Portsea Back Beach Wall

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Abalone Dive Site Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site

Depth: 12 metres (39 feet) to 18 metres (59 feet)

Portsea Back Beach Wall is an area of scattered reef that lies just outside Port Phillip Heads in Bass Strait on the Point Nepean side. The sea life in this is area is prolific with Crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Sea Dragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.

The soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim throughs valleys and overhangs all topped off with a light scattering of kelp. This is a fantastic dive site for an avid fish photographer. This also near the area where Australian prime minister Harold Hold disappeared, so who knows what might be found here.

Divers have the opportunity to catch abalone at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, legal abalone tool, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, and abalone measure. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch abalone. See How to Catch Abalone for practical abalone hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor.

Latitude: 38° 20.787′ S   (38.34645° S / 38° 20′ 47.22″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.595′ E   (144.69325° E / 144° 41′ 35.7″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-10 02:08:49 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Toms Reef, 312 m, bearing 134°, SE
Depth: 12 to 18 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.

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