Offshore Reef & Wreck Dive
- Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Southport, Qld
- Product code: OR&W
What to Expect When Scuba Diving on the Gold Coast?
While many people automatically think of the Great Barrier Reef for scuba diving in Queensland, the Gold Coast is more than able to hold its own when it comes to offering up a unique experience that you will remember for many years to come. Now, it is true that most scuba diving is found a short distance away from Surfers Paradise, but if you are looking for the best place to stay on the Gold Coast, then this is it. Surfers Paradise not only keeps you entertained during the day, but is also the hub of nightlife in Queensland.
The biodiversity of the Gold Coast is amazing, to say the least. With more than 15,000 different species of fish ranging from little tiddlers right up to some of the largest sharks in the world, it’s easy to find yourself distracted in this magical watery world. There are also plenty of turtles, maori wrasse, manta ray, clown fish, jellyfish, and crustaceans going about their daily life. Of course, you could head to Sea World to see many of these, but there is nothing quite as captivating as seeing them in their natural habitat. Beside the ocean life, the Gold Coast plays host to lots of mysterious shipwrecks waiting to be explored, many of which hold a rich history.
Palm Beach Reef is the largest coral reef system on the Gold Coast. The reefs footprint is about 2-3 times larger than the exposed part of Cook Island and it would take about 10-20 dives to explore the site in its entirety. Palm Beach Reef is truly amazing, full of surprises and absolutely underrated.
The Scottish Prince, 800 meters off the Gold Coast’s South Port Spit,
features the wreck of a three steel-masted, 64 meter iron barque ship.
The Scottish Prince sank as it was sailing from Glasgow, Scotland to
Brisbane with a cargo of whiskey, mousetraps, linen and other assorted
cargo, with only the hull of the ship remaining.
These days, the
Scottish Prince is covered in soft corals and sponges, making it a
haven for crayfish, shovel nose rays, brown-banded cat sharks and
wobbegong sharks, and other tropical fish. There isn’t much access to
the inside of the wreck, however a variety of marine life will pop their
heads out to say hello. The Scottish Prince is protected under the
Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck Act, so make sure you take nothing but
photos and memories.
If you have any questions, please call or text us on 0450 020 986
For directions to our dive centre by Google Maps (all dives will start from here)
Arm E @ Mariners Cove
Sea World Drive, Main Beach QLD 4217
(follow street signs for The Spit)