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Point Franklin Reef

Reef DiveReef Dive | Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site

Point Franklin Reef
Point Franklin Reef | © Phil Watson

Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 15 metres (49 feet)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Running out from Point Franklin near Portsea is a reef that reaches 15 metres in depth about 200 metres out from shore.

Franklin Point Reef is easily one of the most interesting and relatively east access dive sites you will find round the southern Mornington Peninsula area. Best dived on slack going to an ebb tide. This will allow for at least a 60 minute dive. When you feel the current head for shore. It is also possible to dive on slack for a flood tide but best to start at Portsea Pier and head towards the point. If you overshoot head for shore and exit at Shelley Beach.

There are at least three dive options to take:

  • First, just dive the point and even go down to the reported 15 metres depth at about 150 metres offshore;
  • Second, start the dive at Franklin Point, go out about 50 to 100 metres until you get to a set depth and then change course for the pier;
  • Third, start your dive anywhere along the beach, head out and return either to Portsea Pier, the point or back to the beach. This last option is probably the safest if diving the site the first time until you become familiar with it.

Remember to plan your dive with compass directions recorded first. Note that this is a high boat traffic area, particularly during the summer months, so always carry an SMB and launch it prior to surfacing. You can also carry a dive marker buoy.

Location: Portsea
MELWAY Ref: Page 156 E2

Ideal Conditions:
Best at slack water, but experienced divers often work out the tides and tidal flows and plan a drift dive. tide times for Point Franklin are about 30 minutes behind the Rip / Heads times.

Weather Required: This is an exposed site to any wind with a northerly component and best dived in southerly winds. This is a tide affected area so rguably dived best on slack going to an ebb tide. It's also possible to dive on slack going to a flood but requires more planning in case you're swept eastwards by the current.

See WillyWeather as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

Access: From Portsea Beach. There is also access from Shelley Beach to the east but requires walking down (and up) stairs. Note that the beach walk is tiring and is about 430 metres from the pier. Stop frequently and rest before entering the water.

Facilities: Carpark is unrestricted during May to November and is 2 or 4 hourly December to April. Showers and toilets (showers are warm unless it is a busy day and people have used up the hot water). Dive shops within walking distance so air is easily available. Few shops for eating. BBQ facilities.

Franklin Point Reef is just a 15 minute drive from The Scuba Doctor Dive Shop. Please drop in and catch up with us before and/or after your dive.

Latitude: 38° 19.104′ S   (38.318393° S / 38° 19′ 6.21″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.166′ E   (144.719436° E / 144° 43′ 9.97″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-30 06:51:27 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Pier East Reef, 252 m, bearing 302°, WNW
Depth: 1 to 15 m.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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