If you are thinking to practice the diving in Melbourne, you will find an excellent variety of spaces to do it. This is the second biggest city of the country of Australia, it has two great bays and hundreds of diving sites to choose between reefs, wrecks and springs.
Melbourne is a great destiny to dive, especially technically, because it is gaining a lot of popularity with diving stores that offer you training and equipment for all the levels, from the basic level Nitrox to the advanced level (Trimix and Rebreathes). The city has so many other diving sites of wrecks in front of its coasts, with more than sixty shipwrecks in the XIX Century and four submarines sunk during the World War I around the Port Phillips Bay, but it has as well abundant marine life, with seahorses and soft corals. Port Phillips Heads is the home for the exceptional wall dives, which are the most spectaculars from Australia. It starts to a depth of 12 meters and of 90 meters going down.
Scuba diving near the coast
If you like to dive in the coast, you should go to Port Sea, Rye Piers or Mornington. Other area very popular indeed to practice diving along is the Great Ocean Road, which has the best diving sites, they have from algae gardens to 20 meters of high until very impressive caves and halls, which have plenty of marine life.
Diving on the coast of the West Head can be absolutely spectacular in a day with very good weather conditions. It is possible to find a great variety of caves and ditches, which there is so many algae, which travel between lobster, dogfish, starfish, abalone and weedfishs. Inside the caves you can find big amount of lobsters, sponges, gorgonians, sea bream, eighths, perch and dramatic blue octopus. Head to the Mornington Peninsula we can find and see “El Arco” which at only five or ten meters of depth you can see a large number of basins and gutters. It is very common, to see as well the rocks lobsters, blue devil fish, sweeping, cuttlefish, the leatherjackets, fiddler rays, Port Jackson sharks and a variety of invertebrates.
And if you go down to the spring, you could interact with a wonderful marine life all along. Traditionally the professional divers around the world always have considered that the stony corals are not typical of temperate waters. But in piles in the piers of these shallow water, is normal to find small colonies of coral Culicia Australiensis, they are so beautiful.
Best time for diving in Melbourne
The perfect months to dive are from November to May, because the sea is calm on this time so it is easier to have an excellent view within 10 to 20 meters of range. Days in a very good weather conditions, will let you have access to the rocks (no very deep waters), and you can take pictures of amazing treasures. The divers from all over the world can discover the most interesting and different ways of diving in the south of Australia. When you are diving you can have the chance to be “face to face” with giant lobsters, sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, toyed together gracefully.
Port Phillip, a bay of shipwrecks
In the narrow entrance of the Phillip Bay Port, many ships were wrecked in the last 200 years. The majority of the shipwrecks are fragmented, and there is other ones called “cemetery ships,” which were sunk around 1920, so when you go diving over here you can see a great variety of reefs, you will be very surprised. So many diving ships go to the coasts of the Mornington Peninsula, there you can find so many rocky land crammed in caves and tunnels where you can see at only five or fifteen meters of depth amazing marine animals such as the gorgonians, zoanthids, eels, blue, ochavos octopuses and cuttlefish.
In the shipwreck “Eliza Ramsden”, which was sunk in 1875, there is some chocos, leather jackets and so many other variety of invertebrate animals and all kind of species of fishes from the reef. The shrimp, crabs, sea squirts, octopuses and basket stars, swarming in the "Port Sea Hole", which is located in a “wall” that falls until 28 meters deep. In one word, in the coasts of Melbourne you can find all kind of diving sites and you can discover a great variety of so many marine species.
The entrance to Melbourne, has the rests of the HMAS Canberra, the first artificial reef in Victoria, it was created only for diving sports. You can always find places protected by others, for the diving as well, the snorkeling and the photography underwater.
We can say that an English submarine of almost 80 meters long “J5” and which is deep 25 meters, is the most popular for the diving activity. The divers can enter to the torpedo room and get to see a great variety of marine life. You need to be careful when you are trying to find Blue Ringed Octopus, because they have mortal toxins, which they use to hunt their prey. You must avoid to interact with them, because it is very dangerous.
Point Lonsdale is the rest place for many embarkations, which you can reach from the coasts when the waters are calm. The called “Lonsdale Wall” which falls until the 60 meters long, is covered by a dazzling and sedentary marine life.
Hundreds of species in the same area!
It is very common as well covered reefs by the seaweed, starfish, nudibranchs, sweeps, dogfish, Morwongs, perch and Stinggarees. Occasionally you can see the Australian eagle ray. And soft corals are common on the pylons of the piers. “Nepean Wall,” is located in the enter of the Port Phillip Port bay, you can really see a “wall” that fall to a 66 meters, where you can see so many caves and cornices. Further, it is possible to find a great number of big corals “brio zoos,” anemones, zoanthinds, nudibranqios, starfish and, from time to time, schools of pelagic fish. In this water only you can dive when it is calm. Along the big numbers of caves embedded in this wall, you can see lobsters, ochavos, the blue devilfish, sea spiders, perch and a great variety of species of reef fish swimming. In this waters there is so many species of leather jackets that grows more than 50 centimeters and they don’t grow in any other side of the world, you can find a lot of them and in all kind of them.