This is one of the most well known Tasmanian dive areas. Home to kelp forests and weedy sea dragons, the Tasman Peninsula is always a huge favourite with divers from all over. Because of it’s geographical shape, you can almost always be guaranteed a dive, whether it be in Waterfall Bay, Glen Bay, or Safety Cove. The peninsula also boasts the spectacular Cathedral Cave dive site, home to an incredible array of sea life.
Due to the geological formations of the surrounding cliffs and area, Waterfall Bay has been shaped by time to provide some spectacular caves and tunnels. One of the better known caves in this area is Cathedral Cave, a cave system starting at about 21 metres with a network of smaller caverns and tunnels. The invertebrate life supported in this cave system is delicate, and so the dive is not for beginners.
The Tasman Peninsula is famous for its Giant Kelp forests. Sites such as Waterfall Bay, Deep Glen Bay and Fortescue Bay area all accessible by boat, and are home to species such as the Weedy Sea Dragon, Sea Horses, invertebrates, and many types of fish. Depths range from approximately 7m – 27m. Due to the shape of the Tasman Peninsula, diving the kelp forests is not heavily dependant on which direction the wind blows.
Giant Kelp Forests
The SS Nord is a wreck lying in about 42metres of water. Originally built in 1900, the 289ft vessel sank on November 8, 1915 and is now a protected wreck. Brass fittings and crockery can still be seen on the wreck, hidden amongst vibrant life.
A dive of 40metres, the spectacular rock columns are home to an incredible variety of fish life such as Trumpeter and Butterfly Perch. Marine growth varies greatly on the great formations, creating an incredible deep dive, and some excellent photographic opportunities.
(Site still under construction of light flash company)
Safety cove a small cove on the way to Port Arthur. Being a rather shallow (4-7m) dive, and well sheltered, it is an ideal place to learn how to scuba dive. A small reef runs up the side of the beach, abounding with crayfish, abalone and fish life. Kelp and sea weeds cling to the rocks that are also covered with colourful marine growth. More experienced divers also enjoy this dive as an easy, relaxing dive in which there is lots to see. As the cove is so sheltered, it is also very rarely ‘undiveable’ due to weather.
Named after the white sands of its beaches, White Beach boasts a reef in reasonably shallow water. Great for both snorkelling and scuba diving, using led flashlight and exploring this lively marine structure is always interesting. There’s always in octopus hiding amongst the rocks, a cray peeping out from behind some kelp and a fish swimming curiously around you. Again, the waters of White Beach are fairly calm and sheltered, making for a relaxing dive.