Nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, Australia is known to divers around the world for its turquoise waters, coral reefs and the abundance of wildlife. Not to mention the ideal climate for diving all year round – it would be a shame to deprive yourself! If you are a fan of scuba diving and hold the relevant certificate, you will be spoiled for choice so here are 5 of the best diving spots in Australia.
Neptune Islands and the great white sharks
From Port Lincoln, Rodney Fox Shark Expedition is the only center in the world to offer cage diving with the great white shark to depths of 20m.
The cage can accommodate 3 divers and descends to the depths on the outskirts of Neptune islands. It is an incredible experience to be able to observe them in their natural environment whilst having the opportunity of an unforgettable face to face encounter with this fascinating animal.
This unique expedition also offers courses in biology and ecology for those wanting to heighten their knowledge of the marine eco-system.
Led by Professor Alessandro de Maddalena, a global shark expert, you can also learn more about the sharks’ behaviour and ask questions.
To book this incredible dive, visit the website: www.rodneyfox.com.au
Navy Pier, Western Australia
This dive is on the military base of the Navy Pier in Exmouth. As the base is still active, only a few companies are allowed to dive under very strict conditions. The site of Exmouth Navy Pier is renowned for its wealth of marine life. Giant groupers, nurse sharks, scorpionfish, moray eels, barracudas, nudibranchs plus many more varieties of fish can be observed here.
Diving here is easy as it is accessible by the shore and dives are in shallow waters of less than 10 meters. Making it the perfect diving place for novice divers who want to build their confidence.
For an even more unforgettable experience, opt for a night dive here as you will be treated to a whole new world below the waves.
The famous Great Barrier Reef
Located 60km off the coast of Queensland this treasure is a must for those wanting to go diving in Australia! The Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity to go diving on one of the 7 natural wonders in the world and explore a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the sea.
It is the largest marine park on the planet, made up of 900 islands and 2,900 coral reefs. In order to appreciate its beauty, opt for a “liveaboard dive trip” which will allow you to dive several times and explore different reefs.
You will likely find sea turtles, manta rays, groupers, dolphins, sharks and even whales for the lucky ones, as well as more than 400 species of coral.
There are several diving centres in the region, such as:
Manta rays at Lady Elliot island
Nicknamed “Home of the Manta Ray”, Lady Elliot Island is the perfect destination for swimming with these magnificent creatures. The island is accessible from the city of Bundaberg in Queensland. It has been part of the “green zone” since 2005 which means fishing is prohibited allowing marine life to thrive.
Manta rays are present all year round but flock during the winter months! Curious in nature, they will “dance” around you and leave you mesmerised!
With visibility over 20m, it is one of the best diving spots in Australia for a fully immersive, 360 ° experience!
From May to October, you will even have the chance to spot whales as they migrate during the cooler months.
You can find more information on all the diving spots offered on Lady Elliot island here: www.ladyelliot.com.au
Located off the coast of Brisbane, on the island of Moreton, you will find the Tangalooma Wrecks site which hosts 15 shipwrecks. You can get there via ferry which takes just 75 minutes from the city. Tangalooma means “where the fish meet” in the aboriginal language which is an apt title for this unusual place which has an underwater community composed of sumptuous corals and a hundred species of fish. It is also possible to spot dolphins and the lovable dugongs, tenderly nicknamed “sea cows”. This dive is accessible to beginners as well as experienced divers and will not fail in providing unforgettable memories.
After exploring under the sea, take advantage of your time on Moreton Island which is ranked 3rd largest sand island in the world. Dry off by exploring the dunes on a rented quad or surf them on a sandboard!
For more info: www.tangalooma.com
The practice of scuba diving is a wonderful activity however all divers should be aware of the necessary precautions :
- It is necessary to have a recognized diving certificate such as PADI or SSI. You can pass your Openwater diver diploma in just a few days.
- It is recommended to allow a gap of 18h before diving following a flight to allow your body to adjust.
- Book your dives only in approved centers
- Learn about the country’s climatic conditions and seasons
If you wish to pass your diving diploma in Australia there are numerous sites, such as: