The snorkeling in Australia is well known worldwide. There are numerous Australia snorkeling spots that are worth checking out. Select one of the regions below to get additional information.
Northeast of Sydney off Lord Howe in the Tasman Sea, the snorkeling in North Bay off the northwestern shore is known for an adjacent reef that has plentiful marine life such as wrasse, bluefish and drummer. There are nice spur-and-grove coral formations, along with extensive beds of seagrass in the Lord Howe Island Lagoon.
On the north side of Perth, the snorkeling at the Marmion Marine Park is known for scenic reefs providing habitat to diverse marine life. During Marmion Marine Park snorkeling you may encounter sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, humpback whale and southern right whales migrating. The sea lions are often found resting on Burns Rocks and Little Island.
Southeast of Gold Coast offshore of Fingal Head, the snorkelling off Cook Island Aquatic Reserve is known for its diverse marine life. During Cook Island Aquatic Reserve snorkeling, you may encounter batfish, angelfish, damselfish, blue grouper, clown fish, wobbegongs, stingrays, eagle rays and sometimes manta rays.
Far north of Perth and south of Exmouth, the snorkeling at Ningaloo Reef is well known for whale sharks encounters. The Ningaloo Reef is a 260km long fringing reef located 1,200km north of Perth. Part of the Ningaloo Coast Wold Heritage Area, the Ningaloo Marine Park has over 450 fish species and 200 coral species.
Off the northwest coast of Australia, the snorkeling at Christmas Island is excellent. The most popular snorkeling dive is in Flying Fish Cove near the Settlement on the northeastern side of the island. There is an annual migration of millions of red crabs that is spectacular to watch (November or December).
North of Cairns and northeast of Port Douglas, the snorkelling at Agincourt Reef on the Great Barrier Reef is considered one of the best snorkel dives in the world. The stands of elkhorn and staghorn coral in this ribbon reef provide habitat to marine life including sea turtles. During Agincourt Reef snorkeling, you may encounter unicornfish, clownfish, lionfish, giant clams, maori wrasse, garden eels and barracuda.
North of Perth and southwest of Coral Bay, the snorkeling at Purdy Point is known for amazing coral bombies and colorful staghorn coral. The Purdy Point snorkeling dive site is within the boundaries of the Ningaloo Marine Park.
North of Perth and southwest of Lakeside, the snorkeling at Turquoise Bay is good for families and beginners. The Turquoise Bay snorkeling dive site is located within the Mandu Special Purpose zone of the Cape Range National Park. The waters in the bay are generally calm and free of currents since they are protected.
North of Perth and west of Geraldton, the snorkeling at Abrolhos Islands is considered some of the best in Western Australia. Located in the Indian Ocean, many consider the Abrolhos Islands to have world-class snorkeling. WIth over 122 distinct islands, the Abrolhos Islands are divided into three named groups: Pelsaert Group, Easter Group and Wallabi Group. The coral reef system stretches over 100km and funnels warm southerly currents to create a combined tropical and temperate habitat.
North of Perth and south of Geraldton, the snorkeling at Jurien Bay Marine Park is known for colorful corals and sea lions. While you can snorkeling from offshore in the Jurien Bay Marine Park, some of the best snorkeling is boat-accessed out at the islands in the marine park.