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  • Boat Dives

    Boat Dives

    Sydney offers some great boat diving and the Abyss boat gives easy access to all of these sites. […]
  • Shore Dives

    Shore Dives

    Sydney's shore diving is second to none. Come on one of our free guided shore dives and let us amaze you […]
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    Shark Dives

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  • Weekend Trips

    Weekend Trips

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A great dive site around every corner.

Scuba Diving in Sydney

Sydney offers some of the best diving in the world, with dive sites to suit all levels of experience. From sheltered bays and rocky reefs to kelp forests and deep drop-offs, Sydney has something for everyone. With more than 600 species of marine life already identified, Sydney is a scuba diver's paradise.

Along with the fantastic diversity of marine life, the nature of Sydney's coastline means that there is a dive site around every corner. So whether you're a beginner or an experienced diver, Sydney is sure to please.

Abyss Scuba Diving is Sydney's most convenient PADI 5-star dive shop for those looking to explore the city's best scuba diving. Abyss offers both boat dives and free guided shore dives, as well as trips to different dive spots around New South Wales.

On average, Abyss offers upwards of 50 diving activities monthly, including complimentary guided shore dives and the option to upgrade to a guided boat dive. You will never need to worry about finding a dive buddy, as our certified instructors can always help set you up with another novice or experienced diver. As long as you bring proof of prior certification from any major agency (PADI, SSI, BSAC etc.), we would love to have you!

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 26 Jul 2024 AU$ 0.00

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Bare Island is arguably Sydney's most popular dive site and is suitable for all levels of divers. With a range of dive sites, it is set to impress no matter what the conditions. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Kelloe - Tec Boat 50m Saturday 27 Jul 2024 AU$ 110.00

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One of the better of the deeper wrecks off Sydney is the SS Kelloe. The Kelloe was a iron hulled collier. On the 13th of May 1902 the Kelloe went down after a collision with the Dunmore. Sitting on a sandy bottom broken by bits of the adjacent edge of the rocky reef, its depth is 48 to 51 metres. The wreck is sitting upright with the bow facing north. The main features of the wreck is the very large boiler and the engine. The boiler rises at least 3 to 4 metres from the bottom and is intact. The hull is opened out and is pretty messy and flat. On the eastern side the hull sits up a metre or two but otherwise, the main part of the wreck is absolutely flat. There is a large hole in the hull just forward of the stern that you can swim through. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive. You need to be tec certified with a redundant air source for this one. It is NOT DM led. All divers need to be experienced in tec diving The boat will Depart at the scheduled time from Sans souci public Fishing wharf off River side drive.

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Leap to Steps - Shore Dive Saturday 27 Jul 2024 AU$ 0.00

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For this dive you must be confident in the water. This site is one of our favourites and is usually conducted as a drift dive with the incoming tide. It is a bit of a clif walk down, you need to be confident in the water. Step off the rocks into the big blue and let your self be taken along the wall, looking for weedy seadragons, rays and Pj’s. Its always good to get to the site early to get set up and then park your car at the exit point. The second dive will be held at The Steps. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Henry Head - Boat Saturday 27 Jul 2024 AU$ 120.00

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Henry's head is known for its colourful sponge gardens. I love this site, not a long boat trip, normally calm and so much colour. The boat will Depart at the scheduled time from Sans souci public Fishing wharf off River side drive. This location is easy to get to by public transport or you can drive yourself. Please be at Abyss Scuba Diving one hour prior to departure tiem to collect any gear you need

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Magic Point - Boat Sunday 28 Jul 2024 AU$ 120.00

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The Magic Point shark dive is a double boat dive. The boat will Depart at the scheduled time from the Sans Souci public Fishing wharf off Riverside drive. This location is easy to get to by public transport or drive yourself. Please be at Abyss Scuba Diving one hour before departure to collect any rental dive gear.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Sunday 28 Jul 2024 AU$ 0.00

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Bare Island is arguably Sydney's most popular dive site and is suitable for all levels of divers. With a range of dive sites, it is set to impress no matter what the conditions. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Osborne Shoals - Boat Sunday 28 Jul 2024 AU$ 120.00

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Located straight off Cronulla beach in south sydney. As you descend you can see the white sand on one side and the reef on the other. You can expect to see both macro and the usual cool Sydney marine life at this site. The friendly blue grouper, red morwong, cuttlefish, mado, stripey, common bullseye, crimson-banded wrasse, maori wrasse, silver sweep, sergeant baker and more. This site will leave you in a Marine wonderland. The boat will Depart at the scheduled time from Sans souci public Fishing wharf off River side drive. This location is easy to get to by public transport or you can drive yourself.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Friday 02 Aug 2024 AU$ 0.00

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a beautiful dive at cronulla called oak park at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Oak Park- Shore Dive Saturday 03 Aug 2024 AU$ 0.00

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a beautiful dive at cronulla called oak park at Jibbon Street Cronulla. Oak Park is a relatively shallow dive (max 11m) but the site is massive with a large range of marine life, from cuttlefish through to schools of Old Wives. Whether you are just starting out or an experienced diver, it is a great site for everyone. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters before driving yourself to the site.

