvel at the Boarfish, Blue Devils and Port Jackson Sharks often seen hiding beneath the sites many ledges and overhangs.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Dobby's Sock 8-18m

Medusa 2

  • 9:30 am - Twin Bommies 12-18m
    EBB

    Queenscliff 0930 Portsea 0950
    Twin Bommies 12-18m

    Twin Bommies is exactly as its name would suggest, 2 large rock Bommies standing up off the 18 meter seabed just off Point Lonsdale outside of Port Phillip Bay. The Bommies have a large community of fish life and are covered in bright soft corals and sponges. A great dive with lots of photo opportunities, not to mention the odd crayfish or two.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Twin Bommies 12-18m
  • 12:30 pm - Boarfish Reef 8-22m
    Queenscliff 1230 Portsea 1250
    Boarfish Reef 8-22m

    Boarfish reef boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The reef, which lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale starts in approx. 10m of water and drops off to 22m in a system of caves drop-offs and overhangs. The reef provides a multitude of colour, plant and animal life. There are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, crayfish and of course Boarfish.

    Near the southern end of the reef, lies a large 4m Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef a large sponge garden extends for approx 400m

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


Boarfish Reef 8-22m

Fri 31 May

Medusa 2

  • 8:30 am - Portsea Back Beach Wall 17-18m
    EBB

    Queenscliff 0830 Portsea 0850

    Just outside port Phillip Heads on the Point Nepean Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 17 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more. The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic dive site for an avid fish photographer. This also near the area where Harold Hold disappeared so who knows what might be found here.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Portsea Back Beach Wall 17-18m
  • 11:30 am - Cray Dive & Scallop Drift (double dive) 8-28m
    Queenscliff 1130 Portsea 1150
    Cray Dive & Scallop Drift (double dive) 8-28m

    Join us for the crustaceans adventure! Slack water dive and a drift!

    Not into the catch?  No problem!  These sites are suitable for divers wanting to explore the beautiful lonsdale wall and drift down the bay.  There's something or everyone on this tour!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Cray Dive & Scallop Drift (double dive) 8-28m

Sat 1 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 7:30 am - Portsea Hole 12-33m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0730 Portsea 0750
    Portsea Hole 12-33m

    Portsea Hole is about 500m from the Portsea Pier and is a remnant of the old Yarra River. The top of the hole is 12m and to the north there is a vertical wall approximately 75m long which drops to sand at 27m, then into a sand bowl which bottoms at 33m. The wall comprises small overhangs which are home to a vast array of invertebrate life and fish, in particular the beautiful Blue Devil fish. On the top of the hole there are several rock Bommies which host hundreds of fish of many species. Portsea Hole is one of Victoria's premier dive sites.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Portsea Hole 12-33m
  • 10:30 am - Castle Rock 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 1030 Portsea 1050
    Castle Rock 12-20m

    Castle Rock is located outside the Port Phillip Heads. This beautiful bommie rises out of the sandy bottom from around 20m to around 12m at the top. The location makes for a great dive for everyone as there is heaps of ledges and splits and the bommie makes is easy to navigate, lack currents and have a fixed depth on the bottom.

    The rock is around 200m in circumference, has many overhangs, walls and swimthroughs, and can be circled several times in a dive. 

    It is a wonderful fish dive, with a wide variety of creatures from sea dragons to Port Jackson sharks to be found on and around the Rock. There is even a slim chance of a cray or two under the overhangs at the bottom.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Castle Rock 12-20m
Jim's Hole 16-23m

Medusa 2

  • 7:30 am - Hanging Gardens 20-60m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0730 Portsea 0750

    The Hanging Gardens dive site can be found on the southern side of Nepean Wall near The Rip, just outside The Heads of Port Phillip on the Point Nepean side. The site features ledges forming a wall starting around 20 metres and going down to 60 metres. The reef ledges are covered in kelp that hangs over them, hence the name Hanging Gardens.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 20


Hanging Gardens 20-60m
  • 10:30 am - Popes Eye 0-12m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 1030 Portsea 1050
    Popes Eye 0-12m

    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 1880's. This horseshoe shaped artificial reef is now a Marine Reserve and the home of many species of fish, invertebrates and algae, including large fronds of macro cysts kelp. The inside of Pope's Eye provides a safe anchorage in 2 meters of water while outside, the rock wall extends to a depth of 12 metes. While the best time to dive Pope's Eye is on the start of the ebb tide, it provides almost all weather, all current diving. You'll be sur to spot some Australian Fur Seals here too!!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


Popes Eye 0-12m
  • 1:45 pm - Easter Bommie 14-26m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1345 Portsea 1405
    Easter Bommie 14-26m

    A special treat just at the Northern end of the Lonsdale reef. No one really knows where the name originated, but everyone who has dived it knows it is a wonderful dive.

    With overhangs, aisles and ledges there is heaps of places for marine life to hide and for you to explore. The sandy bottom sourrounding the bommie gives you a max depth of 28m and the top lies in around 16-20m making it easy for all levels to have an enjoyable dive.

    At the base of the Bommie of around 27 meters with the sea bed covered in strange round rocks the size of cannonballs. You can follow the wall around to either the southeast or the southwest. Crayfish are abundant in the south east. Great dive lots of fish and lots of lovely soft corals and sponges.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 13


Easter Bommie 14-26m

Hermes

  • 8:15 am - Fawkner 44-46m (Ships Graveyard)
    Queenscliff 0815 Portsea 0835

    Fully booked
    Fawkner 44-46m (Ships Graveyard)

    The Fawkner shipwreck, which les in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard, was a sister vessel to the Batman. She was used as a self-propelled hopper barge, a gunship, a torpedeo boat tender, and a minesweep.

