Rise and Dive - Sunrise Adventures with Sunreef

Sunrise Dives with Sunreef

Sunrise Dives with Sunreef

Enjoy a single tank dive at sunrise and be back in time for work!

Early morning is the most active time for marine life, the vulnerable have survived another night of avoiding the nocturnal predators and are up early celebrating, the dominant are busy looking for their last feeding opportunity before they lose their advantage of darkness. All of this makes for a spectacular diving experience.

Choose from the trips below

Single tank Sunrise Dive on the HMAS Brisbane – experience the wonder of Australia’s best military wreck dive at first light. Known for an abundance of marine life this dive is sure to leave you stunned by the activity.

Single tank Sunrise Dive on the Local Reef – Witness the activity of marine life an vibrant coral reef communities on the move in the early morning.

Sunrise on HMAS Brisbane 

Sunrise on the Local Reef

More about the Sunrise dives we offer

The best way to start the day off is with a single tank dive. If you book on for a Sunrise Dive, we will be heading out at dawn for a single tank 50min/50bar dive and returning to the dock before 8am, just in time for work. Diving at sunrise provides divers with an exceptional show of bustling marine life and activity. On arrival you’ll make your descent as the sun breaches the horizon with just enough light to illuminate the dive site and all its busy inhabitants. Upon resurfacing the sun is bathing the Sunshine Coast with a warm early morning glow. As the rest of world is waking up you are making your way back from a refreshing underwater adventure, ready to start the rest of your day.

Local inhabitants on Sunshine Coast Sunrise dives

Some animals we see become more active on these dives are octopus and eels, lobsters and crayfish, turtles and rays. Fish we see during the day sometimes change their colours to camouflage with the environment while they sleep.

See our Ex-HMAS Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast Local Reefs dive pages for information on what you could expect for the underwater landscapes.

Divers please read the following

Trip confirmations: As with all our dives, your confirmation of the trip will depend on the sea conditions and weather. We will monitor this closely and if the weather or sea conditions are unsuitable, we will let you know as soon as we can. We will send out an email and text message the day before your trip around 3:30 pm to inform you of the status of the trip and its departure time. If you do not receive the text message and email you must call us on +61 7 5444 5656 we will not call you to confirm receipt of the messages. 

If you have not dived in the last 2 years or more: You will be required to complete either a Scuba Review/Refresher Course or a Reactivate Course before you can participate in any diving activities. We will be able to arrange these courses for you on most days at set times. Please contact us on +61 7 5444 5656 for more information.

Seasickness and equalization: If you find yourself dealing with seasickness or being unable to equalize, our crew will look after you and ensure you are comfortable and safe. However, as this is not something in our control we will not issue any rebookings or refunds for inablity to equalize or being seasick and not completing dives. We suggest you consider seasickness tablets to minimize the risk of seasickness affecting your trip. We will attempt where possible to help you equalize as we descend however we are responsible for the safety of all members of our groups therefore if we cannot in sufficient time and with the safety of the other divers help you descend we will take you back to the surface and you will be unable to complete that dive, we will however where possible take you back in on the second dive and help you try again.


If you have all your own equipment, please remember that to dive any of these sites you must have a snorkel, computer, SMB, a whistle. These items are required along with the rest of your scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, gloves).

If you don’t have all your equipment, all of the above required items are available for purchase or hire from our shop along with the rest of the necessary scuba equipment (BCD, tanks, weights regulators, mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit, gloves).

Diver Statement: Each diver must complete a Sunreef Diver Statement before diving with us. This will be sent out to you with your booking confirmation. If any of the medical questions on your Diver Statement or at check in are answered ‘YES’, a doctor’s clearance may be required before you can dive with us. If a doctor’s clearance is required and cannot be produced on the day of your dive, the cancellation policies on our Terms and Conditions will apply.

Parking: The Wharf complex has 4 hour parking available, however you will need to find suitable parking for the tour you are on as some of our trips will be over 4 hours. There are some unlimited parking spaces available outside of The Wharf Mooloolaba / SEA Life car park, however please keep in mind especially if you are on an 11:30 am or later trip that parking can get very busy. Please give yourself at least 15-20 minutes for parking. You can find a parking map of The Wharf Mooloolaba here.

Book a Sunrise Dive on the HMAS

Book a Sunrise Dive on the Local Reefs