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Ideal For Snorkelling Marine Park - No Fishing Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Wilsons Promontory

Sealers Cove
Sealers Cove

Depth: 2 m (6.56 ft) to 15 m (49 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Sealers Cove at Wilsons Promontory is a safe site suitable for scuba diving from a boat and snorkelling from the shore. It features small boulders gently sloping down to a sandy bottom at a depth of 15 metres.

Sealers Cove lies in the Wilsons Promontory Marine Park facing north-east into Bass Strait. It was named by George Bass in January 1798 because it was used by sealers.

Sealers Cove is a picturesque, circular cove bordered by 300 to 500 metre high forested headlands. The sandy beach is backed by a vegetated foredune, then the 1 to 2 km wide Sealers Swamp. The Sealers Cove walking track crosses the swamp to reach the southern end of the beach, where there is a camping area next to Sealers Creek. The beach sweeps around for 2 km, running south, then east in the southern corner. The southern end is sheltered by Horn Point and the low waves here allow extensive tidal flats to fill the corner. Up the beach, wave height increases to average almost 1 m. During higher wave events, a series of several equally spaced rips cut the northern bar.

Diving and Snorkelling at Sealers Cove

The Sealers Cove diving and snorkelling site is an easy and often sheltered site at the southern end of Sealers Cove out on the southern point. Along the southern side of the bay there is a fringing reef consisting of a gently sloping boulder field. The usual reef fish can be seen and there is some attractive marine invertebrate growths in the crevices. The site is known for its large populations of boarfish and leatherjackets. The location can get silty and is easily stirred up by bad weather.

Ideal Conditions: Sealers Cove is best dived with calm seas, no swell and no wind. Light offshore westerly to southerly winds may be acceptable. Avoid strong onshore north-easterly to easterly winds. See WillyWeather (Sealers Cove) 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.

Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country
Boon Wurrung / Bunurong country

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.


Sealers Cove Location Map

Latitude: 39° 1.049′ S   (39.017475° S / 39° 1′ 2.91″ S)
Longitude: 146° 26.714′ E   (146.445237° E / 146° 26′ 42.85″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2019-03-14 06:17:21 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-22 18:11:31 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Horn Point, 2,894 m, bearing 109°, ESE
Wilsons Promontory Marine Park.
Depth: 2 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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