    The Fawkner's propeller is visible and you can still do penetration dives on some areas of the wreck. The bow of this colourful shipwreck has plenty of marine life to be seen. The boiler is situated just a few feet from the stern and the "strongback" is clearly visible as you track over the hopper towards the bow.

    Certification required: 45m

    Fully booked

Fawkner 44-46m (Ships Graveyard)
  • 1:45 pm - Boarfish Reef 8-22m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1345 Portsea 1405
    Boarfish Reef 8-22m

    Boarfish reef boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The reef, which lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale starts in approx. 10m of water and drops off to 22m in a system of caves drop-offs and overhangs. The reef provides a multitude of colour, plant and animal life. There are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, crayfish and of course Boarfish.

    Near the southern end of the reef, lies a large 4m Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef a large sponge garden extends for approx 400m

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


Boarfish Reef 8-22m

Sun 2 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 8:45 am - Artificial Reef Structure - Port Phillip Bay (28m)
    Queenscliff 0845 Portsea 0905
    Artificial Reef Structure - Port Phillip Bay (28m)

    An interesting new spot in Port Phillip Bay!  This Artificial Reef Structures deployed on the seabed will make for an adventurous dive.  A dive that will bring new things to see with each descent!  This dive is a must for those who are keen for something different and for those interested in marine science and conservation!  Share your photos with us so that we can track the progress of this amazing location!

    A bit more about the site........

    The Port Phillip Heads ‘Rip’ area located between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean is a hotspot to target yellowtail kingfish, a prized recreational sportfish. As such, condensed boat traffic presents a level of compromised safety to ships and recreational vessels particularly when recreational vessels typically fish within the only shipping channel used to access ports within Port Phillip.

    The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) has deployed a total of 16 artificial reef modules within four clusters at a depth of around 28 metres. Reef modules are durable, multi-dimensional, made from environmentally friendly cement and have a large surface area for colonisation of marine plants and animals. The artificial reef modules are a proven and stable design to attract yellowtail kingfish and improve marine life.

    To increase fishing opportunities for recreational anglers and to provide an alternative safer location away from dangerous shipping channels, the VFA has deployed the artificial reef structures approximately 800 m north-north east of Observatory Point within Port Phillip, 2.3 km east-north east of Point Nepean and 3.8 km north west of Portsea.

    The VFA worked closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to seek all relevant approvals and assessments for the kingfish reef. Marine and Coastal Act consent to deploy the reefs was granted by DELWP. DELWP also conducted its own independent risk assessment.

    The location of the kingfish reef was selected in consultation with DELWP and the Harbour Master of Port Phillip Bay. The Port of Melbourne and Victorian Ports Corporation were also consulted and are supportive of the location selected.

    https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/featured/old/kingfish-reefs-in-port-phillip

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 2


Artificial Reef Structure - Port Phillip Bay (28m)
  • 11:45 am - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1145 Portsea 1205
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 22


Scallop Drift 12m

Medusa 2

  • 8:45 am - The Grotto 12-24m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0845 Portsea 0905
    The Grotto 12-24m

    The Grotto is a reef dive located on the top of Lonsdale wall system that can only be accessed by boat. It gets its name from the many small caves and overhangs that make up the structure. With average depth of 12m the site gradually increases to a maximum depth of 24m. 

    This dive site is teeming with marine life: nudibranchs, boar fish, blue devil fish, cray fish, curious leather jackets and on occasion Port Jackson sharks snoozing in groups under rock ledges making this site a photographers paradise!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


The Grotto 12-24m
J4 Submarine (wreck dive) 26m

Hermes

  • 8:45 am - Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
    Queenscliff 0845 Portsea 0905
    Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

    HMAS Canberra:  The ex HMAS Canberra dive site lies in approximately 28 metres (92 feet) of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres (16 feet) below the surface at low tide. 

    Divers are able to access the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the junior mess mural, the captain's cabin, the bridge, galley, mess decks and operations room. These areas have been left as intact as possible to create additional interest for divers, plus nooks and crannies for creatures. Please note that this can make the dive more challenging.

    It is recommended that all divers first do an orientation dive on the ex HMAS Canberra Wreck/Reef to become familiar with the complexities of the Wreck before venturing into any compartments, regardless of their level of skill or experience.

    J4 Sub:  The stern of the J4 Submarine almost merges into the surrounding reef.  During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications. This makes the torpedo tubes easily accessible to scuba divers without penetration. The conning tower is intact and in excellent condition.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 9


Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
  • 1:15 pm - Lonsdale Arches 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 1315 Portsea 1335
    Lonsdale Arches 12-20m

    Discovered and named by one of the great local diving identities this dive site is spectacular.

    Approximately 1 kilometre from the Point Lonsdale Light and clear of the shipping channel, just outside Port Phillip Heads is an amazing area of Bommies or underwater rock formations. The strong current flow in this area has created a nutrient rich environment and subsequently prolific marine growth and the associated marine life. But it is the amazing rock formations that make this dive site special. This site has a couple of amazing swim throughs that are very safe easy to enter. 

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


Lonsdale Arches 12-20m

Fri 7 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 8:00 am - Paradise Wall 10-30 m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0800 Portsea 0820
    Paradise Wall 10-30 m

    Paradise Wall is located on the Lonsdale side of Port Phillip Heads and is a great dive site on Lonsdale Wall. It's the shallowest part of the wall with the drop-off starting in 10 or 12 metres of water. This makes the site a great beginning site for the less advanced diver as there are numerous overhangs to explore at relatively shallow depths. Each overhang supports a plethora of marine life for the diver to observe.

