Merimbula Divers Lodge

LEARN to scuba dive with experienced instructors from SSI dive school. Train for a career in the dive industry.

DIVE from our exciting SCUBAPRO speed boat and from our beautiful Sapphire Coast. Wreck dive on the Empire Gladstone, Tasman Hauler and the Henry Bolte.

SEE the amazing sea life of the Sapphire Coast – including weedy sea dragons, cuttle fish, rays, seals & tropical visitors.

STAY at our budget lodge in the centre of town in Merimbula or comfortable pet friendly family accommodation at Tura Beach.

SHOP at our well equipped dive shop in Merimbula or our online shop with free delivery in Australia! Check our current prices for courses and gear hire.

Scuba Diving School

New to Diving?  , Looking for more skills?  , Ready for leadership? 

Merimbula Divers Lodge conducts dive courses and programs for all levels, from introductory dives and experiences, right up to instructor training with SSI . Courses are delivered using world renown and accredited materials, agencies and programs, from SCUBA Schools International (SSI). If your previous training is with Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI) there is no problem – both organisations are recognised.

We have a dedicated classroom with electronic presentation aids. Internet access is available.

There are courses & programs for those that are new to diving, courses for qualified divers, and leadership courses for divers that aspire to a career in the dive industry. In all our courses, although there is a theory element, training is mainly practical & hands-on.

Start Learning to Dive for Free …

You can start your SSI open water course right now, online for free! Our Open Water course involves theory and pool work, 5 training dives and free mask, snorkel, fins and boots and special diving club offers – Open Water information

current prices


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Dive Safety

Diving involves physical activity in an environment hostile to human life. It requires a reasonable level of fitness and there are some medical conditions that make diving more risky. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire, should there be any doubt about your medical condition a dive medical examination will be needed.

The South Pacific Underwater Medical Association (SPUMS) maintains a list of fully trained dive medical doctors. Ideally your dive medical should be completed by one of these doctors. However any trained doctor can complete the medical. We recommend you see your own doctor prior to coming to Merimbula. We can provide a standard examination form with information on the risks of diving to assist your doctor during the examination.

Divers Alert Network linkWe offer Divers Alert Network (DAN) first aid and other safety courses and recommend joining DAN for you diving insurance needs.

Dive Shop

Merimbula Divers Lodge sells and hires all you need for scuba diving. We have two air and one nitrox compressors. Our equipment is maintained to high standard and we can service your equipment.

Our Dive Masters can assist and accompany you on your dive, helping you to enjoy your experience.

Current prices for our most common dives and courses.

We are a proud Scubapro retailer.





Three apartments in the heart of Merimbula at the Divers Lodge.

Each apartment has a well equipped kitchen, lounge with TV, 2 bedrooms containing bunk beds, sleeping up to 8. (BYO linen or a linen pack can be hired) and one bathroom. Free Wifi. Only a short work to all the restaurants and shops.

There is ample room for cleaning and storing dive gear. With the dive shop on the premises all your diving needs are met. Cost is $29 per person per night group share. Weekly rates, whole apartment or group discount available – please enquire. Sheets & towels can be hired for $10 per stay.

Divers Lodge front Merimbula Lake Beach

Family Friendly home at Dolphin Cove

dolphin cove

A short drive from Merimbula we offer a comfortable apartment on the ground floor. Sleeping 8 people in 4 bedrooms with two bathrooms, it is great for a family friendly holiday. Pet friendly – fenced yard for dogs.

A solar heated pool perfect to learn to dive and relax is outside your door. The beach a short walk away, every room has views of the ocean. Please note the pool is a shared area.

Containing everything you need for a great holiday – playground, trampoline, BBQ, FOXTEL TV, Xbox, DVD, Video, Stereo, fully equipped kitchen (incl dishwasher and microwave), laundry, linen and towels supplied and furniture for infants at no extra charge. Dolphin Cove has free wireless internet access.

Diving Sites and Trips

Local Dive trips can be organised on almost any day (weather permitting) – usually a minimum number of 4 divers is required for a boat dive.

Wreck Dives, Shore dives, Boat dives, Seal Diving

View some albums of our dive trips.


Maldives 2018


 live aboard luxury

Trip of a lifetime! Live aboard diving in the Maldives.

We are going to try to charter the whole boat to ourselves.

  • Up to 20 dives with tanks, weights and dive guides
  • To / From Sydney
  • Airfares via Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • Overnight twin share accommodation in Male with breakfast
  • 7 nights twin share accommodation on board MY Maldives Master with 3 meals per day, daily snacks &  soft drinks.
  • Towels and linen

A complex formation of reefs has evolved from a huge volcanic mountain range. Ocean currents have eroded the atolls’ rims creating Channels or “Kandus” that allow water to flow in and out of the atolls to the open ocean. The Channels are deep and narrow, home to larger species feeding on smaller reef life and plankton which is swept through the channels by the ocean currents. The main attractions on Channel dives are the pelagics such as Eagle Rays, Dog Tooth Tuna, and schooling Grey Reef Sharks.

Circular Reefs or “Farus”, normally located in the ocean channels, rise up from the ocean floor. Usually between 1 – 30 metres deep, these reefs generally offer the easiest diving in the Maldives and is where you will find fan corals with macro life such as moray eels, nudibranchs, frog fish, leaf fish and glass fish.

The Maldives is also known for its Manta Cleaning Stations. Here you will find sometimes up to 20 manta rays gracefully hovering over the cleaning station, while cleaning wrasse nibble away at unwanted parasites.

Inside the atolls the currents are weak but on the side facing the open ocean currents can be very strong. Reef life is most prolific on the point of the current and the possibility of spotting macro life is high. There are a few wrecks but Maldives is most famous for its pelagic life – manta rays, whale sharks, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and turtles are found in the Maldives year round.

Total Price from $4262

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