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Melbourne Scallop Dives

Melbourne Scallop Dives

We're often asked about where we think are the best places to catch a feed of Scallops near Melbourne, Victoria. So here we list the local Port Phillip Bay scallop diving sites we know about. Happy scallop hunting!

Geoffs Scallop Hole

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site

Depth: 10 metres (33 feet) to 17 metres (56 feet)

The goal on a drift dive at Geoff's Scallop Hole is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see them straight away. But rest assured you will see them.

In Summer the scallops can generally be found in the areas nearby with depths ranging from 14 metres to 17 metres. The scallops like the cooler deeper water in summer.

In Winter the scallops are typically found in the areas nearby with depths ranging for 10 metres to 15 metres. The move into shallower waters for added warmth in winter.

Typically you would head out to this dive site from the Rye Boat Ramp and head west. The dive site is midway between Blairgowrie Pier and Rye Pier, just out from the Tyrone Boat Ramp in the Whitecliffs area. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)

The Scuba Doctor staff member Geoff Rodda has been gathering scallops here for many, many years. It was where he took divers when running his own dive charter boat, and then later when driving the Dive Victoria dive charter boats. It's where he heads out in his own boat for a feed of scallops. But don't blame Geoff if you don't find the scallops. They do move about.

Divers have the opportunity to catch a feed of scallops (Pecten fumatus) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag and current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations, such as the bag limit of 100 scallops each, if you intend to catch scallops.

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 drift diving from a private boat for scallops.

Latitude: 38° 21.549′ S   (38.35915° S / 38° 21′ 32.94″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.781′ E   (144.79635° E / 144° 47′ 46.86″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 05:35:16 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-17 21:22:39 GMT
Source: Geoff Rodda GPS
Nearest Neighbour: JLs Scallop Beds, 673 m, bearing 86°, E
Depth: 10 to 17 m.
See the Geoffs Scallop Hole dive site page

JLs Scallop Beds

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site

Depth: 10 metres (33 feet) to 17 metres (56 feet)

The goal on a drift dive at JL's Scallop Beds is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see scallops straight away. But rest assured you will see them.

In Summer the scallops can generally be found in the areas nearby with depths ranging from 14 metres to 17 metres. The scallops like the cooler deeper water in summer.

In Winter the scallops are typically found in the areas nearby with depths ranging for 10 metres to 15 metres. The move into shallower waters for added warmth in winter.

Typically you would head out to this dive site from the Rye Boat Ramp and head west. The dive site is midway between Blairgowrie Pier and Rye Pier, just out from the Tyrone Boat Ramp in the Whitecliffs area. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)

JL's Scallop Beds is named after local diving legend John Lawler, a life member of the Victorian Sub-Aqua Group (VSAG) independent dive club, and co-founder and past president of the Victorian Artificial Reef Society (VARS). But don't blame JL if you don't find the scallops. They do move about.

Divers have the opportunity to catch a feed of scallops (Pecten fumatus) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag and current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations, such as the bag limit of 100 scallops each, if you intend to catch scallops.

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 drift diving from a private boat for scallops.

Latitude: 38° 21.525′ S   (38.35875° S / 38° 21′ 31.5″ S)
Longitude: 144° 48.243′ E   (144.80405° E / 144° 48′ 14.58″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 14:09:35 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-17 21:39:36 GMT
Source: John Lawler GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Geoffs Scallop Hole, 673 m, bearing 266°, W
Depth: 10 to 17 m.
See the JLs Scallop Beds dive site page

JLs Scallop Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site

Depth: 15 metres (49 feet)

The goal on JL's Scallop Drift dive is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see them straight away. But rest assured you will see them.

JL's Scallop Drift is named after local diving legend John Lawler, a life member of the Victorian Sub-Aqua Group (VSAG) independent dive club, and co-founder and past president of the Victorian Artificial Reef Society (VARS). The dive site itself is in Capel Sound, Port Phillip, off the bay beach of Rye. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)

Divers have the opportunity to catch a feed of scallops (Pecten fumatus) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag and current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations, such as the bag limit of 100 scallops each, if you intend to catch scallops.

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 drift diving from a private boat for scallops.

Latitude: 38° 20.238′ S   (38.3373° S / 38° 20′ 14.28″ S)
Longitude: 144° 51.091′ E   (144.851517° E / 144° 51′ 5.46″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 13:53:57 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-17 21:40:30 GMT
Source: John Lawler GPS (verified)
Nearest Neighbour: Rye Scallop Drift, 450 m, bearing 343°, NNW
Depth: 15 m.
See the JLs Scallop Drift dive site page

Rye Scallop Beds

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site

Depth: 10 metres (33 feet) to 17 metres (56 feet)

The goal on a drift dive at the Rye Scallop Beds is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see scallops straight away. But rest assured you will see them.

In Summer the scallops can generally be found in the areas nearby with depths ranging from 14 metres to 17 metres. The scallops like the cooler deeper water in summer.

In Winter the scallops are typically found in the areas nearby with depths ranging for 10 metres to 15 metres. The move into shallower waters for added warmth in winter.

Typically you would head out to this dive site from the Rye Boat Ramp and head west. The dive site is midway between Blairgowrie Pier and Rye Pier, just out from the Tyrone Boat Ramp in the Whitecliffs area. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)

Divers have the opportunity to catch a feed of scallops (Pecten fumatus) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag and current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations, such as the bag limit of 100 scallops each, if you intend to catch scallops.

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 drift diving from a private boat for scallops.

Latitude: 38° 20.812′ S   (38.346867° S / 38° 20′ 48.72″ S)
Longitude: 144° 47.684′ E   (144.794733° E / 144° 47′ 41.04″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2019-02-17 14:16:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-17 21:24:01 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Geoffs Scallop Hole, 1,373 m, bearing 174°, S
Depth: 10 to 17 m.
See the Rye Scallop Beds dive site page

Rye Scallop Drift

Drift Dive Boat access
Drift Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Bay Open Water Rated Scallops Dive Site

Depth: 15 metres (49 feet)

The goal on this Rye Scallop Drift dive is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see them straight away. But rest assured you will see them.

The Rye Scallop Drift dive site itself is in Capel Sound, Port Phillip, off the bay beach of Rye. It's not too far away from a large marker pylon with '13' on it and a structure of pylons with seals. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)

Divers have the opportunity to catch a feed of scallops (Pecten fumatus) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag and current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence. Please abide by all current fishing regulations, such as the bag limit of 100 scallops each, if you intend to catch scallops.

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 drift diving from a private boat for scallops.

Latitude: 38° 20.005′ S   (38.333417° S / 38° 20′ 0.3″ S)
Longitude: 144° 51.003′ E   (144.85005° E / 144° 51′ 0.18″ E)
Datum: WGS84 Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 01:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2019-02-17 14:40:45 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: JLs Scallop Drift, 450 m, bearing 163°, SSE
Depth: 15 m.
See the Rye Scallop Drift dive site page

Total of 5 dive sites.


A Guide to Scuba Diving Scallop Drift | Melbourne Down Under

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

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 scallops.

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