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Bay Freediving Boat Dive Adventure
Certified freedivers will love this guided 2-hour boat dive adventure to see unique local marine life.
Freedive with marine life that doesn’t exist anywhere else than the temperate waters. Stare into the eyes of unique species below the surface and discover reefs and wrecks on the Bay Freediving Boat Dive Adventure aboard our RIB boat, Kavorca. Safely with other certified freedivers, you’ll swim amongst fish species found only in temperate waters like Boarfish and Weedy Seadragons.
WaterMaarq RIB boat excursions are boutique. Purposefully small in number with a maximum 6x guests per tour. Our excursion takes you on the seas less traveled, it’s designed to help you feel like part of nature, rather than being an observer. WaterMaarq’s professional in-water Guides will be with you to ensure an authentic natural wildlife experience.
- Certified freedivers will enjoy the depths of the bay
- Limited to just six guests, you’ll enjoy an uninterrupted underwater experience
- The tour departs from Sorrento, VIC
- Private tours available
- Our skippers and professional in-water freedive guides are passionate locals about our history and wildlife on the Mornington Peninsula
- More detailed information provided below
Duration2 Hours depending on season and logistics
Certified freedivers (Level 1 or higher)
Ages 14 and up. Some restrictions may apply at times
Expect to seeSeals, Blue-throat Wrasse, Magpie Perch and diverse and unique local marine wildlife
Weekends at 9am October – April. Other times by demand
Children 14+: $89
Children (14+) must be accompanied by an adult
Style of TourUnderwater Excursion: Below the surface tour, wetsuits must be worn, minimum 5mm thickness recommended. Rental equipment available
Bay Freediving Sites
Includes a visit to sites ranging from Banksia Reef, Pope’s Eye Marine Park, Chinaman’s Hat, South Channel Fort or Point Nepean Bay. Excursions are for all certified freedivers (minimum Level 1) and tailored for you to experience the best conditions and sites on the day. Special adventures are also scheduled to explore new undiscovered territories.
The Bay here is beautiful with sandy beaches and exposed coastal cliffs. The water is generally cleaner and clearer and in summer months reaches temperatures up to 21 degrees.
Marine Wildlife & Seals
Port Phillip Bay’s Australian Fur Seals once upon a time were under threat, but nowadays they thrive with their restful haul-out platforms. A highlight of any wildlife experience, swimming with seals shows you their diving agility, playfulness and acrobatic skills! Their breath-hold performance will amaze you too.
An excursion from Sorrento is the best way to experience the thriving reefs, both natural and artificial, that give protection to fish, seadragons, stingrays, cuttlefish and crabs. The southern temperate waters are home to marine species, 80% of which don’t exist anywhere else on earth. Our smooth rays are the largest stingray species in the world. Blue-throat wrasse are a key live export fish favoured in asian cuisine. The annual spider crab migration is a little understood highlight of our local region. Other unique species of fish such as Long-snout Boarfish, Old Wives and Weedy Seadragons will delight you with their ornamentation and vibrant colours.
Bay Freediving Boat Dive Adventure
Make your way to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula to meet your local guide and your rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Sorrento is around a 1.5hr drive from Melbourne.
Meeting at the Sorrento Pier at least 30 minutes before departure (allow more time in summer), you’ll be greeted by your Guide and introduced to fellow guests.
Slip into your wetsuit and listen to a short briefing on what to expect during the 2-hour boat excursion. Hop in to the boat and take your seat; it may be a lively ride.
On the way out of port, pass the Sorrento-Queenscliff ferry terminal built in 1870 which used to meet the Sorrento Steam Tram Service 1890-1920 to take passengers through Sorrento’s main street to the ocean beach on the other side of the peninsula (locally known as the backbeaches).
Depending on the needs of the group, the journey may include a visit to locations such as Point Nepean, Chinaman’s Hat, Pope’s Eye Marine Park, South Channel Fort or even Banksia Reef, chosen for it’s optimal experience based on the best tides and conditions on the day.
