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Great place to scuba dive

Popes Eye can be accessed from either Portsea or Queenscliff. A man made lagoon, the centre of the lagoon where many of the boats dock is a safe place for snorkelling, although... read more

Reviewed 25 December 2016
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

Popes Eye can be accessed from either Portsea or Queenscliff. A man made lagoon, the centre of the lagoon where many of the boats dock is a safe place for snorkelling, although not very interesting. Outside the lagoon the water depth drops rapidly and the is a forest of kelp as well as sandy bottom there. Fish life is plentiful... More 

Thank OzBee
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2016

An easy dive with a wall to follow outside the eye in bot directions. Plenty of fish life in the day and an abundance of iridescent cow fish at night. Snorkelers can enjoy a shallow dive 2-3 metres inside the eye with divers outside getting around 6 meters. Current is usually a little strong as you hit the turn around... More 

Thank Brett S
Bendigo, Australia
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179 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

have boated here a few times but on our last occasion there where no other boats anchored and we discovered a reef that goes right around the popes eye where the boats are normally anchored the depth was great and I saw the most amazing sealife and plants! well worth the trip out here!

Thank kazebear
Geelong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

This is a very popular dive site due to the calmer waters of the Bay. There are several options to get out there, whether a dive club or the snorkel tours at Queenscliffe Harbour you will be well looked after. Keep an eye out for Dolphins!

Thank WayneAP
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

We visited with a group on a tour, but enjoyed the sheltered water to snorkel and see the kelp and surprisingly colourful reef fish as well as the Gannets and Black-Faced Cormorants resting or nesting on the rocks.

Thank SueMAustralia
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 17 January 2016

Popes Eye is a favourite location of divers and snorkelers cause of the protection it provides from tidal currents and because of this many "SCUBA Clubs" find to use this site for "Beginners" first open water dive("Like myself'). It is a fascinating dive and snorkel site for both experienced and novice water goers.

Thank A T
Sale, Australia
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

You will have to listen to the fascinating history of why this man made reef was created--then jump overboard--lots choices for getting there on the marina-- and swim in shallow water inside---snorkle along the edges to see everything--or dive on the outside. Only warning is do it with expert guides as the current really and truly can be ferocious if... More 

Thank Paul R
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Seems amazing you are in the middle of the bay and you can snorkel and see fish and seals only minutes out from Queenscliff. We have visited here with our own boats but we do see tours come out as well. You can anchor up inside the rock wall and then do some snorkelling

1 Thank David D
Melbourne, Australia
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409 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

this is a small place in the bay, filled with hundreds of birds. People use it to practice snorkelling. It's quite smelly as its full of bird droppings. Interesting place but be mindful of hygiene

Thank Stefanie R
Melbourne, Australia
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148 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2014

The Searoad Ferries ply the passage passed the Pope's Eye every day between Queenscliff and Sorrento, however if you want to appreciate this magic piece marine park the only way to do it is by a much smaller vessel. We ventured right up to the Eye onboard with South Bay Eco Tours in a purpose built vessel ideal for this... More 

1 Thank Denis C

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