    While Paradise Wall starts with a couple of steps at shallow depths, it then drops away steeply into the depths. It's a magnificent spot with some fantastic caves down deeper. This has to be one of the best spots on the wall. An absolutely top-notch dive on territory no deeper than 30 metres. The fish life is always very good with large numbers of Southern Blue Devil about.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Paradise Wall 10-30 m
  • 11:00 am - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1100 Portsea 1120
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Scallop Drift 12m

Medusa 2

  • 8:00 am - Lonsdale Wall 12-38m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0800 Portsea 0820
    Lonsdale Wall 12-38m

    Located on the Lonsdale side of Port Phillip Heads, the Lonsdale Wall extends for 1km, therefore providing many different dives. The Wall is characterized by an almost vertical drop. As you descend there is a slight step-out every 6-9m and behind each step-out there is a huge overhang, which is easy to swim through. These overhangs support an enormous variety of fish including the spectacular Blue Devils, soft corals, sponges and other invertebrate life.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Lonsdale Wall 12-38m
  • 11:00 am - 18m Reef 12-18m
    Queenscliff 1100 Portsea 1120
    18m Reef 12-18m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads On the Point Lonsdale Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

    The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has
    eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic site for the avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


18m Reef 12-18m

Sat 8 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 8:45 am - Portsea Hole (12-33m) & Scallop Drift (12m)
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0845 Portsea 0905
    Portsea Hole (12-33m) & Scallop Drift (12m)

    A great double dive!!

    Portsea Hole is a popular dive site inside Port Phillip about 500 m (1,640 ft) to the North-East from Portsea Pier in a sunken remnant secion of the drowned valley of the Yarra River. The surrounding seabed marks the top of Portsea Hole at 12 m (39 ft) and to the North there is a vertical wall approximately 75 m (246 ft) long which drops to sand at 27 m (89 ft), then into a sand bowl which bottoms at 33 m (108 ft).

    Then its off to the scallop grounds for a drift dive - spider crabs and crustaceans galore (we hope!) Whether you're catching a feed or just along for the ride - a drift dive is a great adventure to round out the days diving!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Portsea Hole (12-33m) & Scallop Drift (12m)

Medusa 2

  • 8:45 am - Party Point 12-40m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0845 Portsea 0905
    Party Point 12-40m

    Party Point is an amazing section of the Lonsdale wall characterized by an almost verticle drop extending from a large point. There are sizable overhangs cascading down the wall which are easy to swim under and provide a home to the stunning variety of vibrant marine life found here. These include Blue Devils, colourful soft corals, sponges and other invertebrate life. The site is within the marine park so no fishing is permitted. Depth at the site ranges from 12m to 40m and provides a stunning dive for all levels of qualification.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 6


Party Point 12-40m
  • 11:45 am - Dragons Lair 10-16m
    Flood

    Queenscliff 1145 Portsea 1205
    Dragons Lair 10-16m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads on the Point Lonsdale side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more. The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim throughs valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp. This is a fantastic site for an avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 10


Dragons Lair 10-16m

Hermes

  • 8:45 am - Als Bommie 23-37m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0845 Portsea 0905

    Located inside the bay on the top North East section of the wall system, this large bommie rises from 40m to 22m with lots of other smaller scattered around it. Because it is located in the shipping channel this rarely dived site is teaming with marine life and a fantastic area for taking photographs. The bommie is covered in soft corals sponges and fans, with some overhanging ledges and small caves. It is outside the Marine Park and crayfish are known to be caught in the area. Other common fish species include the Southern Blue Devil, Magpie Morwong, Boarfish, schools of Pike and many others.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 16


Als Bommie 23-37m
  • 11:45 am - Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
    Queenscliff 1145 Portsea 1205
    Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

    Coogee:  The Coogee shipwreck lies approximately 4 km (2.49 mi) offshore between Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads with its bow pointed towards shore (facing north) on a flat limestone and sand seabed. The bow rests on the sand at 33 m (108 ft) and the stern is at 35 m (115 ft) depth. The bow and stern are the most complete structures of the wreck as most of the midships section is flattened or missing — most likely due to the use of explosives to scuttle the ship.

    J4 Sub:  

    The J4 Submarine (aka Shallow, 26 metre, 27 metre and 90 Foot Broken sub) is part of our very own piece of WWI maritime history, plus an exciting and awe-inspiring playground for divers and freedivers.

    The wreck of the J4 Submarine is located in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard, Bass Strait. It lies on its keel running North-South with its bow pointing out to sea on a rocky seabed.

    Certification required: Deep 39m

    Available: 10


Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

Sun 9 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 9:30 am - Captain Nitros Drop-off 16-60m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0930 Portsea 0950
    Captain Nitros Drop-off 16-60m

    The Drop-off is located on the western end of Spectacular Reef, and consists of a series of walls that plunge to over 60 meters in 5-10m increments. This makes it a great dive for all levels.

    Huge boulders the size of houses are scattered over the area, lying where the ancient Yarra River deposited them. Midwater, large fish can often be spotted as they make their way into the Bay and if you are lucky seals and dolphins are also occasional visitors.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 10


Captain Nitros Drop-off 16-60m
  • 12:30 pm - Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
    Queenscliff 1230 Portsea 1250
    Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

    HMAS Canberra:  The ex HMAS Canberra dive site lies in approximately 28 metres (92 feet) of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres (16 feet) below the surface at low tide. 

    Divers are able to access the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the junior mess mural, the captain's cabin, the bridge, galley, mess decks and operations room. These areas have been left as intact as possible to create additional interest for divers, plus nooks and crannies for creatures. Please note that this can make the dive more challenging.

