The goal on a drift dive at Geoff's Scallop Hole is to enable enough ground to be covered to ensure you can fill your catch bag with great big fat juicy scallops. The scallop beds move around a little, and there is no guarantee you will see them straight away. But rest assured you will see them.
In Summer the scallops can generally be found in the areas nearby with depths ranging from 14 metres to 17 metres. The scallops like the cooler deeper water in summer.
In Winter the scallops are typically found in the areas nearby with depths ranging for 10 metres to 15 metres. The move into shallower waters for added warmth in winter.
Typically you would head out to this dive site from the Rye Boat Ramp and head west. The dive site is midway between Blairgowrie Pier and Rye Pier, just out from the Tyrone Boat Ramp in the Whitecliffs area. The bottom is flat sand with Scallops, Stingrays, Sea Squirts, Flat Head, and Large Spider Crabs. (The crabs are not suitable for eating.)
Geoff Rodda has been gathering scallops here for many, many years. It was where he took divers when running his own dive charter boat, and then later when driving the Dive Victoria dive charter boats. It's where he heads out in his own boat for a feed of scallops. But don't blame Geoff if you don't find the scallops. They do move about.
Dive Type: Drift Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor