The Links

Wall DiveWall Dive | Boat access

Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Slack Water Subject to Shipping

Depth: 16 metres (52 feet) to 60 metres (197 feet)

The Links is named for a massive anchor chain lost from the Japanese freighter the Ningan Maru in the late 1980s. The vessel suffered a steering failure just inside the Heads and with the strong incoming tide was quickly pushed towards the shoreline at Shortland's Bluff. The pilot gave the order to drop the anchor in order to prevent the vessel being driven ashore. Later when the problem was rectified the anchor chain had become fouled on the seabed and was unable to be recovered and was cut free.

Today the anchor chain hangs like a necklace draped over the wall and over Bommies as it drops from 18 metres to 60 metres at the bottom. The chain is now overgrown in beautiful sponges and is a fantastic sight.

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.


The Links Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.376′ S   (38.2896° S / 38° 17′ 22.56″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.272′ E   (144.637867° E / 144° 38′ 16.32″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-16 02:40:27 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Toms Cave, 24 m, bearing 242°, WSW
Depth: 18 to 60 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

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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