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Scuba diving in Melbourne and its surrounds

Plunge into Melbourne's best dive sites and discover an underwater world filled with sea dragons, octopuses, rays and seals.

Melbourne and its surrounds offer unique dive sites for the intrepid diver. Within the city you can dive at Melbourne Aquarium but step further outside and you'll find options in Portsea, Geelong, Queenscliff, Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island.

While it might be convenient to stay in the city, these alternate locations offer incredible marine experiences and allow you to swim among the HMAS Canberra shipwreck, Port Phillip Heads, Lonsdale Wall and Mushroom Reef, Port Danger and Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuaries.

We've found options that take you there and are perfect for advanced divers and those just testing the waters below.


Our top picks for scuba diving in Melbourne:

Best for small groups and iconic locations: PADI Discover Scuba Phillip Island, San Remo

Best for small groups and iconic locations: PADI Discover Scuba Phillip Island, San Remo from finder.com

Highlights:

  • Cost: $299
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Meet-up location: Marine Parade, San Remo
  • Diving location: Around Phillip Island
  • Suitable for: No experience necessary
  • More details: Available weekends only, maximum of four students per group

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Best for value: Shark Diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne

Best for value: Shark Diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $299
  • Duration: Dive is 25–30 minutes
  • Pick-up location: None, meet at aquarium
  • Diving location: Melbourne Aquarium
  • Suitable for: Ages 14+, no experience necessary
  • More details: Includes general admission to aquarium. Experience includes scuba training sessions and behind-the-scenes look at the aquarium. You'll get to swim with the resident grey nurse shark, blacktip reef sharks, largetooth sawfish, rays, groupers and more.

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Best for kids: Scuba Diving with Sea Dragons with Bayplay, Portsea

Best for kids: Scuba Diving with Sea Dragons with Bayplay, Portsea from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $195
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Meet-up location: Bayplay Adventure Tours, Portsea
  • Diving location: Port Phillip Bay to see the weedy sea dragons
  • Suitable for: Kids 12+ years, no experience necessary
  • More details: Family packages available starting from $699 for 2 adults and 2 kids

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Best for first-timers: PADI Open Water Course with Bayplay, Portsea

Best for first-timers: PADI Open Water Course with Bayplay, Portsea from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $695
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Meet-up location: Bayplay, Portsea
  • Diving location: Pool practice and Port Phillip Bay
  • Suitable for: xxx (age/experience)
  • More details: Learn to dive up to 18 metres over 2 days. Includes 4 open water dives and pool practice.

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Best for experienced divers: Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Course with Bayplay, Portsea

Best for experienced divers: Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Course with Bayplay, Portsea from RedBalloon

Highlights:

  • Cost: $595
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Meet-up location: Bayplay, Portsea
  • Diving location: 5 open water dives in the area
  • Suitable for: Must be PADI Open Water Diver certified
  • More details: All gear is supplied and experience includes a deep dive, night drive and choice of drift or wreck dive.

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Compare scuba diving experiences in and around Melbourne

We compare the above-mentioned options (and then some) by location, price, duration and extras to give a better idea of what you're setting yourself up for.

Diving companyLocationExperienceDurationIncludesSuitable forPrice (from)Book
Ocean Adventures Phillip IslandSan RemoPADI Discover Scuba Phillip Island3 hoursAll equipmentBeginners$199Finder
BayplayPortseaScuba Diving with Sea Dragons4 hoursAll scuba diving equipmentBeginners$155 (child) $195 (adult)RedBalloon
BayplayPortseaScuba Diving PADI Refresher Course4 hoursTheory knowledge review, confined water skills review, open water dive, all scuba diving equipmentCertified PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent$195RedBalloon
Melbourne AquariumMelbourneShark Diving at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium3 hoursAll equipment, general admission into the aquariumBeginners$299RedBalloon
BayplayPortseaPADI Open Water Course2 daysAll scuba diving equipmentBeginners$695RedBalloon
BayplayPortsea3-day Rescue Diver Course3 daysAll scuba diving equipmentCertified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent$595Gift It Now
BayplayPortsea2-day Advanced Open Water Scuba Diving Course2 daysAll scuba diving equipmentCertified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent$595Gift It Now
BayplayPortseaDivemaster Course3 daysAll scuba diving equipmentPADI Rescue Diver or equivalent$1,495Gift It Now

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