Agincourt Reef Snorkeling

The 12th most popular snorkel dive spot in Queensland.

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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.

There are 16 distinct dive sites at Agincourt Reef. The water depth varies from surface down to 50 feet deep.

In addition to the diverse marine life, the Irukandi Jellyfish may also be present from November to April. This tiny box jellyfish is about one cubic-centimeter in size and is the most venomous jellyfish in the world. Snorkelers who have encountered the Irukandi Jellyfish have reported only a slight stinging sensation, and then 30 minutes later they have muscle cramps and nausea followed by increase blood pressure and heart rate. A sting usually requires hospitalization. A full-body stinger suit with hood is recommended from November to April when snorkeling here.

The Agincourt Reef is located 65km off the coast of Port Douglas. There are daily charter boats providing access from Reef Marina in Port Douglas.

Overall, Agincourt Reef is the 12th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 43 snorkeling dives in Queensland. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Agincourt Reef including Norman Reef, Heron Island, Hamilton Island, Lady Elliot Island, Low Isles and Langford Reef.

Best Agincourt Reef Snorkeling Review | Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Snorkeling Agincourt Reef (Australia)


Local Contact(s):  Great Barrier Reef Marine Park + 61 7 4750 0700; Pro Dive Cairns +61 7 4031 5255; Quicksilver Cruise Tours (61) 7-4087-2100; Diving Cairns Reef Tours +61-7-4041-7536.

Recommended Book:  "Great Barrier Reef" from Lonely Planet

Best Season:  Oct-Nov

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Article Source:   Best Agincourt Reef Snorkeling Review

GPS:  -16.016797, 145.848076

Date Published:  12/31/2011

Date Updated:  12/11/2016

ID:  24343

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