Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Western Australia

Ready to check out the best sites in Western Australia for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 34 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Western Australia to suit your needs.
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Exmouth Navy Pier

#1 - Exmouth Navy Pier

Australia, Western Australia, Pacific

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From the Exmouth Visitor's Center web site (link below) :<br>THE NAVY PIER RE-OPENS FOR DIVING<br>News Date: 1/07/2007<br>Closed since the 31st July 2006, the Navy Pier will be re opening for diving in July 2007. After a lengthy tender process, the Navy Pier, which is one of Australia's BEST TEN SHORE DIVES, will re open for certified divers. The successful tender was won by Ningaloo Reef Dreaming. To take a dive on this magnificent site please contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre for more information. <br><br>A dive on the pier, as described by Ningaloo Reef Dreaming:<br>After we pick up all the customers we will drive to our warehouse and meet at the briefing room. Here we will meet and greet and have coffee and tea and cookies! Yes, paperwork needs to be done, and then the Exmouth Navy Pier briefing. Once everyone knows what to do, with who and where and also what not to do and everything is clear, it is time to set up dive gear, including a safety sausage and compass for every diver. Time to drive to the Naval commander office for the key and correct passes, we are nearly there where we want to be, the water! A short site briefing, wetsuits on, kit up, buddy checks done and there we go! Unbelievable! The first thing we see is a large school of Barracuda, to the other side we see Batfish, large Cods and also a large school of Giant Trevally is swimming by. Well that is a start! We keep descending following one of the pylons of the Pier and we are surprised by all the coral we see, just fantastic. Coral trout, Snapper, Cods, Lion fish, you name it, we have seen them all. Then suddenly coming from behind one of the pylons appears a Queensland Groper, bigger than I am! Resting on a piece of the Pier structure is a Wobbegong Shark, just under the main Pier structure. We are heading South and challenge our buoyancy in between the pylons and Pier structure and on our way we welcome more coral with lots of Nudi Branches in all different colours, waving to us, fantastic macro opportunities-- this is a photographer's dream! White tip reef Sharks, Frog fish(es), and the Tawny Nurse Shark! There, an octopus is changing its colour and if we look up, all we can see are schooling fish. Time to go up and whilst we stay on the 5 meter mark we are surrounded by Trevally until we reach the surface. This was just unbelievable, now we know why the Exmouth navy Pier is rated amongst the top 10 shore dive sites in the world!!!! Warm Regards, Jeroen de Vries, Ningaloo Reef Dreaming (see link below) The NorthWest Cape covers a huge area with the Ningaloo reef stretching 260 km from slightly north of Exmouth to Amherst Point, south of Coral Bay. Exmouth is a small town of approximately 2500 people and is situated 1270 km north of Perth.
Navy Pier

#2 - Navy Pier

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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North of Exmouth (Western side of the cape), on Commonwealth Land (Naval Waters)and makes up part of the Murat Sanctuary zone. Navy Pier is also known as Point Murat Navy Pier.
Swan River

#3 - Swan River

Australia, WA, Perth

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Good crab dive location. Also good for prawns at night. Most Prawns can be found at about 10m. Descend to about 10m then follow the depth contour to the right. This will take you infront of the boat pens, so be careful of boat traffic (there is very little at night) To return ascend 2 or 3 metres to avoid your silt trail, then reverse direction. In winter the first 5m or so may have almost zero vis, especially after rain. Below 5m you will enter salt water and the vis suddenly improves, and the water temperature increases. Sometimes you can see an abrupt transition between the fresh water above and salt below. This site is not effected by tide currents. There is a set of steps down to the water just to the West of the jetty. Swan River is also known as Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club Boat Shed.
North Mole Barge (Gareenup Wreck)

#4 - North Mole Barge (Gareenup Wreck)

Australia, Western Australia, Pacific

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The North Mole Barge is one of Perth's most accessible shore wrecks of some historic significance. Often referred to as the 'Gareenup Wreck', when in actual fact the wreck still remains unidentified. The wreck is of the construction of a steel hopper barge and due to having a boiler on site it likely had steam driven machinery or propulsion. The wreck is likely a dredge that would have worked the Swan River and Fremantle Port, but it is unknown when it was likely to have been sunk. Thought to have originally been destined for the Rottnest deep water graveyard it fell well short of its destination and was originally sunk 200 metres from its present day location. In 1988 due to expansion of the Fremantle port and with its popularity with local divers, the sunken barge was raised and finally laid to rest 180 metres north from the northern harbour sea wall. https://www.divingwawrecks.com/north-mole-barge
Mettams Pool

