Sorrento Back Beach (aka Sorrento Ocean Beach) lies at the end of Ocean Beach Road, 1.5 km south of the town of Sorrento on the back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula facing south-west into Bass Strait. There is a large car park and a picnic area, as well the Sorrento Surf Lifesaving Club, on the bluffs behind the beach.
Sorrento Back Beach lies in a natural amphitheatre formed by the protruding western headland and the patchy offshore reefs. The beach faces south-west and waves average 1.6 metres over the reefs, but are lower at the beach. Here they have built one of the wider beaches in this section of the coastline, with a continuous attached bar.
The three main dive sites from the shore at Sorrento Back Beach are:
The walk at Sorrento Back Beach is slightly easier than many of the other back beach dives. Though during the summer months it gets really busy as lots of families bring down the kids to swim in the large artificial rock pool. Go early to get a decent park!
Be sure to always take a dive flag and a knife. You might also want to take a catch bag down here too! Abalone and crayfish can be found here. Be sure to always carry the appropriate measuring device as the rangers have been known to join you in the water as well as wait on shore.
It is recommended to dive here the first time with someone who is familiar with the area and has dived here before. Be aware of the walks involved. It's not for the unfit!
Dive Type: Reef Dive
Imported from The Scuba Doctor