Victoria is the second-smallest state of Australia. It borders with New South Wales to the north and Tasman Sea to the east. The unique combination of spectacular coastline, pristine beaches, numerous national parks, dense forests and mountains attract visitors all year long and offer a plethora of activities to sport lovers.
Mornington Peninsula lies to the southeast of Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city. It is surrounded by Western Port to the east and Port Phillips to the west. There is a vast number of great surf sites and a plethora of excellent dive spots all along this section. With an abundant marine life under the pier, Rye Pier is classified as an excellent day and night diving spot.
The average depth here is at 3.5 m/11.5 ft and the maximum is at 5 m/16.4 ft. Visibility is medium and varies from 5 m/16.4 ft to 10 m/32.8 ft. Water temperature is up to 19°C/66.2°F in summer and early autumn months and between 15°C/59°F in winter. The site is suitable for all divers. In addition, divers are able to see sea horses, crabs, goat fish, juvenile fish, squid, seadragons, leatherjackets and other fish. If you are lucky, you may come across local seals. Note: watch out for fishing lines, as it is also a popular fishing spot.