South of Cairns off the north coast of Townsville, the snorkelling off Orpheus Island offers plentiful giant clams in waters sheltered by a fringing coral reef. There are over 1,100 species of fish and over 340 species of hard corals to be found around Orpheus Island. During Orpheus Island snorkeling, you may encounter green sea turtles, manta rays, bull rays and an occasional reef shark. The best Orpheus Island snorkeling is on the lee side of the island north of the resort.
Orpheus Island is located roughly 80km north of the coast from Townsville. There is regular seaplane service from Townsville to the resort on the island.
Overall, Orpheus Island is the 21st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 37 snorkeling dives in Queensland.