Diving Port Stephens

Experience more of the fantastic diving Port Stephens has to offer with a Feet First Dive ‘Double –Tank’ boat diving trip to the outer islands.  Considered some of the best diving in Australia you can dive with sharks at Broughton Island, explore deep wrecks at Cabbage Tree or drift along the walls of Fingal Island. Choose the Feet First Dive team to ensure you have a fun-filled, action-packed trip that is professional and safe too.

Double Tank Boat Diving

Broughton Island
Part of the Great Lakes Marine Park, is a sanctuary for endangered grey nurse sharks. The protected colony gives divers the opportunity for a close experience with these majestic fish. There are several dive sites around the island, each with unique topography and a variety of marine life from huge stingrays to the elusive blue devilfish.

Cabbage Tree Island
Just outside the mouth of Port Stephens and is only a short trip from the Feet First Dive marina. The small wreckage lying here is home to wobbegong sharks and a great place to hunt for nudibranchs, whilst off the northern shore we can dive the wreck of the SS Oakland, a general cargo and passenger vessel that foundered in 1903 due to rough seas. The wreck of the SS Oakland lies at a depth of 27m and is now home to wobbegong and Port Jackson sharks as well as shovelnose and Fiddler rays.

Macleay Wreck
A cargo vessel that sank off Little Island in 1911, lies in 42m of water and is an ideal dive site for exploration and wreck penetration. The engine and boiler room is in good condition and whilst the partially collapsed bow shelters large fish. Eagle rays are known to cruise by, whilst cuttlefish and sharks are often seen around the wreckage. The site is only suitable for deep and technical divers. If you are not certified already, you can combine your boat trip with a Feet First Dive Wreck or Deep Diver Course.

Fingal Island
Known for steep walls and drop offs, pinnacles and a large sponge garden. Diving here is ideal in summer when we regularly see large schools of pelagics, whilst in the Spring it is common to see mating Port Jackson sharks.

Boat Diving Trips depart from Feet First Dive at 7am and return between 1pm and 3pm, snacks and drinks are provided but guests are advised to bring a light lunch if they wish. Hot showers available at Anchorage marina upon disembarkation.

The MV Siren is a 7.5m single aluminium hull vessel with twin Yamaha 130 engines. Built for diver comfort and speed, we take up to 8 divers, accompanied by 2 crew. During the dives our Coxswain/ Master remains aboard at all times.

Onboard Safety

  • Life jackets with lights
  • Life ring/buoy with light
  • Fire extinguisher
  • 2 x Radio – VHF & UHF
  • EPIRB = Australian 406MHZ Distress Beacon
  • First Aid trained staff
  • Resuscitation Kit & 100% (02)
  • FIRST AID Kit – Scale F Marine (I’ll eventually LINK this to AMSA)
  • Fitted with 3m3 internal buoyancy foam
  • SMS in accordance with NSCV Part E Operations
  • Maritime ALPHA Flag
  • NON-SMOKING vessel

Trip Prices for Diving Port Stephens

$150 includes 2 tanks, surface interval snacks and transfer to the marina

$160 includes 2 tanks, weights, surface interval snacks and transfer to the marina

$199 includes full equipment hire, 2 tanks, surface interval snacks and transfers to the marina