Ocean to Plate

Have you ever wanted to collect your own seafood? If the answer is yes, please, keep reading. Here, on the Far South Coast of NSW you can do just that! ACWA’s team of knowledgeable local guides provide helpful insights along with high quality equipment to help you collect your own premium Australian seafood such as Blacklip Abalone, Eastern Rock Lobster, Mussels and Sea Urchin. This can all be achieved by snorkelling in the sheltered and pristine waters of the Far South Coast.  

It gets better! After you have worked up an appetite collecting your own seafood it is time to sit back and relax as your guide demonstrates how to prepare and cook these oceananic delights. Watch or get involved in preparing the freshest and most memorable seafood meal you will ever enjoy. In addition to what we collect ACWA also sources local Sydney Rock Oysters, Twofold Bay Prawns, sourdough, Tilba Cheese & local Rusty Fig wines. The end result, a smorgasbord of the very best Australian seafood coupled with the best local produce on offer.

Our guides take care in educating you about the target species, their environment, applicable fisheries management, collection techniques, snorkel diving safety/techniques, marine life and much more. To ensure the long term health of our shallow reef environments ACWA follow a set of basic principles/practices to minimise our impacts.

1. Only collect enough for a single meal

2. Cyclically rotate locations visited to collect seafood

3.  Comply to legal size and bag limits set on the basis reliable marine research

4. Do not disturb marine life unnecessarily including under sized specimens

5. Teach best practices so they can be followed into the future

6. Source local produce from reputable supplies


·         NSW recreational Fishing Licence Fee

·         High quality snorkelling and seafood collection equipment

·         Local guidance on sustainable marine harvest

·         Live and interactive demonstration of seafood preparation

. Photographs of the days experience

·         Fresh Twofold Bay prawns (subject to seasonal availability)

. Selection of locally produced Tilba Cheese and Rusty Fig wines

. Gourmet Sydney Rock Oysters from Pambula Lake

. Seafood smorgasboard including the days catch

. Stone & Wood Pacific Ale & Fresh Australian Orange Juice

·         Outdoor dining experience in picturesque surrounds

. Seafood cook to prepare, cook and serve an unforgettable seafood smargasboard

Duration 5-6 hours

Price Adult $350 Child $150 (under 16)

Min-Max 4-6

Bookings To ensure the long term health of our shallow reef systems ACWA only conducts the Ocean to Plate experience on select dates. Please contact Scott Proctor on 0439 421 986 or via email info@acwadventures.com if you would like to find out more.

Start ACWA is a mobile business operating between Eden and Bermagui. Where you are staying and the weather conditions at the time of your planned tour will determine the snorkelling site selected. Site selection is confirmed 3 days prior to the tour (to get an accurate weather prediction). Once the site has been selected you will be notified and directions will be provided if needed. If you are not comfortable with the directions provided we are happy to meet you in the nearest town and convoy to the snorkelling destination. Complementary transportation can be provided for up to 4 guests.  

Note: Some sites (very few) require dirt road access.  

Generally we like to start tours at 830 am to beat seasonal winds. However, there is room to be flexible with starting times if an 830 am start is not suitable for you.   

What to bring- Towel, sun protection, swimwear to go underneath a wetsuit (best to put on before arrival), any medication if required and a really good seafood appetite

The Ocean to Plate is a totally unforgettable seafood experience. ACWA’s premiere tour is an amazing opportunity to enjoy the regions very best produce, seafood and activities on offer. Over the course of the day you will learn new skills, gain insights in to local seafood industries, explore pristine marine environments and enjoy the freshest seafood meal you will ever have.

Collecting seafood can be physically demanding it is recommended that participants have a reasonable level of fitness and are relatively strong swimmers. If you want to improve your abilities prior to the Ocean to Plate experience a we recommend doing plenty of swimming and practicing diving down to collect objects in a controlled environment such as a pool or in sheltered waters.

Due to the nature of this tour we can cater for non-swimming customers that would still like to join.   

Brilliant, 10 Star Experience,
Have not stopped telling people about this wonderful experience. Scott is a delightful and professional guy. Highly recommended. The highlight for me was the food preparation, an eating of course !, an experience in its self . I have snorkelled and picked up seafood before, but having someone to prepare a 5 star meal in beautiful, relaxed surrounds on a cliff above a bay! Superlative! . You do not have to have any experience. All gear and instruction is provided. If you have friends from overseas or from overseas yourself. A MUST DO! Wonderful for solo, couples or small group and different ages. Suit fairly active mature women.
— Suzanne R, TripAdvisor