• Excursions are two hours in duration
• It is recommended that you book at least one week in advance of your preferred date
• Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure.
• In the event of rain or inclement weather your experience will still go ahead unless contacted by the experience provider
• If your experience is cancelled you will be rescheduled by the provider
• You will need to bring your swimmers and a towel
• Wetsuits are compulsory, minimum 3.5mm with hood, gloves and booties (Summer)
• Thicker wetsuits (5mm) are recommended in Spring/Autumn
• Rental wetsuits and gear (two-piece 5mm with hoods) are available if you do not have your own. *These must be requested at time of booking
• Wetsuits must be put on before boarding the vessel
What to Bring
• Only a very small bag, waterproof is better
• Re-useable water bottle
• Camera / Go Pro
• Sun Hat or Beanie
• Wind / Spray Jacket
• Freedivers will have a safety float available and wetsuits are buoyant, to ensure a safe and comfortable experience
• Freedivers must be certified by a recognised freediving agency and supply their certification before the tour, negotiation will not be entered into.
• Certified Freedivers may use weightbelts
• Items such as knives, spearguns are not allowed
From Melbourne you’ll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you’re in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade).
From Queenscliff, catch the Sorrento-Queenscliff ferry towards Sorrento and once arrived, make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade).
Walk to the main Sorrento ferry pier and look for our vessel, Kavorca,
Sorrento Pier address:
Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943
*On Google Maps make your way to the pin-drop for WaterMaarq
The excursion includes:
• 2-hour bay guided freediving experience
• Personalised experience for maximum 6 guests
• Bring your own wetsuit or hire one
• Local professionally trained in-water Guide
• Insights into the local historical and environmental significance
• In-water supervision and assignment of buddies
• Safety briefings
Featuring in-water guiding and supervision by a professional guide/instructor, you’ll be more comfortable, dive with a suitable buddy and gain a closer look at the local marine life, underwater features and highlights.
Freedive alongside unique wildlife and keep an eye out for other unique fish species including the Longsnout Boarfish and Smooth Stingrays.
• 2-hour freediving experience by boat
• Professional local guide
• Safety equipment and pre-tour briefings
• Parks Victoria use fees
Equipment Not Included:
Wetsuits, Weightbelts, Mask, Snorkel & Fins:
• You must bring your own wetsuit and gear, or hire equipment for this excursion
• Minimum height for wetsuits: 150cm
• Maximum weight for wetsuits: 110kg
• Minimum shoesize for fins: EU35
• Freedivers may use weightbelts and must observe and use the buddy system at all times (one-up, one-down)
• Wetsuits, all gear and weightbelts are available for hire and must be requested at the time of booking
• Food and drinks
• Hotel pickup and drop-off
· If cancelled within 7 days of the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 50% cancellation fee will required by the company or individual
· If within 24 hours of the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 100% cancellation fee will be required by the company or individual. A cancellation fee will be based on the full cost of the booking at time of purchase
· Refunds are not available for bookings made via tour agents or third party tour booking providers.
Important Things You Should Know
• Adult pricing applies to all travellers
• Children must be at least 14 years old to join the tour
• Please note that the minimum height overrules the age for safety reason
• Minimum height: 1.40 m
• Maximum weight: 110 kg
• It is highly recommended that you wear a 5mm long wetsuit to keep you warm during the dives in approximately 14-21 degree water. Hire wetsuits must be requested at the time of booking
• Confirmation will be received at time of booking
• Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
• Please note: You must bring swimming costume and towel, wetsuit (minimum 3.5mm thick). Please contact your local operator well in advance if you need to hire equipment, as it cannot be hired on the day of the excursion.
• If certified as a freediver, must provide evidence of the certification
• First level freediving certification or higher must be provided
• Evidence of dive certification is required from all divers wishing to participate in a certified dive
• If you have not been freediving for more than 12 months we recommend a refresher course before joining the tour
• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions (to be checked)
• Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended
• All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving
• Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor