Palm Beach Reef Snorkeling
The 40th most popular snorkel dive spot in Queensland.
Sunday 21 January 2018 07:01 GMT
Off the Gold Coast, the snorkelling at Palm Beach Reef is known for good marine life. While the Gold Coast is generally considered to be void of reefs, this is the exception of a natural off-shore reef in area. This large rocky reef is located about 300m off-shore of Palm Beach and provides habitat for soft corals and sponges.
During Palm Beach Reef snorkeling, you may encounter stingrays, whalers, brommies, blue wrasse, painted wrasse, parrtfish and the occassional hammerhead. During the summer months, keep a watch for leopard sharks and Wobbegong sharks. The water depth above the top of the reef is about 5m.
The best time of year for snorkeling at Palm Beach 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, Palm Beach Reef is the 40th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 43 snorkeling dives in Queensland. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Palm Beach Reef including Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, Gold Coast Seaway, Kirra Reef, Wave Break Island, Spiral Beach and Narrowneck Artificial Reef.