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Diving

The magnificent Heads of Port Phillip Bay represent an internationally unique underwater environment. Its secret lies in its amazing bio-diversity.  It's ever amazing reefs and walls are brilliantly coloured in red, yellow, pink and purple soft corals mixing with Large Dish Sponges and bright red Sea Tulips. This allows a perfect home for Compound Ascidian's whilst Swimming Anemone's and Golf Ball Sponges lazily roll along with the current.  Bold yellow Zoanthidaes and Lace Bryozoans cover rocky outcrops and large Gorgonian corals stretch out to absorb the passing nutrients moving through the heads. All of this is gently draped in mystical Bull and Southern Kelps.

Spotted amongst it all divers commonly come across Weedy and Leafy Sea Dragons, Sea Horses, Cuttle Fish, Native Brittle, Feather and Biscuit Stars, Sea Urchins, Chitons, Fan Worms and once lived in shells.  A little higher of the sea floor and you'll encounter our unique Blue Devil Fish, Ornate and Shaw's Cowfish, Horseshoe, Pigmy, Toothbrush and Six Spined Leatherjackets, Scalyfins, Maori, Blue Throated, Rosy and Southern Wrasse's, Zebra fishes, Nannygai's, Silver Trevally, Sea Sweep, Senator Fish, Yellowtail Kingfish and many, many more. The heads also play host to a full time colony of Australian Fur Seals, Wild Bottlenose Dolphins and occasionally Humpback Whales. And as if that were not enough any divers looking for their own seafood basket can also collect Southern Crayfish, Abalone and Scallops* all commonly found in our waters.

Amongst all of the above we also have over 70 Shipwrecks that came to grief on the treacherous, and at that time not well known, coastline from the early days of settling the Victorian countryside. Now well known as "The Shipwreck Coast" divers can dive these wrecks and explore their fascinating remains. They present a rare snap shot in time of the history of the wreck as they capture what was happening at the moment before they succumbed and arrived at their final resting place. Divers are able to see these majestic wrecks up-close and observe their condition as well as see what they were carrying at the time. It's truly inspiring when you see the detail and craftsmanship in their early engineering design. One of the most fascinating aspects to wreck diving is observing what now resides on the wreck itself. All of the wrecks have become thriving new homes for many resident species of fish and plant life, some of which is only found in our local waters. Through diving these wrecks and researching their history we can help to better understand their significance and the roles that they played in early Australian history. In addition to the large number of wrecks there are also 6 J-Class Submarines, gifted to Australia form Great Britain, which made up Australia's first commitment to a Naval Submarine fleet. Fortunately for us divers, when they were retired these Subs were scuttled in the Ships Graveyard throughout the mid 1920's. They now represent an exceptional opportunity for wreck divers and are still remarkably well in tact despite their many years under the sea.

* Recreational Fishing Licenses are required to remove any critters form Victorian Waters. Bag limits, size limits and daily limits may apply so always remember to check first before you take anything.