Located in Queensland, the snorkeling in Great Barrier Reef offers over twenty awesome snorkel dive spots. The best Great Barrier Reef snorkeling based on popularity are considered to be Heron Island, Hamilton Island, Norman Reef, Lady Elliot Island, and Langford Reef. For a detailed dive site description and printable snorkel dive map, just select a Great Barrier Reef snorkeling dive below.
North of Cairns and northeast of Port Douglas, the snorkelling at Agincourt Reef on the Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the best snorkel dives in the world. The stands of elkhorn and staghorn coral in this ribbon reef provide habitat to marine life including sea turtles. During Agincourt Reef snorkeling, you may encounter unicornfish, clownfish, lionfish, giant clams, maori wrasse, garden eels and barracuda.
North of Brisbane off the coast of Gladstone, the snorkelling at Lady Elliot Island is considered to be the best snorkel dive site on the Great Barrier Reef. The fringing coral reef around the island creates a large lagoon that is teaming with marine life. With some of the highest visibility, the water clarity can be up to 75 feet. During a Lady Ellliot snorkeling dive, you may encounter flute fish, anemones, blue chromis, surgeonfish, unicornfish, triggerfish, green sea turtles and loggerhead turtles.
North of Cairns and northeast of Port Douglas in the Great Barrier Reef, the snorkelling in the Low Isles offers over 150 species of hard and soft corals. While diving this 50 acre reef, you'll observe plenty of staghorn coral and brain coral formations. During Low Isles snorkeling, you may encounter clownfish, angelfish, parrotfish, angelfish, damselfish, wrasse, sea turtles, stingrays and reef sharks in these protected waters.
North of Cairns, the snorkeling off Lizard Island is truly exceptional. There are several lagoons to explore with plenty of coral heads. It is so healthy that there is a marine research station operated by the Australian Museum on the island. The water clarity ranges from 25-50m in the winter to 18m in the summer.
Southeast of Cairns and north of Whitsunday Island, the snorkelling at Langford Reef is a popular beach-accessed dive site. This family-friendly, boat-accessed dive site is known to always be pretty quiet due to its seclusion. The extensive Langford Reef is just offshore of Langford Island. The best snorkeling is located on the long Langford Spit Beach, which mostly disappears at high-tide, at the northwest end of the spit. During a Langford snorkeling dive, you may encounter parrotfish, wrasse and green sea turtles amongst 50 types of soft and hard corals.
Southeast of Cairns and north of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef, the snorkelling at Bait Reef is considered the best in the Whitsunday Islands. The off-shore reefs provide habitat to wrasse, parrotfish and green sea turtles amongst dozens of types of corals. The visibility is typically 30 to 60 feet.
Southeast of Cairns and east of Whitsunday Island, the snorkelling at Haslewood Island is well known for its crystal clear waters and fringing coral reef. The best snorkeling on Haslewood Island is at Chalkies Beach on the western coast.
Northeast off the coast of Cairns, the snorkelling off Green Island is well known for encounters with stingrays, turtles and occasional migrating humpback whales. The water depth varies from 3 to 30 feet deep.
North of Brisbane off the coast of Rockhampton, the snorkelling off Great Keppel Island offers colorful reef life around the fringing reefs. While snorkeling, you may encounter the maori wrasse, clownfish and sea snakes in the surprisingly crystal clear waters.
Southeast of Cairns, the snorkelling off Moreton Island is best known for the numerous shallow wrecks. Located just north of the Tanglalooma Island Resort, there are fifteen wrecks partially sunk to create a man made reef. Many Queenslanders consider this the best Queensland snorkeling dive site. During Tangalooma wreck snorkeling, you may encounter yellowfish, kingfish, dugong, green turtles and the occasional wobbegong shark. The water is known to be exceptionally clear and the water depth ranges from 6 to 30 feet deep.