    It is recommended that all divers first do an orientation dive on the ex HMAS Canberra Wreck/Reef to become familiar with the complexities of the Wreck before venturing into any compartments, regardless of their level of skill or experience.

    J4 Sub:  The stern of the J4 Submarine almost merges into the surrounding reef.  During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications. This makes the torpedo tubes easily accessible to scuba divers without penetration. The conning tower is intact and in excellent condition.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 20


Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

Medusa 2

  • 9:30 am - The Grotto (12-22m) & Dragons Lair (10-16m) Double Dive
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0930 Portsea 0950

    Join us on this exciting double dive visiting the Lonsdale wall & outer area of Port Phillip Heads!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


The Grotto (12-22m) & Dragons Lair (10-16m) Double Dive
  • 1:45 pm - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1345 Portsea 1405
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Scallop Drift 12m

Hermes

Freediving session inside the bay
  • 12:30 pm - Milora (Wreck) 38-40m
    Queenscliff 1230 Portsea 1250
    Milora (Wreck) 38-40m

    During the period 1913 to 1999 a total of 46 obsolete vessels have been systematically and purposely disposed of in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard. These vessels range in size from 50 tons to 3347 tons and include sailing ships, steam ships, dumb hopper barges, steam hopper barges, J-Class submarines, dredges, tugboats, a Paddle Steamer, and an RAN Attack Class Patrol Boat. Originally thought to be located in a single area, the Graveyard actually covers a 20-kilometre stretch of the Victorian coastline between Torquay and Port Phillip Heads with vessels dumped between 10 and 20 kilometers offshore.

    The Milora was a Steel screw steamer built in Williamstown Dockyard, Victoria, in 1921 as the Emita for the Commonwealth Government Line of Melbourne. Her overall length was 331ft, her beam was 47.9ft and her draught was 27.1ft giving her a displacement weight of 1919 tons.

    On September 21 1934, under the command of Captain E. Wrigley she was inward bound from Newcastle with coal when she ran ashore inside Port Phillip Heads near Queenscliff. She was refloated after most of her cargo had been unloaded and towards Williamstown. The tugs Tooronga, James Patterson and Eagle assisted. She was eventually sold for scrap and after dismantling was towed out to Bass Strait by the tug James Paterson and scuttled in the ships graveyard, off Port Philip heads, 8 March 1935.

    She now lies facing North/South (bow South) with a maximum depth of 40+ meters.

    Certification required: Deep 39m

    Available: 10


Milora (Wreck) 38-40m

Mon 10 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 10:15 am - The Grotto 12-24m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1015 Portsea 1035
    The Grotto 12-24m

    The Grotto is a reef dive located on the top of Lonsdale wall system that can only be accessed by boat. It gets its name from the many small caves and overhangs that make up the structure. With average depth of 12m the site gradually increases to a maximum depth of 24m. 

    This dive site is teeming with marine life: nudibranchs, boar fish, blue devil fish, cray fish, curious leather jackets and on occasion Port Jackson sharks snoozing in groups under rock ledges making this site a photographers paradise!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


The Grotto 12-24m
  • 1:15 pm - Dragons Lair 10-16m
    Queenscliff 1315 Portsea 1335
    Dragons Lair 10-16m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads on the Point Lonsdale side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more. The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim throughs valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp. This is a fantastic site for an avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Dragons Lair 10-16m

Medusa 2

  • 10:15 am - Scubabo Cliffs 10-40m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1015 Portsea 1035
    Scubabo Cliffs 10-40m

    In a land before time, Scubabo Cliffs was know as one of the most accessible points to access the beauty of the Lonsdale Wall. With an accessible entry depth for all certified divers to explore the glorious sponges and corals, immersed in epic fish life; we found were amazed to learn the ancient site shares the same name as our business…?


    A photographers dream, and a recreational divers paradise. 

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Scubabo Cliffs 10-40m
  • 1:15 pm - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1315 Portsea 1335
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Scallop Drift 12m

Hermes

Lonsdale Bommies (12-20m) & The Zoo (12-22m)
  • 1:00 pm - 18m Reef 12-18m
    Flood

    Queenscliff 1300 Portsea 1320
    18m Reef 12-18m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads On the Point Lonsdale Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

    The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has
    eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic site for the avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


18m Reef 12-18m

Fri 14 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 9:45 am - Castle Rock 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 0945 Portsea 1005
    Castle Rock 12-20m

    Castle Rock is located outside the Port Phillip Heads. This beautiful bommie rises out of the sandy bottom from around 20m to around 12m at the top. The location makes for a great dive for everyone as there is heaps of ledges and splits and the bommie makes is easy to navigate, lack currents and have a fixed depth on the bottom.

    The rock is around 200m in circumference, has many overhangs, walls and swimthroughs, and can be circled several times in a dive. 

    It is a wonderful fish dive, with a wide variety of creatures from sea dragons to Port Jackson sharks to be found on and around the Rock. There is even a slim chance of a cray or two under the overhangs at the bottom.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Castle Rock 12-20m
  • 12:45 pm - Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1245 Portsea 1305
    Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+

    One of the all time favorite wall dives. The steps goes from around 12m to 30m with amazing marinelife as the site is within a Marine Park. If you are certified to go deeper the site slopes down to 55m+

    This dive site have a wide variety of marine life and vibrant colours. It is a good spot to see Port Jackson sharks, Banjo sharks and big rays so keep your eyes open.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Devil's Dropoff 12-40m+

Medusa 2

  • 9:45 am - Popes Eye 0-12m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 0945 Portsea 1005
    Popes Eye 0-12m

    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 1880's. This horseshoe shaped artificial reef is now a Marine Reserve and the home of many species of fish, invertebrates and algae, including large fronds of macro cysts kelp. The inside of Pope's Eye provides a safe anchorage in 2 meters of water while outside, the rock wall extends to a depth of 12 metes. While the best time to dive Pope's Eye is on the start of the ebb tide, it provides almost all weather, all current diving. You'll be sur to spot some Australian Fur Seals here too!!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Popes Eye 0-12m
  • 12:45 pm - The Grotto 12-24m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1245 Portsea 1305
    The Grotto 12-24m

    The Grotto is a reef dive located on the top of Lonsdale wall system that can only be accessed by boat. It gets its name from the many small caves and overhangs that make up the structure. With average depth of 12m the site gradually increases to a maximum depth of 24m. 

