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