The 9th most popular snorkel dive spot in Western Australia.
Friday 12 August 2016 06:46 GMT
North of Perth and southwest of Lakeside, the snorkeling at Lakeside is a popular dive site. The Lakeside snorkeling dive site is within the boundaries of the Ningaloo Marine Park.
After reaching the car park, walk south along the beach for 400m to the marked water entry point. Snorkeling out, and then head north for 150m before returning to the marked water entry point.
The Ningaloo Reef is a 260km long fringing reef located 1,200km north of Perth. The Ningaloo Marine Park is part of the Ningaloo Coast Wold Heritage Area. In addition, the reefs are breeding grounds for green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and loggerhead turtles. You may encounter reef sharks and manta rays as well. Ningaloo Reef is home to several species of sharks from blacktipped and whitetipped reef sharks up to great white sharks. There are shark attacks every year, though most encounters are by surfers and spear-fishermen. There is the occasional reef shark bite though in the shallow inshore lagoons. This reef is known to be occasionally frequented by the venomous Irukandji jellyfish and also the larger box jellyfish, so make sure to check with dive shops prior to heading out.
Overall, Lakeside is the 9th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Western Australia. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Lakeside including Turquoise Bay, Oyster Stacks, Thevenard Island and Montebello Island Marine Park.