Pier Dives Around Port Phillip Bay
Depth 3 – 10 meters
MorningtonPier is a popular and well-known scuba diver training with a large variety if fish life to see. The maximum depth is at 10m depending on the tide, and there are big schools of old wives and zebrafish, and very large to enormous stingrays that live in the area.
You will also see loads of seahorses, hulafish, octopus and cuttle fish.
Depth 1-5 meters
Dromana Pier lies in quiet shallow water, which means depending on the tide as you may have to do a side-roll entry. If you Snorkel directly straight out of the pier for about 200 meters you will come across the pylons of the old jetty. At the end of these pylons there are some rail wheels they are recovered in sea weed now but even now still recognisable.For the fish life you can see fiddlerrays, nudibranchs, leatherjackets, Sting rays, Bay trout and a whole lot more.
This is a nice short pier and can be great for training around.
Depth: 3 – 6 meters
Ryepier is arguably one of the most interesting and fascinating pier dives on the Mornington Peninsula. The native residents include three different species of seahorse, a few different varieties of octopus, incredible and wonderful soft corals and sponges.
There are Thousands of unique varieties of marine creatures including large Sting Rays blennies, goatfish, gurnards, flounder, flathead, nudibranchs and even the occasional Moreton Bay Bug. With all this activity and fish life it’s great dive and also a spectacular straightforward night dive, for all levels of scuba divers and snorkelers.
Don’t forget to take your digital under water camera’s for some great photography. There is also a small Ship Wreck just of to the right half way down the pier with some nice fish life around it.
The Rye pier is also home to Victoria’s first Underwater Marine Trail which is ideal for adults and children alike. Consisting of fourteen bright and easy to read signs that will show you some of the creatures pictures that call piers home!
Sorrento pier and Ferry Terminal
Depth 4 metres
The Sorrento Pier & Ferry Terminal can only be dived right after the last and final ferry has arrived from Queenscliff for the day. Make sure there is no more ferry coming as they can suck you in to there props from over 40 meters away. Local knowledge understanding is a must and should and should only be dived by experienced scuba divers due to strong currents that rip through the pier. You really want to dive this on slack water or as close to as possible.The underwater landscape is amazing with plenty of limestone boulders and crevices and is teaming with fish life such as trivially, zebrafish, groper, blue devils, old wives, sing rays cuttlefish and a monster Conger Eel.
Sorrento Pier and ferry terminal is a night divers haven. There is so much to see and a resident Seal Lives there and he loves to come say hi to you during your dive
Depth 3 – 8 metres
Portsea Pier is one of Victoria’s most famous shore dives.Positioned on the beach in Portsea’s Weroona Bay at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Portsea is one of the centres of Victorian diving due to the dive boats chartering from the pier. Portsea pier is a exceptionally outstanding dive for the novice and the experienced seasoned scuba diver, with new sights and creatures guaranteed pretty much every dive. The famous and often called rare Weedy Seadragons are frequently found, as are colonies of Cleaner Shrimps, rays, and a extensive variety of temperate marine fish.
Flinders Pier – Depth 3 – 5m Flinders Pier is Very famous for its Weedy Sea Dragon inhabitants and is ideally dived on the the high tide right after a small period of northerly winds.
Large schools of fish hang around lots of big black rays and the ocassianal eagle ray and sea turtles have been spotted there.
Flinders Pier is also a great Night dive with lots to offer as well as a very large resident octopus living inside an old engine block.