Melbourne airport has excellent international and domestic connections. And whereas Adelaide offers good connections to other Australian cities and Asia, many international connections often go through one of the larger Australian airports. There is a good bus connection between the two cities, with many bus companies offering hop-on hop-off tickets that allow people to make stops along the way. Getting a rental car really is the best option. Not only to have more freedom to explore southern Australia’s diving, but also to have a chance to drive along the Great Ocean Road, Australia’s most scenic highway.
Diving in Melbourne, from shore or by boat, is easily arranged with one of the many dive centers in and around the city. Dive Experience is an SSI dive training facility that, besides courses, offers boat dives as well, and can help you with all your Melbourne diving needs. Scuttlebutt Scuba charters is a great operation to organize boat dives with, as well as rent scuba gear and get tank fills.
Adelaide Scuba is a well-organized dive center only 10 km from Adelaide city. This Padi dive school offers courses and dive trips, including a specialized Leafy Seadragon tour to get up close and personal with this fascinating creature.
When interested in a shark cage dive in South Australia, divers can choose between several operators. Located in Adelaide and stretching the importance of sustainability, the Rodney Fox shark expeditions have over 40 years of experience diving with the Great White Shark. They offer multiple-day shark expeditions to the Neptune islands with an emphasis on education and research. Calypso Star Charters organizes their shark cage dives from Port Lincoln, a short flight from Adelaide.
Flying to Hobart, for diving in Tasmania is worth it for both underwater and above the water scenery. Eagle Hawk Dive Center, situated on the Tasman Peninsula offers divers a home-away-from-home in their divers lodge, and organizes dives to the best sites around Tasmania. Go Dive center is located in Hobart and can help divers by renting gear and filling tanks, as well as teaching dive courses and organize boat trips.
CDC How many different ways can I describe a bunch of incompetents? All these good reviews... from novice and first time divers. No-one seems to know how good diving and live aboard diving can and should be - least of all the crew. Short version: avoid kangaroo explorer. Probably best to avoid all outer reef trips. It's not the worst experience, not a bad one, but wasn't _fun_. Not for the money I spent. I spent 2.5 times as much ($800 vs $2000) diving with Deep Sea Divers for the same length ...