Snorkelling in the Whitsundays
Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef provides some of the best snorkelling in the world. Many of the northern anchorages offer sheltered shallow coves teeming with fish and other marine life and corals. You’ll be amazed at the many different varieties and colours and don’t be alarmed if you see a friendly turtle or huge Hump Headed Maori Wrasse pass you or a tiny fish wants to use you for shelter.
Listen for the many varieties of parrot fish that feast on the reef , they can be clearly heard chomping down breakfast! You’re in their world now and it's quiet entertaining seeing the daily goings on in this underwater environment.
All your snorkelling gear - masks, fins and snorkels - are provided free of charge with your bareboat charter*. Prior to your arrival, we ask you for your fin sizes and after the briefing we take you to the dive shop to be fitted out.
*A credit/debit card imprint is required upon snorkel gear collection in case of accidental damage or loss
Places to snorkel
During your area breif, your briefer will give you tips and best practices when fitting your mask and snorkel and point out popular snorkel spots. The copy on board of the 100 Magic Miles is also a good reference for snorkelling spots.
Important notes to mention are always keep an eye on your vessel, the current and the time. If you stray too far from the boat you may find it hard to swim against the current to get back. Always snorkel in buddy pairs and have someone stay on the boat as a lookout. Be careful not to touch the reef, some corals are sharp and cause cuts and grazes which could get infected in the tropical heat. Never stand on the reef, you’ll cause damage.
People with medical conditions and older people intending to snorkel should snorkel in a closely supervised area and wear a flotation device for support.