Diving & Snorkelling

Scuba diving or swim with dolphins

The Mornington Peninsula with its crystal clear waters, sandy shores and sheltered bays make it a safe and an ideal environment for the entire family to snorkel and see firsthand the magic, sheer diversity and colour that abounds. It’s safe to snorkel from Frankston right along to Portsea.

For those wanting to go a step further and truly immerse themselves, the Mornington Peninsula has a large variety of diving locations. From the novice to the more advanced diver experiences including popular pier diving, open water dives through to the more challenging wreck, wall and back beach dives. Whichever you choose you will blend effortlessly into the surroundings and become a silent witness to the magic of these waters.

The exciting aspect of diving and snorkelling in the waters of Mornington Peninsula is that every time you immerse yourself, you are guaranteed to see something new and spectacular. The change in seasons also bring with it new marine life to experience. In autumn thousands of spider crabs converged in the bay, while in spring and early summer you can be witness to male weedy seadragons carrying their precious eggs on their tails. You can bring your own gear, or join a snorkelling or diving tour with expert locals to show you the hidden secrets of this truly magical underwater area.

The Mornington Peninsula provides an ideal playground for the novice snorkellers through to the more adventurous scuba diver. Beginners can snorkel the 200-metre long Octopuses’ Garden trail with its underwater signs alongside Rye Pier. For added adventure try a night dive or snorkel, and witness the nocturnal sea animals that come out to play and feed when the sun goes down. All you need is an underwater torch and many creatures attracted by light will quickly emerge. Rye and Portsea pier are ideal to see intriguing creatures such as delicate dumpling squid, octopus and garfish.

Experienced scuba divers come here for the ultimate experience of a wreck dive: more than 60 shipwrecks lie here. Many of these vessels were claimed in the 19th century by the infamous and treacherous Rip at the entrance to Port Phillip, while others were scuttled to become artificial reefs that are magnets for new marine life. Take a diving safari through towering kelp beds, try the Pope’s Eye, an artificial reef built in the 1880s, or explore Chinaman’s Hat with its noisy population of animated fur seals, the Sorrento back beach or the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary at Flinders.

The Portsea Hole and Port Phillip Heads offer extraordinary vertical dive walls inhabited by bustling underwater communities.