    This dive site is teeming with marine life: nudibranchs, boar fish, blue devil fish, cray fish, curious leather jackets and on occasion Port Jackson sharks snoozing in groups under rock ledges making this site a photographers paradise!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


The Grotto 12-24m

Sat 15 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 7:30 am - The Zoo 12-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0730 Portsea 0750

    Zoo Reef is a dive site made popular by our own Geoff Rodda when he used to work as a dive charter boat captain. It's located near Boarfish Reef and The Grotto. The area is now most noted for being in the Sponge Gardens, with all the relevant draw cards for photographers, fish spotters and Crayfish hunters. The currents can run fast and strong, providing fresh nutrients for the marine life and because of this the area should be dived at slack water.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 22


The Zoo 12-22m
  • 10:30 am - Popes Eye 0-12m
    Queenscliff 1030 Portsea 1050
    Popes Eye 0-12m

    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 1880's. This horseshoe shaped artificial reef is now a Marine Reserve and the home of many species of fish, invertebrates and algae, including large fronds of macro cysts kelp. The inside of Pope's Eye provides a safe anchorage in 2 meters of water while outside, the rock wall extends to a depth of 12 metes. While the best time to dive Pope's Eye is on the start of the ebb tide, it provides almost all weather, all current diving. You'll be sur to spot some Australian Fur Seals here too!!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Popes Eye 0-12m
  • 1:30 pm - The Grotto 12-24m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1330 Portsea 1350
    The Grotto 12-24m

    The Grotto is a reef dive located on the top of Lonsdale wall system that can only be accessed by boat. It gets its name from the many small caves and overhangs that make up the structure. With average depth of 12m the site gradually increases to a maximum depth of 24m. 

    This dive site is teeming with marine life: nudibranchs, boar fish, blue devil fish, cray fish, curious leather jackets and on occasion Port Jackson sharks snoozing in groups under rock ledges making this site a photographers paradise!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


The Grotto 12-24m

Medusa 2

  • 7:30 am - Artificial Reef Structure - Port Phillip Bay (28m)
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0730 Portsea 0750
    Artificial Reef Structure - Port Phillip Bay (28m)

    An interesting new spot in Port Phillip Bay!  This Artificial Reef Structures deployed on the seabed will make for an adventurous dive.  A dive that will bring new things to see with each descent!  This dive is a must for those who are keen for something different and for those interested in marine science and conservation!  Share your photos with us so that we can track the progress of this amazing location!

    A bit more about the site........

    The Port Phillip Heads ‘Rip’ area located between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean is a hotspot to target yellowtail kingfish, a prized recreational sportfish. As such, condensed boat traffic presents a level of compromised safety to ships and recreational vessels particularly when recreational vessels typically fish within the only shipping channel used to access ports within Port Phillip.

    The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) has deployed a total of 16 artificial reef modules within four clusters at a depth of around 28 metres. Reef modules are durable, multi-dimensional, made from environmentally friendly cement and have a large surface area for colonisation of marine plants and animals. The artificial reef modules are a proven and stable design to attract yellowtail kingfish and improve marine life.

    To increase fishing opportunities for recreational anglers and to provide an alternative safer location away from dangerous shipping channels, the VFA has deployed the artificial reef structures approximately 800 m north-north east of Observatory Point within Port Phillip, 2.3 km east-north east of Point Nepean and 3.8 km north west of Portsea.

    The VFA worked closely with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to seek all relevant approvals and assessments for the kingfish reef. Marine and Coastal Act consent to deploy the reefs was granted by DELWP. DELWP also conducted its own independent risk assessment.

    The location of the kingfish reef was selected in consultation with DELWP and the Harbour Master of Port Phillip Bay. The Port of Melbourne and Victorian Ports Corporation were also consulted and are supportive of the location selected.

    https://vfa.vic.gov.au/recreational-fishing/featured/old/kingfish-reefs-in-port-phillip

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 20


Artificial Reef Structure - Port Phillip Bay (28m)
  • 10:30 am - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1030 Portsea 1050
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Scallop Drift 12m
  • 1:30 pm - Paradise Wall 10-30 m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 1330 Portsea 1350
    Paradise Wall 10-30 m

    Paradise Wall is located on the Lonsdale side of Port Phillip Heads and is a great dive site on Lonsdale Wall. It's the shallowest part of the wall with the drop-off starting in 10 or 12 metres of water. This makes the site a great beginning site for the less advanced diver as there are numerous overhangs to explore at relatively shallow depths. Each overhang supports a plethora of marine life for the diver to observe.

    While Paradise Wall starts with a couple of steps at shallow depths, it then drops away steeply into the depths. It's a magnificent spot with some fantastic caves down deeper. This has to be one of the best spots on the wall. An absolutely top-notch dive on territory no deeper than 30 metres. The fish life is always very good with large numbers of Southern Blue Devil about.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Paradise Wall 10-30 m

Hermes

  • 7:30 am - Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
    Queenscliff 0730 Portsea 0750
    Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

    HMAS Canberra:  The ex HMAS Canberra dive site lies in approximately 28 metres (92 feet) of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres (16 feet) below the surface at low tide. 

