Scuba Diving In Australia

Scuba Diving In Australia

Diving in Australia with box jelly fish

- Pete Niesen

Take a dive down under!

Australia’s boundless collection of marine life and various beautiful islands to explore will be an experience any passionate diver, advanced or beginner, will never forget.

Diving In Australia is truly the ultimate diving experience. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World can be found in Australia: The Great Barrier Reef. This attraction alone makes Australia one of the top countries in the world for divers.

You may also try Diving In Indonesia.

Check out 6 of the other major “must visit” diving sites in Australia:

1. Cairns and Port Douglas, Queensland

Abundant marine life mesmerizes divers and snorkelers making Cairns one of the top diving sites in the country.

Go about 50 km off shore and you will find the best dive site in Cairns. Gliding through crystal clear blue waters you can see unending coral or explore wall dives (bear in mind that the Australian boats that frequent this area are the only means to access this).

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2. Lizard Island, Queensland

Want a spectacular view of connected coral reefs? Then plan a dive in Lizard Island. You will come up close and personal with the park’s marine treasure haven.

In addition to all-day dive activities, there are also inland diving services that accommodate visitors and divers for an unforgettable diving experience.

Diving in Australia in long reefs and corals

A diver viewing variety of colorful corals in Australia - Credit: Debra James

3. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

Found about 770km northeast of Sydney, Australia, Lord Howe Island is one of the most dazzling islands in the world.

Lord Howe Island brags of abundant inland wildlife and plants. In fact 2/3 of its area is covered with beautiful natural forests.

4. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Kangaroo Island is considered the 3rd largest island in Australia. It is quite well known around the world as one of the ultimate diver’s paradise.

Its picture-perfect waters, abundant sea life and spooky shipwrecks are among its top attractions for divers and snorkelers.

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Diving in Australia at Great Barrier Reef

A whitetip reef shark swims the Great Barrier Reef - Credit: Pete Niesen

5. Esperance, West Australia

Esperance is a diver’s dream and is also a perfect getaway for the locals as well as tourists from across the world. The smooth beaches with electrifying blue water are regarded as the very best in the world.

The Rechereche Archipelago, an attractive stretch of islands, is located near the town’s coast. This is a wonderful place to snorkel alongside sea dragons, sea lions, and dolphins.

Here's our Full Snorkel Guide

 6. Albany, West Australia

This diving paradise is found between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence. Divers and tourists must check out the marine life on display in Albany, West Australia.

Divers can snorkel surrounded by whale sharks and turtles.

Love the idea of diving down to see shipwreck sites? They are common in Albany. In fact the naval ship HMAS Perth was intentionally submerged in November 24, 2001 to simulate an actual wreck site for divers to experience.

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Diving in Australia around whale sharks

A giant whale shark in Western Australia - Credit: Fred Kamphues

What about you!

Australia is best known by diving enthusiasts as one of the greatest diving sites in the world. Every year masses of people from all around the world come to visit Australia’s great landscapes and beautiful diving sites. Guaranteed…just one visit to Australia will not be enough!

Have you ever dived in Australia? Tell us your diving experience from Australia or tell us about your favorite dive Australian dive spot!

About The Author

Torben Lonne

Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand – and dived most of his life in most of the world.

He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of you can always catch him here [email protected]


  1. George Johnson

    I have a question about ALBANY, WEST AUSTRALIA
    You write This diving paradise is found between the hills of Mount Melville and Mount Clarence.
    Does this mean that it’s a mountain lake?

    • Torben

      Hi George,

      No, sorry, it’s the coast between the two mountains. But still great diving for sure. Are you planning a trip to Australia?

  2. Campervan Rental Australia

    Australia is one of the greatest destinations to see in the world. Australia has lots of beautiful tourism sights for visitors. You have shared here many interesting information about locations which are most popular in Australia for travelers. Thank you so much for that.

  3. Smith

    Lizard Island is my favorite one island.
    Last month i visited the Australia with friends and really great fun and this is very beautiful country to see.

  4. Gary

    Agree with the sites you’ve mentioned here but feel one of the very best sites has missed out.
    South West Rocks on the north coast of New South Wales is an awesome place to dive. Fish Rock Cave is an extraordinary dive. The area is home to resident Grey Nurse sharks that are used to divers and will swim within a metre of you if you are calm.
    Add to that the plethora of different sea-life you are likely to encounter makes it an amazing dive.

  5. jack


  6. jack

    Was just up there from Perth and saw whale sharks, whales,dugongs,heaps of turtles, sharks,mantas etc etc and huge amounts of fish…try exmouth navy pier.. Awesome

  7. Sharon Swanson

    There are so many amazing places to dive in Australia – Port Phillip Bay in Victoria has some terrific and unexpected sights. South Channel Fort and Pope’s Eye are terrific, as is diving with the seals at the channel markers. In South Australia, around Mt Gambier is about 30 caves that are dive-worthy. You can dive Ewans Ponds with just an OW. Piccaninny Ponds is a 50 meter fresh water cave dive, covering several acres. You need a Cat2 Cave Diving Cert to enter into the caves. Spectacular!


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