Enjoy diving at The Haven, Terrigal or see the Ex-HMAS Adelaide off the coast of Avoca Beach. Terrigal Dive Shop sits on the waterside of beautiful Terrigal Haven. Learn to scuba dive in tranquil Terrigal Haven, improve your scuba diving knowledge and qualifications with advanced or specialty dive courses, refresher dives or scuba updates. Terrigal Dive offer a large selection of boat dives and wreck dives.
The Ex-HMAS Adelaide is a former Australian naval warship that was purpose prepared and sunk to create an artificial dive reef. Located approximately 1.8km off Avoca Beach, this site has been prepared and optimally located to make it attractive to divers of all levels of experience. The ship measures 138.1 meters from bow to stern, with a beam of 14.3 metres and original displacement of 4100 tonnes. Diver access holes are strategically placed throughout the vessel to allow easy access to explore all parts of the wreck.
Divers will recognise the captain’s chair, console and chart table from the bridge, the helicopter hangars, the operations room complete with the shells of weapons and sensor consoles, the crew’s cafeteria and a limited number of bunks and amenities. Scuttled before an estimated 18,000 thousand strong crowd on April 13, 2011 the Ex-HMAS Adelaide is home to an establishing healthy marine community, where along with encrusting “first settlers”, the shipwreck is now home to a growing marine community which includes the giant eastern cuttlefish, eastern blue groper, kingfish, blennies, yellowtail, octopus, banner fish and bat fish to name a few.
A permit is required to dive or snorkel the Ex-HMAS Adelaide site and divers must access the site aboard a boat with a mooring booking.