    Divers are able to access the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the junior mess mural, the captain's cabin, the bridge, galley, mess decks and operations room. These areas have been left as intact as possible to create additional interest for divers, plus nooks and crannies for creatures. Please note that this can make the dive more challenging.

    It is recommended that all divers first do an orientation dive on the ex HMAS Canberra Wreck/Reef to become familiar with the complexities of the Wreck before venturing into any compartments, regardless of their level of skill or experience.

    J4 Sub:  The stern of the J4 Submarine almost merges into the surrounding reef.  During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications. This makes the torpedo tubes easily accessible to scuba divers without penetration. The conning tower is intact and in excellent condition.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 16


Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
4 Hour Freediving tour in the bay

Sun 16 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 8:30 am - Boarfish Reef 8-22m + Pope's Eye 0-12m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0830 Portsea 0850
    Boarfish Reef 8-22m + Pope's Eye 0-12m

    Boarfish reef boasts all the colours of the rainbow. The reef, which lies approximately halfway between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale starts in approx. 10m of water and drops off to 22m in a system of caves drop-offs and overhangs. The reef provides a multitude of colour, plant and animal life. There are the spectacular Blue Devil fish, crayfish and of course Boarfish.

    Near the southern end of the reef, lies a large 4m Admiralty anchor encrusted with marine growth. On the northern tip of the reef a large sponge garden extends for approx 400m

    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 1880's. This horseshoe shaped artificial reef is now a Marine Reserve and the home of many species of fish, invertebrates and algae, including large fronds of macro cysts kelp. The inside of Pope's Eye provides a safe anchorage in 2 meters of water while outside, the rock wall extends to a depth of 12 metes. While the best time to dive Pope's Eye is on the start of the ebb tide, it provides almost all weather, all current diving.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 23


Boarfish Reef 8-22m + Pope's Eye 0-12m
  • 12:30 pm - 18m Reef 12-18m
    Queenscliff 1230 Portsea 1250
    18m Reef 12-18m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads On the Point Lonsdale Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

    The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has
    eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic site for the avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


18m Reef 12-18m

Medusa 2

  • 8:30 am - Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 18-22m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 0830 Portsea 0850
    Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 18-22m

    One of the few shipwrecks that are available for all levels of certified divers. As she sits just on the edge of the shipping channel this dive is only rarely diveable and you should consider yourself lucky if you get the opportunity to dive here!

    Built in Glasgow Scotland in 1874 for Samuel Ramsden of Melbourne and named after his wife she cost 10,000 pounds. She was a three masted iron barque, length 151 ft beam 27 ft and a gross tonnage of 415 tons.

    The vessel sunk in 1875 on her first voyage out of Melbourne when she struck Corsair rock on her way to Newcastle. The Eliza was abandoned without loss of life, but floated free overnight and slowly drifted back into the bay and sank where she now lies. Unfortunately she rests right on the edge of the shipping channel and posed a danger to vessels using the channel. For many years her masts remained above sea level and so she wasn’t a real danger until her masts finally collapsed in the 1960 and then she needed to be demolished with explosives.

    The vessel now lies upright in 14 metres to the top of the bow and around 20 metres at the stern, which is quite badly broken up however the donkey boiler is still visible. She sits on the seabed facing east west with her bow to the west.

    As this dive site is subject to shipping an alternative dive site may be selected if shipping is present.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 12


Eliza Ramsden (Wreck) 18-22m
  • 11:30 am - Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m
    Ebb

    Queenscliff 1130 Portsea 1150
    Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m

    Discovered and named by one of the great local diving identities this dive site is spectacular.

    Approximately 1 kilometre from the Point Lonsdale Light and clear of the shipping channel, just outside Port Phillip Heads is an amazing area of Bommies or underwater rock formations. The strong current flow in this area has created a nutrient rich environment and subsequently prolific marine growth and the associated marine life. But it is the amazing rock formations that make this dive site special. 

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Lonsdale Bommies 12-20m

Hermes

Ripbank 16-60m & J4 (26m)
  • 12:45 pm - Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m
    Queenscliff 1245 Portsea 1305
    Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m

    The ex-HMAS Canberra, a former warship which served the Australian Navy between 1981 and 2005, is the first artificial reef in Victoria created specifically for diving. The vessel was scuttled off Barwon Heads in October 2009 and now lies in 30 metres of water.

    Experience the thrill of diving in a shipwreck at the ex-HMAS Canberra. The dive site offers divers the opportunity to explore a large portion of the former Australian Navy ship. Swim over flight decks and through the bridge, engine rooms, galley and the accommodation quarters.

    The HMAS Canberra was the second of four FFG-7 Class Guided Missile Frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation Seattle, Washington, USA. The HMAS Canberra was commissioned on 21 March 1981 and de-commissioned on 12 November 2005.

    The vessel hull is constructed of steel and the superstructure is aluminium alloy. It has an overall length of 138.1 metres and a beam of 13.7 metres. In service, the height from keel to top of the mast was approximately 39 metres. Parts of the ship, including the gas turbine engines, rudder, missile launcher, a section of the mast and propeller were removed by the Navy, prior to it being prepared for use as a dive site.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 16


Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m

Thu 20 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 10:15 am - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1015 Portsea 1035
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Scallop Drift 12m
  • 1:15 pm - The Grotto 12-24m
    S/E

    Queenscliff 1315 Portsea 1335
    The Grotto 12-24m

    The Grotto is a reef dive located on the top of Lonsdale wall system that can only be accessed by boat. It gets its name from the many small caves and overhangs that make up the structure. With average depth of 12m the site gradually increases to a maximum depth of 24m. 

