Narrowneck Artificial Reef Snorkeling
The 26th most popular snorkel dive spot in Queensland.
Sunday 21 January 2018 07:01 GMT
Just south of Gold Coast, the snorkelling at Narrowneck Artificial Reef allows divers to see sharks and lionfish. This artificial reef is located about 100m offshore of the main lifeguard tower at Narrowneck Beach. It was made from two parallel groupings of geotextile containers to control beach sand erosion but is now home to soft corals and sea grass. This growth is perfect habitat for cardinal fish, lionfish, pineapple fish, octopus and sea turtles. In the sand flats around the reef, keep an eye out for nurse sharks, wobbegong sharks, bull rays, cowtail rays, shovel nose rays and occasional eagle rays.
While most people recommend April and May, the surf can still be quite high for beach-accessed Gold Coast snorkeling spots. The best time of year for snorkeling at Narrowneck Artificial Reef is really from August to October when the surf is low and the visibility is higher. However, the water temperature is cooler, so you may want to wear a thick dive top for warmth.
Overall, Narrowneck Artificial Reef is the 26th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 43 snorkeling dives in Queensland. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Narrowneck Artificial Reef including Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Gold Coast Seaway, Kirra Reef, Palm Beach Reef, Wave Break Island and Spiral Beach.