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Voodoo - Shore Dive Sunday 04 Aug 2024 AU$ 0.00

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Possibly one of the most popular dive spots in Sydney, found in the national park, Voodoo is famous for its pumping surf break above the water and its beautiful swim through Arch beneath the water. With schools of fish, giant cuttlefish and eagle rays swimming about, who wouldnt want to dive in this slice of heaven. Be at the store at more than 30 mins before to collect your gear and meet your dive masters.

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Scuba Diving in Sydney

Marine life found at Sydney Dive Sites.

The best thing about scuba diving in Sydney is the diverse marine life. Here is a list of the top marine species to watch for when you check out Sydney's most popular dive sites.

1. Blue Groper

The blue groper is a species of fish that is found in the waters around Sydney. The fish gets its name from its blue colouration, which is caused by a pigment called guanine. The blue groper is a popular target for divers, as it is relatively easy to spot and photograph at such dive sites as Shelly Beach, Bare Island and Oak Park when scuba diving in Sydney.

 The symbol of scuba diving in Sydney, the blue groper

2. Weedy Sea Dragon

Weedy sea dragons are a species of fish that is related to seahorses. The weedy sea dragon is found in the waters around Sydney and can grow up to 90 cm in length. Weedy sea dragons get their name from their long, weed-like appendages, which help to camouflage the fish in its aquatic environment. The best dive sites to see weedy sea dragons are the dive sites at Kurnell, with the Kurnell Steps having weedy seadragons as the site's signature species

Scuba Diving in Sydney with a seadragon

3. Giant Cuttlefish

The giant cuttlefish is a species of cephalopod that is found in the waters around Sydney. The giant cuttlefish can grow up to 2 meters in length and weigh up to 15 kg. The giant cuttlefish is popular with divers, as it is an impressive sight when seen up close.  Sites like Shelly Beach and Oak Park are usually good locations to see cuttlefish when scuba diving in Sydney.

cuttlefish at Bare Island

4. Port Jackson Sharks

The Port Jackson shark is a species of shark that is found in the waters around Sydney, they are most prolific between the months of July to October. The Port Jackson shark can grow up to 1 meter in length and has a unique spiral-shaped liver that helps it to filter out food from the water. Port Jackson sharks are a popular target for divers, as they can be easily photographed when swimming near the surface. Bare Island is a great dive site to observe Port Jackson Sharks.

5. Grey Nurse Sharks

The grey nurse shark, which can grow up to 3 meters long, is a species of shark found in the waters around Sydney. Although they are often mistakenly perceived as dangerous because of their size, grey nurse sharks are actually gentle giants that pose no threat to humans. Magic Point is one of the best sites for diving with these intriguing creatures.

 Check out the grey nurse sharks while scuba diving in Sydney

6. Eastern Blue Devilfish

The Eastern blue devilfish is a species of fish that is found in the waters around Sydney. The southern blue devilfish can grow up to 40 cm in length and has a bright blue colouration that makes it popular with divers and photographers alike.  Check the overhangs on the western side  of Bare Island and Shelly Beach to spot a blue devil fish

 7. Common Octopus

The common octopus is a species of cephalopod that is found in the waters around Sydney. The common octopus can grow up to 2 meters in length and weighs up to 10 kg. The common octopus is popular with divers, as it is an impressive sight when seen up close. Bare Island and Shelly Beach are two dive sites where scuba divers can see octopuses regularly.

8. Green Turtle

The green turtle is a species of turtle that is found in the waters around Sydney. The green turtle can grow up to 1 meter in length and weighs up to 100 kg. The green turtle is popular with divers, as it can be easily observed when swimming near the surface. Oak Park is a great dive site to observe green turtles.

turtle while scuba diving in Sydney

9. Frog Fish

Eastern frogfish. Frogfishes are often found on sandy floors and can be recognized by their large lips and round heads. Their eyes resemble marbles, and they have whiskers on their chin. The best location for frog fish is night diving at Ship Rock.

 

10. Red Indian Fish

The Red Indian Fish is a scorpionfish relative that is flattened and has no pelvic fins. It also has a long dorsal fin based that starts on top of its head. This type of fish is very good at camouflage ads it commonly hides among sponges. The colouration of this fish ranges from pale pinkish-orange to scarlet, brick red or bright orange - sometimes with hardly noticeable spots. Divers often see them while diving Bare Island and Henry Head.

Check the Red IndianFish while scuba diving in Sydney

 

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