Have A Whale Of A Time At Melbourne’s Most Awesome Snorkelling Retreats

Wonderful things do surround you on the ocean floor, and it’s well worth exploring – even if there aren’t any hot crustacean bands (#LittleMermaid reference 😉 ). So find your flippers and head to one of these top spots around Melbourne for a fun day of snorkelling.

Image credit: Visit Melbourne
Image credit: Visit Melbourne

Portsea Pier, Mornington Peninsula

Stretching out over the top of the water, Portsea Pier is home to thousands of species of marine life. From fish to stingrays to weedy seadragons, there’s so much to see. However, the water can reach depths of five to six metres, so this is a spot for more advanced swimmers. If that sounds like you, just stroll down, gear up and leap off the pier to explore the sapphire waters below. Sounds like an awesome day to us!

Local hot spots:

Find a Local Business


Image credit: Airys Inlet.org
Image credit: Airys Inlet.org

Sunnymead Beach, Aireys Inlet

Known as the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Sunnymead Beach is a surprisingly quiet haven of watery fun. You can surf, sunbathe and (of course) snorkel your way to happiness, with loads to see amidst the craggy rocks and gorgeous reefs. We’d highly recommend the cliff-top walk while you’re there, too!

Local hot spots

Find a Local Business


melb_portphillipbay

Port Phillip Bay, Port Melbourne

You don’t have to stray far from the city to find a good spot to dive in. Port Phillip is the biggest bay in south Victoria, and it’s awesome for snorkelling. The range of marine life is breathtaking, with the kelp forests hiding hundreds of different species of fish. From seahorses to sponges to starfish, there’s no end to what you can see. Plus, it’s a great option for larger tour groups.

Local hot spots:

Find a Local Business


Image credit: Altona Beauty Blogspot
Image credit: Altona Beauty Blogspot

Altona Beach, Melbourne

Altona Beach has become quite a hot destination in recent years – and it’s not hard to see why. It’s got a beautiful foreshore, and the grand old pier is quite a sight as it stretches off into the distance. The waters are calm and teeming with life, so it’s perfect for a cheeky little snorkel. You can explore undersea caverns, swim with schools of fish, and keep an eye out for those weedy seadragons – all while enjoying the peace of the ocean.

Local hot spots:

Find a Local Business


Image credit: Tickets and Tours: Snorkelling Tours
Image credit: Tickets and Tours: Snorkelling Tours

Pope’s Eye

Our final stop dwells 5km north-east of Portsea, and it’s something of a local attraction. Pope’s Eye is a strange, horseshoe-shaped structure sticking right out of water, and was originally built as the foundation of a fort to defend Port Phillip. They never got very far with it, but it makes for a seriously cool snorkelling spot! It’s part of a marine reserve, so there’s tons of amazing creatures to discover. You may even get to see a fur seal or two!

Local hot spots:

Find a Local Business

 

You might also like More from author