Underwater diving in Tasmania

Tasmania has hundreds of underwater dive sites, ranging from reefs and wrecks to caves and kelp forests. The seawaters in Tasmania are temperate and the visibility is excellent.

The pristine ocean waters of Tasmania are home to multitudes of fish and invertebrates – altogether a paradise for scuba-divers of every level of experience.

There are giant kelp forests off the south coast of Tasmania and shipwrecks off king island and flinders island. A dive trail has been established along the east coast of Tasmania to showcase the best dive sites.

Six marine reserves around Tasmania cover an area of more than 45,000 hectares and these protect a range of marine ecosystems and habitats.

Dive operators in Tasmania

  • Aqua Scuba Diving Services

    Located in Hobart, Aqua Scuba has offered a full range of diving services since 1961.

  • Bay of Fires Dive

    This is a SSI-affiliated, dive charter/instructional/retail business operating out of Binalong Bay, on Tasmania’s north-east coast.

  • Eaglehawk Dive Centre

    Eaglehawk Dive Centre has been in operation since 1991 and is situated on the spectacular Tasman Peninsula, 80 kilometres from Hobart.

  • Bicheno Dive Centre

    Bicheno Dive Centre offers a full range of services for divers visiting the dive sites of the east coast of Tasmania.

  • Go Dive

    Go Dive is a PADI dive centre with locations in Hobart, Launceston and the Tasman Peninsula. Go Dive is a family-run business with a strong customer service philosophy.

Diver, Bay of Fires
Diving – Bay of Fires, Tasmania.
© Tourism Tasmania and George Apostolidis

caring for tasmania’s marine environment

There are environmental protection and conservation regulations in place to care for the complex marine environment in Tasmania. If you are unsure whether you need permission to dive at a particular spot, contact the local Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service office for up to date information.

Diving in kelp forests in Tasmania. ©Tourism Tasmania and Mark Spencer
“Tasmania offers the most accessible underwater wilderness in the world.”
National Geographic magazine

tasmanian dive licences

You can buy a recreational dive licence at any Service Tasmania outlet.

tinderbox marine nature reserve

The Tinderbox Marine Nature Reserve is a marine reserve and underwater snorkel trail off the tinderbox peninsula, 30 minutes’ drive south of Hobart.

It extends 1.4 kilometres north-east of Tinderbox Bay to Piersons Point and 700 metres to the south-west. It reaches 200 metres from the shoreline and covers an area of 45 hectares.

Dive instructors often hold classes at the Tinderbox Marine Reserve. Snorkellers and inexperienced divers can follow the underwater signs that illustrate the reef-life of the fish, invertebrates and seaweeds.