Scuba diving in Sydney: The ultimate guide
Jump into Sydney’s underworld and discover the magic just off the city’s shores.
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Sydney has underwater treasures just on its doorstep with dozens of dive sites near the city. Marine reserves help to protect the underwater creatures that you’ll encounter and the colourful coral that will surprise you.
There are plenty of options for diving in Sydney, and whether you’re just a beginner or an advanced diver, deciding which one to choose can be overwhelming. We’ve found the best deals and the top companies and are sharing all of the information with you so you can be in the water exploring what lies beneath in no time.
Where can I go scuba diving in Sydney?
- Darling Harbour (in Sea Life Sydney Aquarium)
- Botany (Sydney Safari Dive)
- Manly (Dive Centre Manly, Pro Dive)
- Ramsgate (Abyss Scuba Diving)
- Coogee (Pro Dive)
- Cronulla (Pro Dive)
- Bondi (Dive Centre Bondi)
- Alternating site (Geo Divers, Frog Dive Scuba Centres, Expedition Dive)
Our top picks
Best for price (cheapest): Sydney Guided Shore Dive, Sydney Dive Safari from Viator
- Prices from $79
- Closest shop to Sydney’s most popular dive site, Bare Island
- Single or double dives available
- Free transport included
Best for value (combo of good price, bonus extras, time in water etc): Try Scuba Diving Experience, Sydney Dive Safari from Viator
- Prices from $169, 3 hours
- No experience necessary
- Try scuba diving without the tests
- Instructor to student ratio is 1:4
Best for experience duration: PADI Open Water Course from Adrenaline
- 19.5 hours for total training
- Includes 4 open water dives
- Pool training sessions
- Internationally recognised PADI certification
Best for kids: PADI Seal Team for Kids from Adrenaline
- Available for kids 8 and up
- All equipment included
- Done in the safety of a swimming pool
- Underwater pool adventure that includes full instruction
Best for first timers: Sydney Open Water Diver Course, Pro Dive Sydney from Viator
- Learn to dive up to 18 metres
- 6:1 student to teacher ratio maximum
- Includes pool training and 4 open water dives
- Complete online training at your own pace
Best for experienced: scuba divers (only for scuba experiences) Sydney Guided Shore Dive, Sydney Dive Safari from Viator
- Single and double dives available
- Suitable for all divers as dives reach 18 metres maximum
- Multiple dive sites available
- Free transport included
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Scuba diving booking companies compared
|Company||Price||Location||Duration||Extras/inclusions||Suitable for||Book with|
|Sea Life Sydney||$269||Darling Harbour (in Sea Life Aquarium)||30 minutes (2.5 hours with training)||Theory class and scuba diving session included||Ages 14 and up, no experience necessary||RedBalloon|
|Sydney Dive Safari||$79||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Transport included, equipment available for hire||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Viator|
|Dive Centre Manly||Varies||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Includes dive guide and transport, equipment available for hire||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Dive Sydney|
|Abyss Scuba Diving||$149||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Equipment and boat not included||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Abyss|
|Pro Dive||$399||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Includes dive guide, equipment and transportation not included||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Viator|
|Dive Centre Bondi||$495||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Includes dive guide and transportation, equipment not included||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Dive Bondi|
|Expedition Dive||$250||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Includes dive guide, transportation, tanks and weights||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Expedition Dive|
|Frog Dive Scuba Centres||$450||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Includes dive guide, transportation and equipment not included||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Frog Dive|
|Geo Divers||$550||Multiple locations available||Varies based on dive||Equipment and dive guide included||No experience necessary (for certification courses)||Adrenaline|
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