Sorrento Pier

Pier DivePier Dive | Shore access

Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated

Depth: 1 metre (3.3 feet) to 7 metres (23 feet)

One of the best night dives in Melbourne.

Sorrento Pier
Sorrento Pier
© Mornington Peninsula
Regional Tourism

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Ideal Conditions:
You're going to want to dive here as close to slack water as possible because of how close Sorrento Pier is to a channel. It gets quite a lot of current. The dive site is very prone to strong currents, so plan ahead.

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

What To Expect:
Wait until the ferry stops for the day (usually 8:30 pm), then head straight out from where the ferry docks. You can dive under the pier but your likely to find the most interesting stuff on the pylons of the ferry terminal. That's why it's a must to make sure all the ferries have finished for the day!

Not often dived because of the restrictions and conditions required, but well worth it if you can get there for the night dive!

You need a permit to dive off the pier so it's a good idea to do a shore entry. You'll find weedy sea-dragons and great macro life also large Colony of Sponges over the pier's pylons. You may come across some old wives, flat head, squid, sometimes an eel and plenty of nudibranchs.

Built in 1870, Sorrento Pier is located on the Mornington Peninsula at the western end of Sorrento Front Beach under the rocky outcrop known as Policemans Point.

You may also find old bottles here. It is quite popular for divers to forage here for marble ones. Because of the sand movement and the ferry it often uncovers more bottles. Sorrento Pier was once popular with old bay steamers and visitors who would drop and throw empties from the pier. A good area to find bottles is often east of the ferry terminal.

There is a large car park here which makes it easy to get a park in winter. Ii's always busy in summer. There is a large range of cafes and pubs on the main street of Sorrento and public toilets in the car park.

Sorrento Pier 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° 20.141′ S   (38.335677° S / 38° 20′ 8.44″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.753′ E   (144.745887° E / 144° 44′ 45.19″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-05 06:02:04 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Sorrento Boat Moorings, 262 m, bearing 323°, NW
Depth: 1 to 7 m.

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