Oct
02
2011

Scuba diving in Tasmania a unique experience

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Scuba diving in Tasmania will leave you in awe of the exquisite natural wonders thriving underwater.

The region offers some of the finest temperate diving in the world, with a diverse oceanic wilderness that – like so many of the adventures to be found in the island state – is easily accessible to visitors.

A spectacular coastline and clear, cool waters make Tasmania a truly magical diving destination that is renowned throughout the world.

In summer the visibility is at least 12 metres – providing ample scope to view some amazing and unique marine animals and plants – while in winter it extends to a remarkable 40 metres or more.

Whether you’re an experienced diver or an enthusiastic beginner, caves, sponge gardens and giant kelp forests are awaiting you along the 5,400 kilometres of pristine coastline.

Courses are available in all major locations, along with guided charters, equipment hire and total packages for those wanting to dedicate their holiday to this exhilarating pursuit.

Exploring the Bay of Fires is an ideal start for the novice diver, guaranteeing to open your eyes to impressive kelp forests and rare species of fish such as the weedy sea dragon. You will also find yourself visiting some of the fascinating shipwrecks off Flinders Island – an unforgettable experience you will struggle to find elsewhere.

At Tinderbox in the south, snorkelers and first-time divers can follow designated underwater trails, while on the Tasman Peninsula there are brilliant caves and canyons at Waterfall Bay.

For more experienced divers prepared for greater depth and strong currents, the Hippolyte Rock site is home to a colony of Australian fur seals.

One of the highlights of diving in Tasmania is the Troy D – an artificial reef with a 55-metre former Hopper Barge found off the north-west tip of Maria Island.

Tasmania’s Dive Trail lists the best sites along the east coast between Flinders Island and Bruny Island.

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