Altona Pier, in Hobson's Bay, runs out over shallow water almost to the end where the sandy bottom finally deepens to 5 metres or so. Good for both day and night diving with lots of sand dwellers and small fish.
The pylons are covered in muscles and at the end of the pier there lies a supermarket trolly. An excellent training ground for new divers close to the city of Melbourne.
Fairly boring site with not much to see. Entry is best done with a back roll off the lower landing as it is very shallow.
The pier is very sandy and has a black muck towards the end. Marine life, what little of it is there, is very skittish. Puffers and fish like that around the pier. The most interesting sea creatures are found as statues at the start of the pier.
Probably better as a snorkelling site.
Don't forget to check out the artificial reef 40 to 65 metres seaward from the end of Altona Pier. As they are more than 30 metres away from the pier, you can go spearfishing on them.
Dive Type: Pier Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor