Local dive sites

Tinderbox Marine Reserve

Depth: 2-8 metres

Recommended qualification: PADI Openwater diver

Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve was declared to provide a safe, sheltered marine study area for education, research and recreation. A beach and the foreshore are included within the reserve.

Tinderbox reserve is a great place to go for a snorkel or scuba dive. To the south, the rock platform drops 2 or 3 metres to sand. It is an ideal place for snorkellers to explore the ledges and crevices in the reef. To the north, the reef is wider and extends into deeper water. Progressing towards the Derwent Estuary, the reef becomes increasingly exposed to weather and the reef structure becomes more complex and drops more quickly into deeper water.

A dive here on the open soft bottom in greenish water is an unusual experience for many, and provides an opportunity to see spiny pipehorses or Tasmanian numbfish. Look out for feeding tentacles of numerous Holothurians (sea cucumbers) that live buried in the sediment. A night dive along the edge of the reef is a good place to see volutes and gurnards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nine Pin Point

Depth: 2-12 metres

Recommended qualification: PADI Openwater diver

The Ninepin Point Marine Nature Reserve occupies 731.8 hectares in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel near the mouth of the Huon River.

The reserve protects a unique assemblage of plants and animals in an unusual aquatic environment where cold, nutrient-rich sea water from the southern ocean is overlaid with tannin-rich freshwater leached from the decaying organic matter in the Huon River catchment.

The depth of the tannin layer at Ninepin Point varies throughout the year depending on rainfall. It may be almost absent during dry summer periods but can extend down to 12 metres or more after heavy rainfall and run off from the catchment resulting in near zero visibility. Water temperatures range from 8°C to 20°C.
            

Waubs Bay, Bicheno

Depth: 3-12 metres

Recommended qualification: PADI Openwater diver
Renown as Weedy Sea Dragon central, Waubs Bay is also home to a wide variety of marine life with sea grass, kelp and reef habitats. A popular destination is Split Rock, a large bombie 100m out from the Bicheno break wall. Here you’ll see reef-dwelling species such as boarfish, butterfly perch, rock cod, gurnards and wrasse as well as corals and sponges.
Most of our open water courses are run in Waubs Bay for it’s ease of access, generally good visibility and low current.