Reef Dive | Boat access
Depth: 12 m (39 ft) to 24 m (79 ft)
Level: Advanced Open Water
Toms Reef is just outside of the Port Phillip Heads on the Point Nepean side and is a popular dive site for catching Crayfish. It lies in an area of scattered reef offshore from the back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula in the Bass Strait with depths ranging from 12 to 30 metres. The sea life in this is area is prolific with Crayfish, Blue Devils, Weedy Seadragons, Seals, Abalone and much more.
The Soft calcium that comprises most of the terrain in this area has eroded into lots of little swim throughs valleys and overhangs all topped off with a light scattering of kelp. This is a fantastic dive site for an avid fish photographer.
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.
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.
Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.
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.
Toms Reef Location Map
Latitude: 38° 20.905′ S (38.348417° S / 38° 20′ 54.3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.748′ E (144.6958° E / 144° 41′ 44.88″ E)
Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-06 21:57:18 GMT
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Back Beach Wall, 312 m, bearing 314°, NW
Depth: 12 to 24 m.
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