Feet First Dive Nelson Bay have a modern 30 foot long dive boat comfortably seating 8 divers. For those regular divers to the Port Stephens area, Feet First Dive Nelson Bay offer a unique experience - the opportunity to seek out new dive sites. Divers on our boat trips will contribute to the site selection by reviewing maps and other historical and maritime data – you never know what we might find!
The township of Nelson Bay is the heart of the magnificent Port Stephens, home to large aquatic reserves which ensure some of the best diving in New South Wales. With easy access to a variety of shore dive sites, boat and wreck dive sites, Feet First Dive Nelson Bay can offer any type of dive that suits your need for fun and adventure. Scroll down for specific information on some of the boat dive sites available in the Port Stephens area.
DOUBLE BOAT DIVES
Feet First Dive Nelson Bay regularly operate Double Boat Dives. Meeting at 7am, your day will include two dives, refreshments, and the use of our complimentary computer service at the end of the day to transfer your dive photos on to CD back at our store.
SINGLE BOAT DIVES
Feet First DIve offer single boat dives and snorkelling trips that can be tailored to your needs. Whether you want to scuba dive morning, afternoon or all day, contact us to discuss your needs.
Broughton Island is located about 20 kilometres north of Port Stephens and is home to a large number of magnificent dive sites. Here we regularly get up to 20m visibility and one of the great attractions is the large colony of grey nurse sharks.
Looking Glass. At this site you can swim through a large crack in the rock face, like a channel through the middle of the island. This opens out into a large area like a natural fishbowl where you will find grey nurse sharks and large rays and circling overhead of some very nervous baitfish! Maximum depth inside the Looking Glass is 18 metres. A perfect site for all certified divers.
Looking Glass Wall. A great dive for advanced divers as you descend from 15-40 metres down a sheer wall with an abundance of fish life. Keep your eye out for the rare eastern blue devil fish in one of the caves as you go.
Shark Gutters. This is a spectacular maze of narrow gutters that are brimming with grey nurse sharks from pups to large males. You may also enjoy the serenity of the huge rays as they gracefully glide by. Maximum depth of 14 metres.
North Rock. A kelp covered bombie leading down to fingers of gutters teaming with fish. Swim through the sponge gardens and take your underwater camera as visibility is often great and there is heaps to see. A great range of depth from 5 metres to 22 metres.
Cod Rock. An unusual looking lava tube that you can swim through. You will find yourself exploring the gutters, the crevices and caves looking for fish and eels. You won't be disappointed, there is plenty to see here!
This is one of the closer islands to Nelson Bay where you will find drop offs, pinnacles and magnificent sponge gardens. During winter and spring we dive Government Wharf, which collapsed into the ocean after the lighthouse was built. Here you will struggle to see sand between the mating Port Jackson sharks that cover the ocean floor. A sight to be seen!
The Pinnacle. As the name suggests a large pinnacle takes you down to 35 metres. During summer you are sure to see some large pelagic circling looking for a feed.
Cabbage Tree Island is a sight to be seen. From our roman gardens to the statue of our Lady of CabbageTree. Found at Cabbage Tree is the rare Donut Nembrotha, this is the only place in the world where you can find this beautiful nudibranch. Maximum depth is 14 metres to the old wreck. This is a fully protected island and is the only nesting ground in the world for the Gould’s Petrel an endangered bird.
Little Island was used as a bombing range by the RAAF many years ago. It is now a great dive site, especially for deep diving with depths over 40 metres. Little by name, large by nature with its sudden cliffs piercing down into the depths. In addition to the large fish life, you are likely so see schools of eagle rays in the warmer months.
Safety Cove. Although the island offers a number of sites, Safety Cove offers a dramatic seascape. With cliffs, swim throughs, caves, and large aggressive rocks climbing through the water. Often you will see snapper circling above and blue gropers galore. This is a dive site where you must look up.
The Oakland. The wreck of the Oakland lies in 27 metres of water north of Cabbage Tree Island. This wreck has been described as a wreck sitting in the bottom of a fish tank, with her rib cage exposed and her bow and stern somewhat intact. She was a 154 feet long collier which sank in a terrible storm in May 1903. This unfortunate incident resulted in the loss of eleven lives and ironically the ship was carrying headstones as well as coal on her fatal voyage.[SS Oakland.
Michael MacFadyen's Oakland Wreck Page
The Macleay. The Macleay sank after crashing onto the rocks off Little Island in 1911, resulting in the loss of 15 sailors. The Macleay lies in 42 metres of water and is for experienced divers looking for a deep challenge. The engine and boiler are in good condition, while the partially collapsed bow offers protection for large mulloway.
Michael MacFadyen's Macleay Wreck Page