Montebello Island Marine Park Snorkeling
The 21st most popular snorkel dive spot in Western Australia.
Saturday 9 July 2016 06:49 GMT
Off the north coast of Western Australia, the snorkeling at Montebello Island Marine Park offers world-class dives. Located off the Pilbara coast and about 20km north of Barrow Island, the Montebello Island Marine Park has 250 islands spread over 58,000 hectares. The marine park has over 150 species of hard coral and 450 species of fish. In addition, you may encounter 10 species of whales and dolphins, dugongs, green sea turtles, hawksbill turtles and flatback turtles.
The protected islands have no facilities. There are charters to the marine park from Onslow, Exmouth and Dampier. Camping without fires is permitted on the beaches of Primrose Island, Northwest Island, Crocus Island, Bluebell Island and Hermite Island.
Note: The region is known for cyclones from November through April so make sure to use caution and watch for warnings. In addition, the waters of the marine park are habitat for stinging jellyfish, so make sure to bring plenty of vinegar to reduce the pain.
Overall, Montebello Island Marine Park is the 21st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 24 snorkeling dives in Western Australia. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Montebello Island Marine Park including Oyster Stacks, Turquoise Bay, Lakeside and Thevenard Island.