    This dive site is teeming with marine life: nudibranchs, boar fish, blue devil fish, cray fish, curious leather jackets and on occasion Port Jackson sharks snoozing in groups under rock ledges making this site a photographers paradise!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


The Grotto 12-24m

Medusa 2

  • 10:15 am - Dragons Lair 10-16m
    Flood

    Queenscliff 1015 Portsea 1035
    Dragons Lair 10-16m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads on the Point Lonsdale side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more. The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim throughs valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp. This is a fantastic site for an avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Dragons Lair 10-16m

Fri 21 Jun

Medusa 2

  • 9:00 am - Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m
    Queenscliff 0900 Portsea 0920
    Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m

    The ex-HMAS Canberra, a former warship which served the Australian Navy between 1981 and 2005, is the first artificial reef in Victoria created specifically for diving. The vessel was scuttled off Barwon Heads in October 2009 and now lies in 30 metres of water.

    Experience the thrill of diving in a shipwreck at the ex-HMAS Canberra. The dive site offers divers the opportunity to explore a large portion of the former Australian Navy ship. Swim over flight decks and through the bridge, engine rooms, galley and the accommodation quarters.

    The HMAS Canberra was the second of four FFG-7 Class Guided Missile Frigates built for the Royal Australian Navy by Todd Pacific Shipyards Corporation Seattle, Washington, USA. The HMAS Canberra was commissioned on 21 March 1981 and de-commissioned on 12 November 2005.

    The vessel hull is constructed of steel and the superstructure is aluminium alloy. It has an overall length of 138.1 metres and a beam of 13.7 metres. In service, the height from keel to top of the mast was approximately 39 metres. Parts of the ship, including the gas turbine engines, rudder, missile launcher, a section of the mast and propeller were removed by the Navy, prior to it being prepared for use as a dive site.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 20


Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m
  • 12:00 pm - 18m Reef 12-18m
    Queenscliff 1200 Portsea 1220
    18m Reef 12-18m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads On the Point Lonsdale Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

    The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has
    eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic site for the avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


18m Reef 12-18m

Sat 22 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 7:45 am - Portsea Hole 12-33m
    Queenscliff 0745 Portsea 0805
    Portsea Hole 12-33m

    Portsea Hole is about 500m from the Portsea Pier and is a remnant of the old Yarra River. The top of the hole is 12m and to the north there is a vertical wall approximately 75m long which drops to sand at 27m, then into a sand bowl which bottoms at 33m. The wall comprises small overhangs which are home to a vast array of invertebrate life and fish, in particular the beautiful Blue Devil fish. On the top of the hole there are several rock Bommies which host hundreds of fish of many species. Portsea Hole is one of Victoria's premier dive sites.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 18


Portsea Hole 12-33m
  • 10:45 am - Scallop Drift 12m
    Queenscliff 1045 Portsea 1105
    Scallop Drift 12m

    Yessiree it's Scallop time! Maybe you're a wrapped in prosciutto, baked in the oven kind of diver? Heck, even garlic butter with soft herbs in a fry-pan!? Or are you, that "chuck 'em on the barbie and eat 'em while they're hot!" kind of person?

    However you like your Scallops, you NEED to experience the fun and excitement of catching them yourself! Within a maximum depth of 12m, the Scallop Beds are at super accessible depth for all levels of certified diver. Bring your catch-bag, fishing licence, and a will to succeed, to dive into a fun-filled day on the Bay, followed by an even better afternoon in the kitchen! 

     

    Minimum certification Open Water 18m. Divers must carry an SMB. Limit of 100 per person or as otherwise dictated by VFA.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


Scallop Drift 12m
  • 1:45 pm - Dragons Lair 10-16m
    Queenscliff 1345 Portsea 1405
    Dragons Lair 10-16m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads on the Point Lonsdale side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more. The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim throughs valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp. This is a fantastic site for an avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Dragons Lair 10-16m

Medusa 2

  • 7:45 am - Kelp Beds Reef 8-23m
    Queenscliff 0745 Portsea 0805
    Kelp Beds Reef 8-23m

    Approx. midway between Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff is an area which is marked on Admiralty charts as the Kelp Beds. Here, large stalks of kelp used to extend up from a bottom of 15m to the surface where the fronds spread out to seemingly blanket areas of 50sq metres or more.

    The currents run fast and strong, providing the nutrients for the kelp growth and because of this the area should be dived at slack water

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Kelp Beds Reef 8-23m
  • 10:45 am - Popes Eye 0-12m
    Flood

    Queenscliff 1045 Portsea 1105
    Popes Eye 0-12m

    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 1880's. This horseshoe shaped artificial reef is now a Marine Reserve and the home of many species of fish, invertebrates and algae, including large fronds of macro cysts kelp. The inside of Pope's Eye provides a safe anchorage in 2 meters of water while outside, the rock wall extends to a depth of 12 metes. While the best time to dive Pope's Eye is on the start of the ebb tide, it provides almost all weather, all current diving. You'll be sur to spot some Australian Fur Seals here too!!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 18


Popes Eye 0-12m
  • 1:45 pm - 18m Reef 12-18m
    Queenscliff 1345 Portsea 1405
    18m Reef 12-18m

    Just outside port Phillip Heads On the Point Lonsdale Side is an area of scattered reef with depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters. The sea life in this is area is prolific with crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

    The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has
    eroded into lots of little swim through's, valleys and overhangs all topped off with alight scattering of kelp.

