Diving is an amazing way to drift weightlessly in an underwater wonderland of colourful coral gardens and curious fish. There’s spectacular marine diversity for divers in WA, from wrecks in the southwest, to the world-renowned Ninglaoo Reef in the north, with fascinating marine creatures to be discovered.
Divers will go mad for WA, with so many untouched reefs yet to be explored. The archipelagos and islands, with their coral atolls and numerous marine creatures, provide some of the best dives the world.
Busselton Jetty is 2km long and originally built in 1865 to service whaling ships. Now, it’s one of the best dive sites in WA. With a maximum depth of only 8m, the site is ideal for beginner and experienced divers.
Under the water, sunlight beams dance among the ancient pylons, and if you keep your eyes peeled you’ll spot wonderful hidden creatures including starfish, octopus and crabs. The jetty can be dived either through one of the local outfits such as The Dive Shed, or by catching the train along the jetty and entering the water off the dive platform near the end.
As a dive destination, the Cocos Islands ticks all the boxes, water temperature between 26 and 29 degrees, average visibility of 25m, more than 25 uncrowded, regularly dived sites including wrecks, reefs, caves and drop-offs and 1550 species of sea creatures.
Snorkelling on Cocos is great for all ages. As your own aquarium comes alive in protected waters, you’re likely to see clams, sea stars, sea urchins, rock cod, basslets, butterflyfish, bannerfish, angelfish and parrotfish.
Imagine plunging into the open Indian Ocean and coming face-to-face with a speckled, whale shark. It’s possible each March to July, at the stunning heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef, off the coast of Exmouth.
The region has become one of the world’s most reliable destinations for whale-shark encounters, thanks to the annual coral spawn that enriches the waters with plankton for the whale sharks to feed on. These gentle giants can be up to 12m, weigh 20 tonnes and reach 100 years old; snorkelling alongside them is one for the top of the bucket-list.
If you’re lucky, you’ll have long swims with multiple whale sharks on your tour – enough time to take in the dot painting-like pattern on their thick skin and their tiny dark eyes that seem to peer back at you just as curiously as you look at them.
WA is blessed with several underwater caves, including the jewel of Australian cave diving, Cocklebiddy Cave on the Nullarbor Plain. Recently the cave was named as one of the top 10 dive locations in the world, and with good reason, divers describe it as so clear you won’t even realise you’re underwater… it’s the closest experience to space travel you’ll get. The cave stretches 6.5km and is the longest underwater passage in the country.
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Retail equipment sales, charters, equipment hire and instruction available, scuba and LPG cylinder testing. Your host Trevor Beaver is a SSI Instructor Certifier.
Freediving Specified Academy, with locations in Perth and Sydney, offers courses in both English and Mandarin.
Coastal Water Dive brings together everything you need to make your dive experience something to remember – all for the right reasons. Visit one of WA’s largest dive shops.
Dive Ningaloo are a small, FLexible, dive school.
Learn to Dive in Perth, Western Australia with Certified Courses and Professional Equipment
Join the Bucket List Diver team at Rottnest island or local Perth shore and boat dives near you.
We specialise in fun diving and PADI SCUBA courses.
The Experience of a Lifetime - Swimming With Whalesharks on Pristine Ningaloo Reef.
The Ningaloo Reef has a huge variety of wildlife!
Ocean Eco Adventures offer Scuba Diving, Liveaboards & Marine Life Eco Discoveries of the Ningaloo Reef. Tours depart from Coral Bay.
Experience Australia's Wild West, Shark Bay Dive offers scuba diving, snorkeling and scenic wildlife tours of Shark Bay, Steep Point and Dirk Hartog Island.
Take a break with private boat hire & Perth charter boat specialists. Boutique cruise are ready to show you our sunset river cruise, Rottnest Island day & overnight trip, Scuba & snorkel tours & more.
Take the plunge and discover a whole new underwater world with Bucket List Diver, Perth’s premier scuba diving school.
Cape Dive has been the longest established dive store in Dunsborough, for over 25 yrs we have been diving the the south west. We are just 250km south of Perth.
Immerse yourself in a land like no other – The Kimberley.
Are you looking for an affordable way to explore the depths of the sea?
Experience the beauty of Western Australia's waters with Image Dive and Charters!
The Montebello’s are surrounded by magnificent virgin coral reefs with water temperatures perfect for snorkelling, fishing, swimming and scuba diving. The many reefs in the area also create fantastic wave conditions for surfing. We are very keen to accommodate everyone’s needs so please let us know if there is anything in particular that you would like to do whilst at the Montebello’s.
Share a breathtaking experience & swim with the biggest Shark in the world.
Ningaloo Whaleshark n Dive is the only PADI 5 star Resort in the Exmouth area. We pride ourselves on providing the most professional service on the Ningaloo Reef.
Come explore the depths of Western Australia with us and take a dive on either the HMAS Swan Wreck or the Busselton Jetty - two of the region's best dive sites.
Come explore Perth's beautiful ocean with Perth Ocean Diving!
Explore the stunning underwater world of the Pilbara with Pilbara Dive and Tours!
Daily Whaleshark diving adventures on the Ningaloo Reef. All equipment, food and refreshments provided. Use of spotter planes and fully trained staff.
Three Islands Whale Shark Dive specialises in whale shark & humpback snorkel adventures in Ningaloo between March and October.
Experience the beauty of the ocean with us!