Location: Fortescue bay, Tasman Peninsula
Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 8mtrs
Max Depth: 12mtrs
Directions: Follow the road towards Port Arthur, take the left turn to Fortescue Bay and follow the signs. It's a national park, but apparently you don't need to pay if you're using the jetty - it's only a new park and the jetty was there first. Watch for the park ranger from hell though, she's very thorough and will try to hit you up for entry fees.
Description: Enter pretty much anywhere off the shore, the boat ramp is a good start. They do put boats in, but the boat ramp is damaged so I don't know how they manage it. If you want to come down from Pirates Bay it's about a 15-20 minute trip.
I've had a few dives here, you can swim pretty much in any direction and see some cool stuff. Plenty of cowfish and pufferfish, quite a few abs, never seen a cray there but you never know, if you've got a boat you might find some. If you're lucky you might spot a weedy sea dragon or two. All in all an easy dive and a good one for beginners (they also run open water courses here).
It's almost always fairly sheltered. There's plenty of interesting spots along the northern edge of the bay, and a wreck in the NE corner, you can see the top of the structure sticking out of the water. There's a story behind it - I don't know it.
All in all there are definitely worse places to dive than Fortescue.
Access Type: BOAT/SHORE
Average Visibility: 15mtrs