Best Cook Island Aquatic Reserve Snorkeling

The 4th most popular snorkel dive spot in Queensland.

  Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia


  January 19, 2018

Southeast of Gold Coast offshore of Fingal Head, the snorkelling off Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is known for its diverse marine life. During Cook Island Aquatic Reserve snorkeling, you may encounter batfish, angelfish, damselfish, blue grouper, clown fish, wobbegongs, stingrays, eagle rays and sometimes manta rays. Of course, one of the most popular attractions at this snorkeling spot are the green sea turtles, which if approached slowly, you can get reasonably close for a good photo (just don’t touch them).

The Cook Island Aquatic Reserve offers boat-accessed snorkeling trips. To reach Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, the boat starts the jetty in Coolangatta. It’s a 15 minute boat ride out to Cook Island. Once out at the island, there are thirteen mooring buoys around the island.

TIP: If you are going to the Coolangatta jetty, make sure to snorkel the secret Spiral Beach spot.

Overall, Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is the 4th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 43 snorkeling dives in Queensland. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Cook Island Aquatic Reserve including Gold Coast Seaway, Kirra Reef, Wave Break Island, Spiral Beach, Palm Beach Reef and Narrowneck Artificial Reef.

Local Contacts:  Cook Island Aquatic Reserve 1300 550 474; Cooly Dive Snorkel Tours; Gold Coast Tourism +61 7 5536 4709.

Best Season:  Apr - May

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Fingal Holiday Park (07) 5524 2208

Luxury Loding:  Ocean Plaza Resort, Coolangatta

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  -28.195577, 153.57581

Date Published:  1/6/2012

Date Updated:  1/19/2018

ID:  23781

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