    This is a fantastic site for the avid fish spotter.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


18m Reef 12-18m

Hermes

Scubabo Cliffs (10-40m) & J4 Sub (26m)
  • 12:00 pm - Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
    Queenscliff 1200 Portsea 1220
    Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

    Coogee:  The Coogee shipwreck lies approximately 4 km (2.49 mi) offshore between Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads with its bow pointed towards shore (facing north) on a flat limestone and sand seabed. The bow rests on the sand at 33 m (108 ft) and the stern is at 35 m (115 ft) depth. The bow and stern are the most complete structures of the wreck as most of the midships section is flattened or missing — most likely due to the use of explosives to scuttle the ship.

    J4 Sub:  

    The J4 Submarine (aka Shallow, 26 metre, 27 metre and 90 Foot Broken sub) is part of our very own piece of WWI maritime history, plus an exciting and awe-inspiring playground for divers and freedivers.

    The wreck of the J4 Submarine is located in the Victorian Ships' Graveyard, Bass Strait. It lies on its keel running North-South with its bow pointing out to sea on a rocky seabed.

    Certification required: Deep 39m

    Available: 16


Coogee (Wreck) 28-35m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

Sun 23 Jun

Sea Dragon

  • 9:15 am - The Grotto 12-24m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0915 Portsea 0935
    The Grotto 12-24m

    The Grotto is a reef dive located on the top of Lonsdale wall system that can only be accessed by boat. It gets its name from the many small caves and overhangs that make up the structure. With average depth of 12m the site gradually increases to a maximum depth of 24m. 

    This dive site is teeming with marine life: nudibranchs, boar fish, blue devil fish, cray fish, curious leather jackets and on occasion Port Jackson sharks snoozing in groups under rock ledges making this site a photographers paradise!

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 24


The Grotto 12-24m
Freediving session inside the bay

Medusa 2

  • 9:15 am - Paradise Wall 10-30 m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0915 Portsea 0935
    Paradise Wall 10-30 m

    Paradise Wall is located on the Lonsdale side of Port Phillip Heads and is a great dive site on Lonsdale Wall. It's the shallowest part of the wall with the drop-off starting in 10 or 12 metres of water. This makes the site a great beginning site for the less advanced diver as there are numerous overhangs to explore at relatively shallow depths. Each overhang supports a plethora of marine life for the diver to observe.

    While Paradise Wall starts with a couple of steps at shallow depths, it then drops away steeply into the depths. It's a magnificent spot with some fantastic caves down deeper. This has to be one of the best spots on the wall. An absolutely top-notch dive on territory no deeper than 30 metres. The fish life is always very good with large numbers of Southern Blue Devil about.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 20


Paradise Wall 10-30 m
  • 12:15 pm - Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m
    Queenscliff 1215 Portsea 1235
    Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

    HMAS Canberra:  The ex HMAS Canberra dive site lies in approximately 28 metres (92 feet) of water, with the top of the mast about 5 metres (16 feet) below the surface at low tide. 

    Divers are able to access the superstructure of all decks. Highlights are the junior mess mural, the captain's cabin, the bridge, galley, mess decks and operations room. These areas have been left as intact as possible to create additional interest for divers, plus nooks and crannies for creatures. Please note that this can make the dive more challenging.

    It is recommended that all divers first do an orientation dive on the ex HMAS Canberra Wreck/Reef to become familiar with the complexities of the Wreck before venturing into any compartments, regardless of their level of skill or experience.

    J4 Sub:  The stern of the J4 Submarine almost merges into the surrounding reef.  During its scuttling the bow section broke off, exposing the forward torpedoes tubes and bow modifications. This makes the torpedo tubes easily accessible to scuba divers without penetration. The conning tower is intact and in excellent condition.

    Certification required: Advanced 30m

    Available: 11


Ex HMAS Canberra (Wreck) 18-30m, J4 Sub (Wreck) 26m

Hermes

  • 9:15 am - Portsea Hole 12-33m
    S/F

    Queenscliff 0915 Portsea 0935
    Portsea Hole 12-33m

    Portsea Hole is about 500m from the Portsea Pier and is a remnant of the old Yarra River. The top of the hole is 12m and to the north there is a vertical wall approximately 75m long which drops to sand at 27m, then into a sand bowl which bottoms at 33m. The wall comprises small overhangs which are home to a vast array of invertebrate life and fish, in particular the beautiful Blue Devil fish. On the top of the hole there are several rock Bommies which host hundreds of fish of many species. Portsea Hole is one of Victoria's premier dive sites.

    Certification required: Open Water 18m

    Available: 16


Portsea Hole 12-33m
  • 12:15 pm - Rotomahana (Wreck) 38-40m
    Queenscliff 1215 Portsea 1235
    Rotomahana (Wreck) 38-40m

    The SS Rotomahana was completed in 1879 in Scotland. Said to be the first steel hulled steamer in the world. With a clipper bow and graceful hull all that saw her referred her to as a handsome steamer. She served for many years on the Melbourne-New Zealand routes. After a period running between Melbourne and Tasmania she spent years languishing by the dock in Melbourne before being scuttled in her present home in 1928.

    Little other than the four massive boilers remain, although there are plenty of steel girders and other debris including the old bowsprit. Very limited penetration is possible, chiefly between and underneath the boilers. The depth means that one should be both experienced and well prepared before attempting to dive the Rotomahana. Short bottom times mean that you should concentrate on a section of the wreck, returning later to see more.

     

     

    Certification required: Deep 39m

    Available: 16


Rotomahana (Wreck) 38-40m

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