Fifteen minutes south of Hobart CBD (Tasmania) is a fantastic little shore dive, located at the south end of Blackmans Bay beach. If you love sea horses, stingarees and draughtboard sharks and giant kelp, then this site has to be on your Tasmanian dive bucket list. Due to its shallow depth it is easy to spend an hour or more exploring this beautiful dive site.
Entry is off the end of Ocean Esplanade. There is easy parking with a grass area for you to set up your dive gear. Once set up, there are two entry options (see the map). Entry #1 is a short 150 meter walk down on to the beach. This will give you plenty of time in the water to get set up as
the depth is quite shallow for about 200 meters from this point (~2-3m), but, keep your eyes open, this is where you’re most likely to find the pot-bellied seahorses (Hippocampus bleekeri). Entry #2 is a longer 350 meter walk along the Boronia Beach Track, and then a short scrabble along the sandstone rocks. I advise caution when using this entry, as the rocks can sometimes be quite slippery. However, this is a great entry if you are interested in getting past the eastern point and around in to the giant kelp forest. The jutting walls on the east point of the dive site are
encrusted in stunning jewel anemones, and there are always a fair few draughtboard sharks (Cephaloscyllium laticeps) sleeping in cracks or under some weed.
Even in average visibility, this site can be a photographers dream, with plenty of fish and sharks to keep a diver happy for well over an hour!
Parking: 90 degree parking at the end of Ocean Esplanade
Amenities: Public toilet about 700m north of the dive site, on Ocean Esplanade
Depth range: max 10 meters
Visibility: As this site is in the Derwent, it can vary from 2-10 meters