Popes Eye Marine Reserve

The horseshoe-shaped basalt rock structure is the foundation of what was to be an island fort in Port Phillip. It was built around 1880 and is now a marine reserve. It has a sandy bottom and up to three metres of water. Outside, the depth is 12 metres.

Popes Eye is home to many fish species, coral, kelp and colourful algae. It is a safe anchorage, making it popular with scuba divers and snorkellers. While the best time to dive is on the start of the ebb tide, it provides almost all-weather, all-current diving.

Location: Approximately 6km from Beacon Resort (launch from Queenscliff Harbour)