Melbourne Abalone Dives

Melbourne Abalone Dives

We're often asked about where we think are the best places to catch a feed of Abalone in Port Phillip and/or Bass Strait near Melbourne, Victoria. So here we list the local abalone diving sites we know about. Happy abalone hunting!

18 Metre Reef

Reef Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.314′ S   (38.288567° S / 38° 17′ 18.84″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.335′ E   (144.57225° E / 144° 34′ 20.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-04 13:25:28 GMT
Source: John Lawler GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Ledges, 86 m, bearing 133°, SE
Point Lonsdale side of Port Phillip Heads.
Depth: 12 to 18 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.
See the 18 Metre Reef dive site page

Cape Woolamai Reef

Reef Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Open Water Rated Phillip Island Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
Latitude: 38° 34.026′ S   (38.5671° S / 38° 34′ 1.56″ S)
Longitude: 145° 21.552′ E   (145.359194° E / 145° 21′ 33.1″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2021-03-28 05:37:13 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-28 05:43:18 GMT
Source: Google Earth. Approximate location only.
Nearest Neighbour: Phillip Island Cray Reef, 442 m, bearing 173°, S
Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island
Depth: 12 to 15 m.
See the Cape Woolamai Reef dive site page

Catch Bag Reef Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.144′ S   (38.285733° S / 38° 17′ 8.64″ S)
Longitude: 144° 37.981′ E   (144.633017° E / 144° 37′ 58.86″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-03-16 00:39:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Lonsdale Wall Shallow, 207 m, bearing 265°, W
Depth: 12 to 24 m.
See the Catch Bag Reef Drift dive site page

Deep Pinnacles

Reef Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.847′ S   (38.29745° S / 38° 17′ 50.82″ S)
Longitude: 144° 35.699′ E   (144.594983° E / 144° 35′ 41.94″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-05 04:31:54 GMT
Source: Peter Fear GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Golden Arch, 137 m, bearing 275°, W
Depth: 16 to 25 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.
See the Deep Pinnacles dive site page

Diamond Bay

Reef Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
Latitude: 38° 21.246′ S   (38.354105° S / 38° 21′ 14.78″ S)
Longitude: 144° 44.534′ E   (144.742234° E / 144° 44′ 32.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-24 10:44:04 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Jubilee Point, 573 m, bearing 256°, WSW
Back Beaches, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth: 1 to 10 m.
See the Diamond Bay dive site page

Dragons Lair

Reef Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.421′ S   (38.29035° S / 38° 17′ 25.26″ S)
Longitude: 144° 34.859′ E   (144.580983° E / 144° 34′ 51.54″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-05-10 09:35:30 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: The Supermarket, 375 m, bearing 299°, WNW
Depth: 12 to 18 m.
Dive only on: Ebb, Flood.
See the Dragons Lair dive site page

Kelp Beds Reef Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 17.008′ S   (38.283469° S / 38° 17′ 0.49″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.584′ E   (144.659729° E / 144° 39′ 35.02″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-15 08:31:29 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Hot Spot, 275 m, bearing 39°, NE
Depth: 10 to 21 m.
Dive only on: Flood.
See the Kelp Beds Reef Drift dive site page

Koonya Ocean Beach

Shore Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Night Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
Latitude: 38° 21.810′ S   (38.363504° S / 38° 21′ 48.61″ S)
Longitude: 144° 45.095′ E   (144.751577° E / 144° 45′ 5.68″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-03-24 10:20:11 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-24 10:45:21 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Spray Point Caverns, 550 m, bearing 159°, SSE
Back Beaches, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth:1 to 5 m.
See the Koonya Ocean Beach dive site page

Portsea Back Beach Wall

Reef Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
Latitude: 38° 20.787′ S   (38.34645° S / 38° 20′ 47.22″ S)
Longitude: 144° 41.595′ E   (144.69325° E / 144° 41′ 35.7″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-04 14:01:30 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Toms Reef, 312 m, bearing 134°, SE
Depth: 17 to 26 m.
See the Portsea Back Beach Wall dive site page

Ramsden Cave

Shore Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Spearfishing Site
Latitude: 38° 41.560′ S   (38.692663° S / 38° 41′ 33.59″ S)
Longitude: 143° 50.073′ E   (143.83455° E / 143° 50′ 4.38″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-02-23 14:33:47 GMT, Last updated: 2021-02-23 21:43:56 GMT
Source: Shore Dives of Victoria.
Nearest Neighbour: Speculant, 520 m, bearing 259°, W
Sea cave at Cape Patton.
See the Ramsden Cave dive site page

Sorrento Back Beach

Reef Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Open Water Rated Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
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 | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-24 10:53:43 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: St Pauls Rock, 946 m, bearing 138°, SE
Back Beaches, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth: 6 to 20 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE, Ebb, Flood.
See the Sorrento Back Beach dive site page

Speculant

Wreck Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Spearfishing Site Wreck Dive Site
Latitude: 38° 41.609′ S   (38.693484° S / 38° 41′ 36.54″ S)
Longitude: 143° 49.719′ E   (143.828649° E / 143° 49′ 43.14″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2021-02-22 06:34:45 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-10 14:53:30 GMT
Source: Shore Dives of Victoria
Nearest Neighbour: Ramsden Cave, 520 m, bearing 79°, E
Iron Sailing Barquentine.
Built: Inverkeithing, Scotland, 1895.
Sunk: 10 Feb 1911.
See the Speculant dive site page

Spray Point Caverns

Shore Dive Shore access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Ideal For Snorkelling Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
Latitude: 38° 22.088′ S   (38.368125° S / 38° 22′ 5.25″ S)
Longitude: 144° 45.230′ E   (144.753832° E / 144° 45′ 13.8″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-03-24 10:46:12 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Koonya Ocean Beach, 550 m, bearing 339°, NNW
Back Beaches, Mornington Peninsula.
Depth: 5 to 15 m.
See the Spray Point Caverns dive site page

Toms Reef

Reef Dive Boat access
Abalone Dive Site Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Outside Port Phillip Reef Dive Site Spearfishing Site
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 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2021-04-13 09:27:58 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Portsea Back Beach Wall, 312 m, bearing 314°, NW
Depth: 12 to 24 m.
See the Toms Reef dive site page

Total of 14 dive sites.

If you have other abalone dive sites you could add to the list, please Contact Us with the details. If you have more information, pictures, or videos of the abalone dive sites already listed here, we'd love to hear from you.

Abalone diving is a high-risk activity. In Victoria it is over represented amongst drowning deaths. Please dive with a buddy and take all of the relevant safety precautions.

Safety Tip: We recommend you read our Boat Diving Safety and Using a Dive Float and Flag pages and use the described Cray/Drift Buoy Line Diver Freedom System when diving from a private boat for abalone.

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