Osprey Reef Snorkeling
The 35th most popular snorkel dive spot in Queensland.
Friday 20 October 2017 06:49 GMT
Northeast of Cairns and Cooktown beyond the Great Barrier Reef, the snorkelling at Osprey Reef offers clear waters and big marine life to observe.
Osprey Reef is located about 350km northeast of Cairns and very far offshore in the Coral Sea. It is located to the east of Lizard Island and usually accessed by a long boat trip requiring a liveaboard. It is typically considered the northern most Great Barrier Reef snorkeling dive spot. While snorkeling Osprey Reef, you may encounter loggerhead turtles, manta rays, eagle rays and a variety of sharks including hammerheads, grey reef sharks, black-tipped, white-tipped and silvertips. The best time of year for snorkeling is the summer months of December to February when the water temperature averages 29c.
Overall, Osprey Reef is the 35th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 43 snorkeling dives in Queensland. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Osprey Reef including Norman Reef, Heron Island, Hamilton Island, Lady Elliot Island, Agincourt Reef and Langford Reef.