#5 - Mettams Pool

Australia, WA, Perth

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This pool is a great place for family, first time snorkelled or for introducing children to snorkelling. There is also an access for the disabled. in line with LYNN St in TRIGG. It is between trigg point and north beach shops (30 minutes of Perth city). Mettams Pool is also known as Mettams.
Sponge Gardens

#6 - Sponge Gardens

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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the Sponge Garden Drift dive is a must do for the experienced diver. A majestic drift over a diverse collection of large sponges, gorgonians, and sea whips is an excellent way to experience the sea bed devoid of rock structures and coral bombies. The enormity and colours of the sponges and corals in this garden are impressive in their elegance. At the entrance to the Exmouth Gulf, east of the Navy Pier,
Green Island

#7 - Green Island

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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Southern side of Rottnest Island. Approx 40 minutes by boat from Fremantle; and 15 minutes by boat from Rottnest.
Lotties Lagoon

#8 - Lotties Lagoon

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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Lotties's Lagoon consisted of a sandy bottom with various coral pillars and bommie's scattered around.
Lady Elizabeth Wreck

#9 - Lady Elizabeth Wreck

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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Wooden barque 658 tons. From Fremantle for Shanghai, one life lost. Wreck lies on a sandy bottom in Bickley Bay with the bow wedged into a reef in about ten metres with a portion of her hull and ribs exposed. Some artefacts remain. Just west of Dyer Island
Fremantle North mole

#10 - Fremantle North mole

Australia, WA, Freemantle

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Very nice sponge life, look under the ledges for schooling bullseye, squid, octopuses, eels, boxfish and of course the elusive western blue devil are all highlights of this dive. very enjoyable dive and best in the evening around 4 o'clock in the summer. Good for crayfishing. To access follow the signs to the north mole (along north mole drive) you will get to the mole and simply drive to the end and park (hide you wallet because theives have been known) once geared up you will need to climb down the rocks ( super dodgy!!) and giant stride into the water. Follow the mole on the south side for as long as you like, keep the mole on your left, explore all the little nooks and crannies for critters, lionfish and western blue devils have been sighted at this spot before, also there are plenty of crayfish(make shure its in season and you have a license, hefty fines apply) be carefull not to stray into the channel because it is a controlled area! Fremantle North mole is also known as north mole.
Penguin Island

#11 - Penguin Island

Australia, WA, Rockingham

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Shallow waters off the coast make snorkelling easy. Area is sheltered by the island, reducing (or eliminating waves). Very large shallow area, suitable for beginners in snorkelling. The eastern (sheltered) side of Penguin Island (the same side as the boat jetty).
Coral Bay

#12 - Coral Bay

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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Coral Bay is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Outter Reef Bommies

#13 - Outter Reef Bommies

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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Coral bay
MV Petrel

#14 - MV Petrel

Australia, WA, Rockingham

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MV Petrel is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Rockingham which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Kingston Reefs

#15 - Kingston Reefs

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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Kingston Reefs is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Bicton Baths

#16 - Bicton Baths

Australia, WA, Perth

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Bicton Baths is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Jackson Rocks

#17 - Jackson Rocks

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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Jackson Rocks is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Rocky Bay

#18 - Rocky Bay

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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Rocky Bay is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Porpoise Bay

#19 - Porpoise Bay

Australia, WA, Perth

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Porpoise Bay is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Point Peron

#20 - Point Peron

Australia, WA, Rockingham

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Point Peron is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Rockingham which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Geordie Bay

#21 - Geordie Bay

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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Geordie Bay is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
5 Mile Reef

#22 - 5 Mile Reef

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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Coral bay
The Basin

#23 - The Basin

Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest

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The Basin is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Australia, WA, Perth, Rottnest which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
D9 Wreck

#24 - D9 Wreck

Australia, WA, Perth

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50m long barge. D9 Wreck is also known as D9 Wreck - Cockburn Sound.
Hillarys North Wall - inshore

