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

Best for price (cheapest): Sydney Guided Shore Dive, Sydney Dive Safari from Viator

Highlights:

  • Prices from $79
  • Closest shop to Sydney’s most popular dive site, Bare Island
  • Single or double dives available
  • Free transport included
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Best for value (combo of good price, bonus extras, time in water etc): Try Scuba Diving Experience, Sydney Dive Safari

Best for value (combo of good price, bonus extras, time in water etc): Try Scuba Diving Experience, Sydney Dive Safari from Viator

Highlights:

  • Prices from $169, 3 hours
  • No experience necessary
  • Try scuba diving without the tests
  • Instructor to student ratio is 1:4
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Best for experience duration: PADI Open Water Course

Best for experience duration: PADI Open Water Course from Adrenaline

Highlights:

  • 19.5 hours for total training
  • Includes 4 open water dives
  • Pool training sessions
  • Internationally recognised PADI certification
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Best for kids: PADI Seal Team for Kids

Best for kids: PADI Seal Team for Kids from Adrenaline

Highlights:

  • Available for kids 8 and up
  • All equipment included
  • Done in the safety of a swimming pool
  • Underwater pool adventure that includes full instruction
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Best for first timers: Sydney Open Water Diver Course, Pro Dive Sydney

Best for first timers: Sydney Open Water Diver Course, Pro Dive Sydney from Viator

Highlights:

  • 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
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Best for experienced: scuba divers (only for scuba experiences) Sydney Guided Shore Dive, Sydney Dive Safari

Best for experienced: scuba divers (only for scuba experiences) Sydney Guided Shore Dive, Sydney Dive Safari from Viator

Highlights:

  • 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

CompanyPriceLocationDurationExtras/inclusionsSuitable forBook with
Sea Life Sydney$269Darling Harbour (in Sea Life Aquarium)30 minutes (2.5 hours with training)Theory class and scuba diving session includedAges 14 and up, no experience necessaryRedBalloon
Sydney Dive Safari$79Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveTransport included, equipment available for hireNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Viator
Dive Centre ManlyVariesMultiple locations availableVaries based on diveIncludes dive guide and transport, equipment available for hireNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Dive Sydney
Abyss Scuba Diving$149Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveEquipment and boat not includedNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Abyss
Pro Dive$399Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveIncludes dive guide, equipment and transportation not includedNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Viator
Dive Centre Bondi$495Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveIncludes dive guide and transportation, equipment not includedNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Dive Bondi
Expedition Dive$250Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveIncludes dive guide, transportation, tanks and weightsNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Expedition Dive
Frog Dive Scuba Centres$450Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveIncludes dive guide, transportation and equipment not includedNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Frog Dive
Geo Divers$550Multiple locations availableVaries based on diveEquipment and dive guide includedNo experience necessary (for certification courses)Adrenaline

Scuba diving in Sydney deals

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Up to 50% off Australia experiences

Available on select travel dates for activities including skydiving, hot air balloon flights, quad biking, scuba diving, whale watching, bridge climbing, abseiling, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Deal

Up to 27% off things to do in Cairns

Available on select travel dates for activities like driving experiences, scenic helicopter flights, bungy jumping, water rafting, scuba diving, skydiving and more.
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Up to 72% off things to do in Melbourne

Available on select dates and activities including bike tours, river cruises, scuba diving, skydiving, classes and more.
Deal

Up to 79% off things to do in Perth

Available on select dates and activities including scuba diving, sailing, surfing, classes and more.
Deal

Up to 10% off things to do in Cairns

Expires 31 Dec 2021
Available on select travel dates. Activities include getaways, zoo and animal interactions, scuba dive experiences and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Things to do in Byron Bay from $39

Available on select travel dates and activities including surf lessons, pony rides, whale watching cruises, scuba dives, tandem skydives and more. T&Cs apply.
Deal

Things to do in Byron Bay from $39

Available on select travel dates for activities like whale watching, skydiving, scuba diving and more. T&Cs apply.

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