When traveling to Australia, the majority of people fly to Sydney. This international airport has excellent connections to cities all around the world, including Asia, Europe, North and South America. Once in Sydney, it is easy to get around by public transport or rental car. Sydney boasts a high number of dive sites, unmatched by any other mayor city this size. Opportunities for shore dives are plentiful, making it easy for the diver to explore Sydney’s dive sites individually. However, dive centers around Sydney organize shore dives as well as boat dives to guide out-of-the-area divers in these unfamiliar waters. Despite Sydney’s great dive options, most tourists flee to the Great Barrier Reef for diving, and Sydney’s dive scene is mostly local.
Abyss Scuba Diving is located in Botany Bay, just 20 km south of the center of Sydney. This professional dive center offers a wide range of dive courses and has a well-stocked dive shop. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday they organize free divemaster led shore dives, where divers only pay for renting equipment or tanks. Situated in the beach town of Manly, Dive Center Manly arranges two shore dives daily, as well as night dives and boat dives.
Focusing on high quality dive training, the Sydney Dive Academy offers courses from beginner diver to professional level and technical diving. This center is located in Matraville, just south of Sydney and close to the airport. Dive Center Bondi, situated a bit closer to Sydney in the surf town of Bondi Beach, is another well-established dive center that offers local shore dives and dive courses.
Pro Dive Sydney has three locations, in the city center, in Manly and in Coogee. It is one of the largest dive operators in Australia and offers two daily double-tank boat dives from Sydney. With hot showers, drinks, and a toilet on board, they offer a comfortable and economical way to explore Sydney’s best dive sites.
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 ...