If you have ever been scuba diving then you would know there is no other feeling that compares. As you hit the water and begin to transcend beyond daily realities, you start to absorb the sheer beauty and vastness of the ocean. Unshackling yourself from gravity as you become an aquatic astronaut, exploring the depths and coming face to face with the incredible flora and fauna that lies below the water’s surface. But most people think that experiencing the wonders of the deep means travelling to the Bahamas or other exotic locations around the world. This simply isn’t true. Here are three local gems around Victoria that are sure to impress even the most avid diver.
HMAS Canberra Shipwreck
Melbourne and Victoria provide dive sites that attract many divers both locally and internationally. One of these is the HMAS Canberra shipwreck located just off the tip of Portsea in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. This artificial reef was made for the sole purpose of scuba diving. Nestled about 28 metres below the surface, this wreck provides divers with an awe-inspiring experience as they cruise past the mega structure’s main deck, gun deck and bridge deck where Australian sailors once walked. It is also home to varieties of colourful sea dragons, sea horses and soft corals.
The Mornington Peninsula offers numerous dive sites that provide an underwater community of dazzling marine creatures, 19th-century shipwrecks and World War I submarines that now call the ocean floor home. Witnessing submarines from that era is a truly breathtaking, eerie and thought-provoking experience. A must-see for more experienced divers.
Great Ocean Road
Although internationally famous for The Twelve Apostles, which attracts millions of tourists every year, many people are unaware of the teeming marine life that lays beneath. Until recently, knowledge of the underwater life in the area was unheard of due to the fierce nature of the region’s waters. These waters, however, are home to rare shark species such as the prehistoric seven gill and shy thresher. The minor human interaction with the region has likely helped it to truly thrive.
Keen to learn to dive, or need a refresher course? Check out Aquability: www.aquability.com.au.