Portland Breakwater

Location: Portland
State: VIC
Diver Qualification: Open Water
Average Depth: 6mtrs
Max Depth: 9mtrs
Average Visibility: 5mtrs
Access Type: SHORE
Directions: This is on the shore near the tourist information centre. You can see the breakwater once you drive down into the port area.
Description: You can dive the LHS of the breakwater as you look out from shore. It is basically a big stone wall made up of rocks. The rocky wall is covered in kelp and there is nice coverage of other seaweeds too. There is seagrass out to the left that has other cirtters living in and around it.

We waded out to take maximum advantage of what the site had to offer and found 2 species of nudibranch in less than 2m, so I would recommend this to anyone diving this site.

As you go out, it will remind you a little of diving at Pope's Eye with the rock wall and the kelp coverage. There are similar sorts of fish life too. On our dive there we encountered senator wrasse, Blue throated wrasse, scalyfin, goatfish, stingrays, and lots of misid shrimp (although no seahorses but we live in hope). There are also crays along the breakwater. It becomes deeper gently so makes for an easy dive. There are supposed to be weedy seadragons living out in the seagrass to the left of the breakwater too. Out and back along the wall with occasional forays out into the seagrass feels like a nice dive plan for this site. It was what we did on our exploratory dive there, but the lowish viz we had meant we did not spend too much time away from the wall.

Be careful of the weather here though. Signs are up all over the place saying waves crash over the breakwater. If the wind is up or the weather looks to be changing think twice. It is on the "open ocean" side of the breakwater (you cannot dive the other side).

It is a site that is extremely inviting and will warrant repeat visits.