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The Octopus Experience

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Come to the home of the Octopus!...  For those wishing to see our local octopus in their natural habitat, this Scuba Doctor Guided Dive is for you. We are incredibly lucky to have such a wide range of octopus that call our local piers home, including the Maori Octopus (second largest octopus in the world), Pale Octopus, Southern keeled Octopus, Sand Octopus and the world famous Blue Ringed Octopus. 

To maximise your chances of seeing Octopus we recommend booking the experience at night – get in touch with us today via to have any of your questions answered or to book your Octopus Experience.


The Fun Part

You'll be doing an open water dive in the pristine waters of one of the Mornington Peninsula’s incredible shore sites to search find and find a range of Octopus and Cephalopods! Bring your camera and spend time in water up close and personal with the different Octopus species and take a lifetime of memories with you – this tour is one of our most popular tours! 

The Octopus Experience is for divers of all levels, designed to assist you with applying what you know about Scuba Diving to the local environment via an exciting, relaxed and incredible dive with Octopus.


The Octopus Experience guided dive is particularly beneficial if you:
•    Are travelling to the Mornington Peninsula to see specific aquatic animals including Octopus
•    Are an underwater photographer.
•    Are a new diver to our area


What Separates Us

The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop has been host and provided guiding services to many world class film crews including National Geographic for 2 weeks in January 2022, and 3 weeks in March 2023 while they shot footage of the various octopus in the area for an upcoming documentary. 

Our dive professionals have grown up diving the Mornington Peninsula’s dive sites for many years and are regular divers, both professionally and recreationally. They have a wealth of knowledge on the sites and know where to go to maximise chances of finding those animals you really want to see.

Our staff are all experienced underwater photographers, so know how to and are able to assist you set up for those incredible once in a lifetime shots. We are also always happy to help with camera and photography related questions to ensure that you are ready to fire off those shots underwater. We find that if you are wanting those incredible shots that a guided dive is the way to go.


Tour Numbers

Once your booking is confirmed by us, we guarantee it will run (weather permitting) even if there is just one person (you) - this means there are never any cancellations due to minimum numbers not being met.
And of course, like our courses, tours are completed in smaller groups - max 4 divers, to allow you the best, up-close, experience available.

For more information, please about the guided dive experience, please see FAQs About Melbourne Diving.

What To Expect

Tours start with meeting your Professional Guide at the shop at 10:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. on your selected date and normally takes approximately 4 hours to complete.

You meet at our dive shop in Rye where a friendly and highly experienced guide will prep you with any hire gear you may need for the guided dive and to conduct a briefing on the dive, including objectives, dive plan and site overview. From there you will head to the dive site and begin your incredible underwater adventure on your Octopus Experience.

Our guides are naturals at finding Octopus at our favorite local sites, and will do their very best to maximise your chances of success for a sighting.

What If I Need Hire Gear

Everyone booking a guided dive has access to a discounted hire gear rate (hire gear can be selected through the Hire Gear Required dropdown box when booking) and includes our hire fleet of BCD, Cylinder, Regulator, SPG, Dive Computer, Weights and Wetsuit (5mm or 7mm available). 
See Scuba Equipment Rental for more details.
We can supply Mask, Snorkel, Boots, Dive Lights and Full Foot Fins, however having your own will make the experience more comfortable. 
Personal Dive Gear: If you have your own dive gear we recommend bringing it with you! Diving in your own gear that you are familiar and comfortable with will always enhance the diving experience. Our staff are also happy to discuss any possible gear purchases that you are considering on the day of your guided dive if you wish.


Octopus Experience Prerequisites

To participate in the Octopus Experience Dive you must:
•    Hold and be able to show us your certification as a Scuba Diver via an accepted Scuba Diving Agency
•    Be at least 12 years old.


Discover Local Diving Bookings

When you are ready to book, or if you would like anymore information please contact or call (03) 5985 1700 to confirm date options and securing your spot to dive with the incredible Seadragons – we will walk you through the booking steps if you require any assistance.
Once booked, we will contact you to confirm your dates as well as details on the day including what to bring with you on the day.
What are you waiting for? Book your guided dive today!

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