The Exmouth Navy Pier
The world famous Exmouth Navy Pier has been voted as one of the top 10 dive sites in Australia, and one of the top shore dives in the world, and it is right here on our doorstep!
The 300m long pier is situated just 14kms from Exmouth. It is still an active Navy Pier, and can be used from time to time by Navy ships for servicing the Naval base, it is therefore not accessible to the general public and must be dived through a licensed company.
Dive Ningaloo currently hold the only licence for operating scuba diving tours at the Navy Pier.
Dives here are completely dependant on tidal movements, the currents around the area are very strong meaning it can only be dived during slack tide. Therefore either a single dive or double dives are possible depending on the moon phase. As a result, dive times vary from day to day, but the currents add to the rich variety of marine life found here.
Restricting access to the pier and not allowing fishing, means that underneath the structure it is teeming with marine life, often described as the marine equivalent of an oasis in the desert, the marine life gravitates to the structure for protection. As a result the biodiversity for a small area is incredible.
Check out our Exmouth Navy Pier Video!
The Navy Pier is a photographer’s dream as it boasts a huge variety of marine life to delight every type of diver, those who love big impressive sights, and those who love the small stuff. Nudibranches of all shape and colour, flat worms, scorpion fish, frog fish moray eel, toad fish, shrimp and octopus fill every nook and cranny. Cruising through the shadowy structure are also big schools of snapper, rabbit fish and fusiliers, huge grouper, sea snakes and sharks, commonly grey nurse, reef and wobbegongs.
The structure itself is covered with soft corals and sponges that utilise the currents to feed and this attracts colourful reef fish, butterfly, angel, moorish idol and parrotfish.
Visibility at the Pier is usually between 3-10m depending on weather conditions and tidal movement. No matter what the visibility you will see a huge amount of marine life!
Still not convinced? Come and see for yourself! See our booking calendar for availability and schedule of double or single dives.
+ $50 Navy Entrance Fee per person payable on the day only.
This fee is to cover the Commonwealth annual licence fee, maintenance, administration, and security costs associated with allowing civilian divers onto a restricted Defence establishment. Credit Card is accepted but cash is preferred to assist with the strict timings of running the pier.
Please note that official ID in the form of a passport of drivers licence must be brought on this dive. Entry to the Defence base will not be allowed without it.
*From 15/04/18 – 22/12/18 the Department of Defence will be conducting maintenance works on the Pier. This means that all dives will require entry and exit from the beach. Shore diving is more physically demanding – in order to dive the Navy Pier during this time, you must be physically fit and able enough to walk over sand, with full equipment on, from the trailer to the water. This is around 80m in distance. Entry into the water may be rough on some days. We cannot help you with any gear.
If you are unsure whether you are physically capable of doing this dive, then this is not the dive for you and we encourage you to join us on one of our boat tours instead.