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Sorrento Back Beach

Reef DiveReef Dive | Shore access

Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site

Sorrento Back Beach
Sorrento Back Beach | © Film Victoria

Depth: 2 metres (6.6 feet) to 20 metres (66 feet)

Level: Advanced Open Water and beyond

Ideal Conditions:
The sea needs to be flat with no swell.

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

What To Expect:

Out through Port Phillip Heads past Point Nepean to the south east lies the Sorrento Back Beach dive site. Although some of this area can be dived as a shore dive a lot can't. It's these areas we venture to by dive boat in order to explore the lovely reefs and rocky outcrops.

Crayfish Dive

The incredible ledges and overhangs here are usually a haven for Crayfish, snapper and other lovely edible and photogenic critters. A great dive when the seas are calm and the wind has blown from the north for a few days.

Sorrento Back Beach Shore Dives

The three main dive sites from the shore at Sorrento Back Beach are:

  1. the platforms by the headland,
  2. a reasonable snorkel southwards out to the areas around Darby Rock, or
  3. after a 10 to 15 minute walk around the coastline to the west, the enclosed gullies at Sphinx Rock.

The walk at Sorrento Back Beach is slightly easier then many of the other back beach dives. Though during the summer months it gets really busy as lots of families bring down the kids to swim in the large artificial rock pool. Go early to get a decent park!

Be sure to always take a dive flag and a knife. You might also want to take a catch bag down here too! Abalone and crayfish can be found here. Be sure to always carry the appropriate measuring device as the rangers have been known to join you in the water as well as wait on shore.

It is recommended to dive here the first time with someone who is familiar with the area and has dived here before. Be aware of the walks involved. It's not for the unfit!

Divers have the opportunity to catch crayfish (Southern Rock Lobster) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See How To Catch Crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor.

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.

Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any dive on the Back Beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. Please read the warnings on the web page Diving the Back Beaches before diving or snorkelling this site.

See also, Parks Victoria: Sorrento Back Beach.

Latitude: 38° 20.757′ S   (38.345956° S / 38° 20′ 45.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 43.619′ E   (144.726981° E / 144° 43′ 37.13″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-27 03:27:09 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: St Pauls Rock, 946 m, bearing 138°, SE
Depth: 6 to 20 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.



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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