diving in sunshine coast, australia

Sunshine Coast dive guide

Sunshine Coast Diving

Scuba diving in Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast offers a wide variety of underwater activities. You will enjoy all levels of diving, novice diving to wreck and advanced diving. Snorkeling is also a popular activity. The famous HMAS Brisbane wreck is located in one of Sunshine Coast's dive sites; it makes an excellent challenge for certified divers.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with Sunshine Coast 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 17 °C to 30°C (62° F and 86° F)
Average water temperature: About 18°C to 26 (64° F to 78° F)
Average Visibility: from 32 to 91 feet (10 to 28 meters)
Coldest time: July
Warmest time: January
Possible to dive all year round.
Best time to dive in summer months from November to February

Sunshine Coast is a pleasant place to dive all year long. The variety in its dive sites suits both experienced and non experienced divers. The marine life in Sunshine Coast is varied. You will find soft and hard corals, many tropical fish, turtles and rays. During winter months it's very likely to see migrating humpback whales. Divers also like to come to this area to enjoy shark diving. Swimming side by side with large grey nurse sharks, white tip reef sharks, shovel nosed and the sleek whaler sharks is bound to be an unforgettable experience for shark lovers.

Some of Sunshine Coast dive sites.

Sunshine Reef is a beautiful dive site located north south of the Sunshine Coast. It is at a depth ranging from 104 to 108 feet (32 to 33 meters). It has a wide population of marine life including coral trout, parrot, tusk fish, coral crayfish as well as mantis shrimps, banded coral shrimps, Spanish dancers and grey nurse shark.

HMAS Brisbane is a great artificial reef. It suits all levels of expertise. The vessel lies in 39 to 88 feet (12 to 27 meters) of water. It is covered with good growths of algae and is home to vast amounts of aqua life including baitfish and a few wobbegong sharks.

Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island is a very popular shallow dive site. It is a great site for snorkelers. You will get to see a wide variety of aqua life including lots of soft corals, sea sponges, sea anemones, nudibranchs and a variety of tropical fish.

The Cave is at a depth ranging from 32 to 39 feet (10 to 12 meters) and has interesting ledges, gutters and swim throughs. This spot is home to pelagic fish leopard sharks during October through May.

Castle Rock is at a depth of 68 feet (21 meters). The site has large rock overhang covered in orange coral. Also it is home to varied kinds of fish including surgeon fish, batfish, trevally as well as crayfish, nudibranchs, and turtles.

The Pinnacles is a great site which consists of 3 upright pinnacles rising to 32 feet (10 meters) of water. Bat fish, trevalley, butterfly fish, barracuda and plenty of wobbegong sharks inhabit this site.

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