diving in darwin, australia

Darwin dive guide

Darwin Diving

Scuba diving in Darwin

Diving in Darwin is a fun packed experience and interesting. Darwin's coastline enjoys calm and warm water. Both shore and boat dives are available and most dive sites are only minutes away from shore. Beautiful wrecks are located in this area and which are home to a wide variety of sea life.

Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with Darwin diving centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Average annual temperature: Between 13°C and 21°C. (55° F and 69° F)
Average water temperature: from 22 to 27 °C ( 71° F to 80° F)
Average Visibility: from 3 to 49 feet (1 to 15 meters)
Coldest time: July Warmest time: February
Possible to dive all year round.

Darwin dive sites are for all levels of certification from open water to advanced divers. Reefs around this area are best for beginner dives with its shallow depth; with soft corals and colorful sponges covering it. Many ships sunk around Australia's Northern coastline making Darwin a great place for wreck diving. These beautiful wrecks are home to many kinds of aqua life like coral trout, estuarine cod, wobbegong sharks, jewfish and barracuda just to name few.

Some of Darwin dive sites.

The Ridge is a beautiful natural reef. It is at a depth of 131 feet (40 meters) and suits experienced divers. The site has a marvelous rock wall rising to 108 feet (33 meters). The reef is covered with beautiful soft corals, sponges and huge gorgonian coral and home to schools of sweetlip and trevally.

Mandorah Queen is a wreck dive site at a depth of 69 feet (21 meters). The remains of the wreck are home to jewfish and greasy cod.

FV Marchart III is a beautiful artificial dive site. The wreck lies in 82 to 98 feet (25 to 30 meters) of water. The visibility is great at this site. It is home to a wide variety of sea life including groupers, schools of trevally and golden snapper as well as wobbegong sharks, turtles and mackerel.

John Holland Barge was sunk to be part of an artificial reef. It is at a depth of 82 feet (25 meters). It is home to many kinds of small and big fish like glasseyes, huge jewfish, wobbegong shark, docile cod and trevall. The site is great for night dives and you may see large octopus around this area.

Bennetts Bottom is one of the best diving spots that suits experienced divers. It is a beautiful natural reef at a depth of 104 feet (32 meters). The reef is home to many kinds of fish and corals and is great for night dives.

Bus Stop Reef is an artificial reef that was deployed in 1991. It is at a depth of 82 feet (25 meters). The huge truck tyres in this site are a haven to many kinds of fish and large greasy cod inhabit its tunnels.

MV Zealandia is a World War II wreck lying in 62 (19 meters) of water. It sank in 1960 and became a beautiful haven for fish.

Usat Meigs is a 430 feet (131 meters) ship that sank during World War II. Now it lies in 59 feet (18 meters) of water. It is considered Darwin's greatest wreck site. It is home to many kinds of fish including large estuarine cod, pigmy barracuda, golden snapper and angel fish.

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