The Pinnacles

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Crayfish Dive Site Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site

Depth: 9 metres (30 feet) to 38 metres (125 feet)

The Pinnacles are located in the South Eastern area of Phillip Island, well outside Port Phillip Heads and East past Point Nepean in Bass Strait.

The Pinnacles are a collection of large pinnacles of rock rising from a rocky bottom at 38 metres up 9 metres from the surface. The height of these bommies has attracted large amounts of fish life and they are also covered in lovely coloured soft corals and sponges. This dive site is probably an underwater extension of the land based site of The Pinnacles granite formations found in the Phillip Island Nature Park, Cape Woolamai.

Diving The Pinnacles

Best done as a boat dive launching from Newhaven on Phillip Island, as it's a long way from The Heads and Point Nepean. Use a plough or sarca anchor in preference to a sand anchor. Anchor in the deep section and check that the swell and wind is holding your anchor line clear of rising reef structure.

Finding The Pinnacles

Thanks to the work of Peter Beaumont and Packo the GPS marks for The Pinnacles were updated on 5th May 2018. Peter reports the given longitude of 145 20.226'E is a deep anchoring point some distance west of the 8 to 9 metre soundings at the top of The Pinnacles. Packo suggests first timers who are sounding for the summit might try somewhere about 15 to 20 metres further east at around 145 20.240'E.

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.

Latitude: 38° 34.363′ S   (38.572717° S / 38° 34′ 21.78″ S)
Longitude: 145° 20.226′ E   (145.3371° E / 145° 20′ 13.56″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-05-04 00:50:22 GMT
Source: Peter Beaumont GPS (verified).
Nearest Neighbour: Phillip Island Cray Reef, 1,976 m, bearing 84°, E
Depth: 9 to 38 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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