Are you looking to dive Sydney’s best guided shore dive?


Sydney Dive Charters runs guided shore dives for scuba divers from Monday through to Friday, at 9.30am each morning, however other times can be arranged on request. These guided North Sydney shore dives are operated at Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, located at Shelly Beach in Manly.



Marine life at the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve

Weedy Seadragon at the Shelly Beach guided scuba shore dive in Manly

Scuba diving the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve dive sites is a must for any diver, as the location counts among the best shore dive sites in Sydney, and even Australia. As one of the few totally protected aquatic reserves in Sydney, marine life is abundant and thriving.

Port Jackson Sharks, Wobbegong Sharks, Giant Cuttlefish, Blue Groupers, Dusky Whaler Sharks, Gloomy Octopuses, Grey Nurse Sharks, Fiddler Rays, Sting Rays, schools of Goat Fish and Pomfrets, Frog Fish and Giant Flatheads are some of the regular residents you can see at the Shelly Beach shore dive site.

You might even catch a glimpse of the rare and elusive Weedy Seadragon.





Private guided shore dives at Shelly Beach

Blue Grouper in front of school of Pomfrets at the guided shore dive in Shelly Beach in Manly

The Shelly Beach dive site has a north facing aspect and is sheltered from ocean currents and swell, has a very easy entry and exit from the gently sloping sandy beach.

This makes Manly shore dives great for both certified and first-time divers who wish to do a discover scuba dive or DSD with one of our dive instructors or dive masters.

From modern changing rooms and newly updated toilet facilities, to big benches specifically designed and installed for divers to kit up in comfort, Manly’s Shelly beach dive site offers scuba divers everything they need for a great start and finish to your guided shore dive.

There is also a café and restaurant conveniently located right next to the gear up area, for your family and friends to wait while you do your guided shore dive.



The Sydney Dive Charters difference

Local marine life at the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve at Shelly Beach in Manly

Sydney Dive Charters stands out from other dive centres in North Sydney, as we provide a more personalised service. We offer a full range of the very best, top of the range scuba dive hire gear available which no other dive centre in Sydney offers. No need to pick up you hire gear yourself, our dive staff bring everything to the Manly dive site when we meet you there. For your convenience, we also offer free pick up from, and drop off at Manly Wharf, as street parking can be an issue in and around Manly. Sydney’s fast ferries operate around every 20-30minutes from Circular Quay wharf 2 or 3.

With over four decades of experience and local scuba diving knowledge, our dive guides and instructors will give you the ultimate shore dive experience you are looking for.

If you want to immortalise your experience, we offer underwater camera hires and ProShot underwater phone case hires so you can capture the highlights of your dive with your own phone. Alternatively, our dive guides will be filming and taking pictures throughout the dive, which you will be able to purchase.

If you are ready to experience Sydney’s best guided shore dive, then book your guided dive online today, or get in touch with Jason.