Reef Dive | Shore access
Depth: 5 m (16 ft) to 18 m (59 ft)
Level: Open Water and beyond.
Norman Bay, South (aka Norman Point, North) is an interesting diving and snorkelling dive located near Tidal River, at the southern end of Norman Bay, on the northern side of Norman Point, and the western side of Wilsons Promontory. This dive site is suitable for both snorkelling from the shore and scuba diving from a dive boat. It has boulders sloping down to a sandy bottom at a depth of 18 metres.
Norman Point separates Norman Bay from Little Oberon Bay and lies in the Wilson Promontory Marine National Park. Norman Point and Norman Bay were named after Captain William Norman, who brought Sir Charles Hotham to Melbourne in his ship Queen of the South in 1854.
For a shore entry you walk from Tidal River to the south-eastern end of Norman Bay. Head out into the water from the Norman Bay Beach staying parallel to the rocks as you head towards Norman Point. It's a long walk in full scuba gear from the nearest car access point, so for scuba diving a dive boat entry is better.
This dive is about exploring the northern side of Norman Point. Underwater the rocks form many small caves and hollows before reaching sand a short distance from the shore. Be aware that there can be strong surge and currents away from the shoreline, especially at the tip of Norman Point.
There is plenty of fish life as well as small marine invertebrates.
Ideal Conditions: Norman Bay, South is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore north-easterly to south-easterly winds may be acceptable. Avoid diving with moderate to strong onshore south-westerly to north-westerly winds. Because of the sometimes strong currents, Norman Bay, South is best dived at slack water. See WillyWeather (Norman Point) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.
Bass Strait Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive in Bass Strait on Victoria's coastline. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-in-bass-strait before diving or snorkelling this site.
See also, Parks Victoria: Norman Beach.
This site lies in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, Victoria's largest marine sanctuary. There is a huge diversity of marine life within the waters at the Prom. Brilliantly coloured fish are present such as the Red Velvetfish, Eastern Blue Groper and Wrasse as well as Leafy Seadragons and schools of Barber Perch. Intertidal molluscs such as limpets and snails, as well as anemones, brittlestars and seastars, are also common within the waters.
Divers will experience fascinating sponge gardens which consist of a techni-coloured assemblage of sponges, sea tulips, sea whips, lace corals and seafans. Octopus emerge at night whilst sharks and rays roam the sandy areas.
The offshore islands support many colonies of fur seals and oceanic birds such as Little Penguins, Fairy Prions, Silver Gulls and Pacific Gulls.
You are not permitted to carry a spear gun while snorkelling or scuba diving in Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Boon Wurrung / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes parts of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-west, down to Wilson's Promontory in the south-east, including the Mornington Peninsula, French Island and Phillip Island, plus Western Port. We wish to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.
Norman Bay, South Location Map
Latitude: 39° 2.788′ S (39.046467° S / 39° 2′ 47.28″ S)
Longitude: 146° 19.251′ E (146.320858° E / 146° 19′ 15.09″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2019-03-14 11:36:50 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-23 19:45:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Norman Point, South, 744 m, bearing 168°, SSE
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park..
Depth: 5 to 18 m.
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