#25 - Hillarys North Wall - inshore

Australia, WA, Perth

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Bad visibility at times due to suspended seagrass, but clear areas are interesting. Sheltered and calm area, great for beginners. Nice variety of fish hanging about the rocks and large shoals of baitfish nearby. If you stay near the wall boat traffic shouldn't be a problem. Park opposite the dive store on the northern side of the marina and enter via the beach.
Hamersley Pool

#26 - Hamersley Pool

Australia, WA, Perth

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This is a small, protected beach with its own change rooms. Provides an ideal, shallow area for swimming with the reef beginning a few metres from the shore. Recommend diving at high tide as the water is very shallow over the nearby reef at low tide. Plenty of interesting reef formations as well as a variety of fish and resident eagle rays in the sandy areas. One ray is particularly accustomed to humans and can be seen in the swimming area frequently. Just north of the well known Mettam's Pool. Located at the end of Hamersley Street in North Beach.
Turquoise Bay  - Bay swim

#27 - Turquoise Bay - Bay swim

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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An ideal spot even for people who can't swim at all. Coral stacks can be seen in waist deep water surrounded by spectacularly coloured fish. To the western side of the bay is a drift dive for stronger swimmers. Well signposted, popular bay in the Cape Range National Park, just south of Milyering Visitors Centre. Short walk from the carpark to the beach and the reef is literally right there.
Woodman Point

#28 - Woodman Point

Australia, WA, Perth

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A brilliant site with various habitats (wall/reef, sand, seagrass), many species of fish and various other sea creatures. Many fishermen on the point and spear fishers in the water - use caution. Park near the end of the point and enter off the wall or from the nearby beaches.
Lighthouse Bay

#29 - Lighthouse Bay

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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well, we couldn´t see a lot. easy sandy slope. maybe some snakes, maybe some sharks. they promise manta rays.....if it´s the season of course. quite expansive stuff. 30mins by boat from Exmouth.
Robb's Jetty

#30 - Robb's Jetty

Australia, WA, Perth

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South Frementle Robb's Jetty is also known as Robb Jetty.
North Cottesloe Reef

#31 - North Cottesloe Reef

Australia, WA, Perth

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Visibility can vary from crystal clear to murky, depending on conditions. In the morning swimmers train over the reef and don't tend to look where they are going so keep an eye out. The area is popular with snorkellers, but not overcrowded. Where the reef breaks to sandy areas at the shore beachgoers are abundant. Large limestone reef at one of Perth's most popular beaches. Just enter the water and the reef is right there. The area can get busy, but is very safe with constant lifeguard prescence and shark spotting helicopters around. Watch out for stingers. The reef has areas of seagrass, caves, ledges and sandy patches resulting in a variety of fish and other creatures to see. North Cottesloe Reef is also known as Slimey's Reef.
Hillarys North Wall

#32 - Hillarys North Wall

Australia, WA, Perth

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nice and easy dive, you can enter at the end of the mole and just use the incoming tide to move you along. like all walls there isnt an abundance of fish visible but upon closer inspection they are everywhere. good for crays towards the end of the season!( make sure they are a legal size!!) small sharks have been spotted whilst diving here but they are usually only like 4-5 feet so its all good!! Hillarys marina is a popular tourist destination so there should be no problem in finding it! once there follow the signs to the north wall or ask the local dive shop (Perth Diving Academy) they will direct you in the right direction. entering the water can sometimes be a problem because it is a breakwater so you will need to be cautious. only attempt this dive when there has been calm conditions for around a week. Hillarys North Wall is also known as Hillarys mole.
Cottesloe Groyne

#33 - Cottesloe Groyne

Australia, WA, Perth

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A very easy, but interesting spot to snorkel. On calmer days the southern side, with it's natural reef can be accessed. Common species (north side): Woodward's Pomfret, Ogilby's Hardyhead, Yellow-finned Whiting, Stripey, Western Scalyfin, Red-lipped Morwong, Dusky Moorwong, Silver Drummer, Western Buffalo Bream Easily accessed, part of the popular Cottesloe Beach in Perth. Water on the northern side is protected and usually calm. Entry is via the beach.
Exmouth Gulf

#34 - Exmouth Gulf

Australia, WA, Exmouth and Ningaloo

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lots of big fish and great coral not many wave to push you a riund great for all ages. so track you many need a 4x4 to get there . but for all the others you dont. it is only accessably by boat to the outer reef there are whale sharks (dont eat you). but there are some realy good ones in shore.