Go Scuba diving with us
Our dive centre is just a few minutes from some of the best shore dives in Sydney! We are also just a short boat ride from some fantastic boat dive sites including wrecks, sponge gardens and reefs offering some unique experiences. Below are a sample of some of our favourite local dive sites. Let us take you there!Find a date
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Shore and night dives
Our guided shore dives are suitable for everyone from newly certified divers to the most seasoned underwater photographer.
Guided shore dives for certified divers (minimum age 12 years) run at 9am every day Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (additional dates through the Summer season). For non-certified divers we offer our Discover Scuba Dive experience. Just click here for more info.
- 1 Dive $145
- 2 Dives $165
- Discover Scuba Dive $245 (no experience necessary)
- Night Dive $145 (minimum requirement Advanced Open Water Diver)
Our shore dives include all equipment, dive guide and transport between the shop and dive siteBook now
Single and Double Boat dives
Our boat departs Manly each weekend for Double Guided Boat Dives. The dates and departure times can be found on our Dive Calendar. Other days can be booked by request (minimum 4 divers), contact us.
- Double Guided Dives with own gear $14o
- Double Guided Dives with tanks and weights $165
- Double Guided Dives with full equipment $225
Includes dive guide and transport between shop and Little Manly boat ramp
Minimum diving qualifications:
Our boat dive sites are colour coded to assist you with selecting the perfect dive for your skill level and safety.
Green* – Suitable for Open Water Divers with 10 logged dives.
Orange* – Sites up to 30 metres. Suitable for Advanced Open Water Divers.
Red* – Sites up to 30 metres. Suitable for Advanced Open Water Divers with Enriched Air Certification.
Black – Sites greater than 40 metres. Suitable for experienced Tec Divers.
* Diving experience in the last 6 months
* Experience diving in a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit.
If you do not meet the requirements for our boat dives or suffer from sea-sickness, a double guided shore dive in our local marine sanctuary is a fantastic alternative and offers some of the most diverse marine life in Sydney. Once you have completed a double shore dive with us and are familiar with our equipment and local conditions, then boat diving can be your next step.
Sydney dive sites
Shelly Beach – shore dive
The only beach on the east coast of Australia to face west, Shelly Beach occupies a scenic corner of Manly’s ocean beachfront. White sand and a natural reef of tumbled boulders and rocks descending to a maximum depth of 12 metres makes this one of Sydney’s premier shore diving sites.
BUPA Travel Insurance recently nominated it as a favourite place to go diving in, ‘Scuba Diving Adventures Around Australia’. To check out why click here.
The marine life includes regular sightings of Wobbegongs, Port Jackson Sharks, Dusky Whaler Sharks, large Eastern Blue Groper, Wrasse, Octopus, Cuttlefish, Squid, Kingfish, Porcupine Fish, Blennys, and much, much more. For beginners and experienced divers alike, a guided shore dive at Shelly Beach with Dive Centre Manly is an experience that will long be remembered.
Fairy Bower – shore dive
Situated between Manly Beach and Shelly Beach and part of the Cabbage Tree Bay marine reserve, Fairy Bower is one of Sydney’s most convenient dive sites. The depth ranges from 7 to about 10 metres and numerous species of marine life can be spotted here, such as Moray Eels, Wobbegong sharks, Port Jackson sharks, Fiddler Rays, Short-tailed Electric Rays, Colourful Nudibranchs as well as the resident Cuttlefish, Octopus, and Blue Gropers.
Lookout for the elusive Snake Eel popping its head out of the sand near the old pipes. Due to local council regulations we can only dive this site during the week.
This site can be dived any time except in strong N or NE winds or swells.
Fairlight – shore dive
Another relaxing shore dive, Fairlight boasts a wide range of resident sealife – Old wives, stripeys, leatherjackets, bream, sea pike and the ocassional Eagle Ray are all found here. Fairlight also has a huge variety of nudibranchs and exotic fish species so swim slowly and keep your eyes out for the unusual. An easy beach entry with a short surface swim will take you to the 5-7m drop off. Here you will find small overhangs, the wreck of a small fishing boat and some great gullys.
Being inside the harbour visibility ranges from 5 to 10 metres The maximum depth on this site is approx 12 metres at high tide. Fairlight is on of Sydney’s best night dives, all the critters come out to play.
This site can be dived anytime except during strong S of SE winds or swells.
Harbord – shore dive
Located next to Freshwater Pool, this is an excellent shore dive for the more experienced open water diver. The depth ranges from 8 to 14 metres with a terrain consisting of boulders, overhangs, crevices and sponges.
