Hamilton Island Snorkeling

The 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot in Queensland.

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Southeast of Cairns and Townsville, the snorkelling off Catseye Beach on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef is known to offer good clarity and dramatic coral formations. There is a coral reef encircling Hamilton Island and Catseye Beach provides the best snorkeling access to it. The best time of day for snorkeling here is at low tide.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park consists of a range of over 600 tropical islands and coral cays. The Great Barrier Reef has roughly 1,500 species of fish and over 400 types of hard coral, along with 130+ species of rays and sharks. In addition, there are over 30 shipwrecks within the marine park.

To reach the snorkeling on Catseye Beach from the coast, use the ferry from Shute Harbour into Hamilton Island marina. Alternately, there are some flight options into Hamilton Island Airport.

Overall, Hamilton Island is the 2nd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 43 snorkeling dives in Queensland. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Hamilton Island including Norman Reef, Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island, Agincourt Reef, Langford Reef and Bait Reef.

Great Barrier Reef (courtesy of WikiMedia Commons)

Great Barrier Reef (courtesy of WikiMedia Commons)

Great Barrier Reef (courtesy of WikiMedia Commons)

Great Barrier Reef (courtesy of WikiMedia Commons)

Hamilton Island Snorkeling Map



Local Contact(s):  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park + 61 7 4750 0700; Pro Dive Cairns +61 7 4031 5255.

Recommended Book:  "Great Barrier Reef" from Lonely Planet

Best Season:  Oct-Nov

Base Camp:  Palm Bungalows, Hamilton Island; Airlie Waterfront B&B +61(7)4946-7631

Luxury Loding:  Hamilton Island Beach Club; Palm Bay Resort +61-1300-655-126.

Reference Source:  click here http://www.hamiltonisland.com.au/

GPS:  -20.344104, 148.956896

Date Published:  1/14/2012

Date Updated:  7/24/2016

ID:  23586

Hamilton Island Snorkeling Map


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