There are Wobbegong Sharks, huge Blue Gropers, Weedy Sea Dragons, Leatherjackets, occasional schools of Kingfish, Octopus and Morwongs.
This site can be treacherous with rough seas and a dangerous rip. Dive in W or NE winds and no swell, never attempt with a southerly wind or swell.
Trips to Harbord can be arranged on request. Bookings require a minimum of 4 divers with 30 dives each.
South Head Sponge Gardens – boat dive
The Sponge Gardens at South Head are a colourful mixture of sponges, sea fans, beautiful red gorgonians and fish of many species associated with Sydney Harbour. The dive location also has a number of interesting caves, drop-offs and large boulders. When diving, it is important to surface as close to the boat as possible when terminating the dive.
There are many sail and motor boats above, care should be taken and a surface marker buoy deployed if surfacing away from the boat. The dive site is safe if common sense prevails.
Old Mans Hat – boat dive
Old Mans Hat is situated inside Sydney Harbour on North Head coming towards Manly. A great dive, suitable for beginners the maximum depth is approximately 18 metres. Old Mans Hat is a rocky reef with colourful sponge gardens, walls and overhangs. You’ll find a range of nudibranchs, wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks, blue groper and schools of pomfrets.
Living in harmony with the gardens are many Blue and Brown Groper, Mosaic Leatherjackets and lots of schooling fish. Visibility ranges from 10-15 metres.
The Gap – boat dive
The Gap dive site is a fantastic deep wall dive. Depth of water ranges up to 23 metres. For the first 18 metres, the dive location is constructed of giant boulders. Beyond this depth to the sand line at 23 metres are numerous patches of kelp and colourful corals.
Larger fish inhabit the dive location such as pairs of Old Wives, Red Banded Sea Perch, Rosy Wrasse, one or two Blue-throated Wrasse as well as our unique Weedy Sea Dragons. Clarity of the water averages about 10 to 15 metres.
Inner & Outer Colours – boat dive
Two very interesting locations situated about a kilometre and a half offshore from the signal station at North Head. They are both about 30 metres in depth, boulder strewn with three different distinct drop offs, each one a little deeper than the other. There are small gullies, hideaways, caves and long trenches.
Both reefs have a good mixture of sea life. Fish are plentiful with most small southern species, along with a number of Six-banded Coral Fish, many different species of Leatherjackets, Wrasse, Old Wives, Black-banded Sea Perch, Red Gurnard, Scorpion fish, Rock Cod and lots of Sergeant Bakers. Millions of sea whips and white anemones decorate the deeper sections, whilst mid-range, the usual sponges, gorgonians and sea fans dominate. At times, both dive locations are subject to currents so exercise care not to surface away from the boat.
Waterfall – boat dive
This rocky sponge-covered reef runs from Outer North Head to Old Mans Hat. Food and shelter are plentiful for the many marine creatures of all colours, shapes and sizes that exist on this outstanding reef. Many brightly coloured sponges grow on this extended reef, and it is one of the most extensive undersea reefs along the Sydney Harbour shoreline. The beautiful natural sub-sea garden where red, green, grey and yellow sponges cover large boulders, cannot help but to astound the most critical diver.
Graceful sea fans sway back and forth in the gentle surge of harbour currents, organ pipe corals, large yellow barrel honeycomb and flat encrusting sponges decorate the reef in an amazing array of brilliant rainbow tones. The depth of Waterfall ranges from 7 metres down a boulder-strewn reef, to approximately 26 metres terminating at a sandy sea bed. The best time to dive the sponge gardens is when north to north east winds are blowing.
Outer Bluefish & Inner Bluefish Reef – boat dive
These two dive locations are close to one another and very similar in structure and fish life.
Outer Bluefish Reef is about 25 metres deep and its structural formation consists of large boulders, small drop offs, a number of small overhangs and swim throughs. Inner Bluefish Reef is a location dived generally when sea conditions are less than pleasant. It is tucked back behind a protruding headland and therefore protected from mild southerly winds.
Underwater, the reef is approximately 18 metres deep, and there are patches of kelp, small groups of sponges, large boulders and some small caves with loads of large fish, Wobbegong and Port Jackson Sharks.
General visibility at this site is approximately 5-10 metres. The location is seldom swept by currents because of its position; however a good, safe dive in southerly winds.
The Apartments – boat dive
A beautiful wall and valley dive situated off Long Reef.
Drop down to approximately 16 metres and follow the wall along before entering a valley swarming with pomfrets. As the pomfrets clear, you can see old wives, cuttlefish, nudibranchs and red rock cod at the main flat of this site at approximately 21 metres. This site also has a couple of beautiful swimthroughs decorated with colourful hard corals – one not to be missed.