Snorkeling in Australia? Top Tips and Spots for Your Adventure
Summer is just around the corner, and unless we already have our summer holidays booked, it’s time to make that big decision now. There is a plethora of options to choose from, and so many beautiful beaches in the world, that we most often than not rely on the prices and choose something that’s affordable.
However, what we fail to understand is that we can add a certain twist to the mix, and thus opt for a holiday that is definitely going to be different. Choosing a destination which is perfect for snorkeling is certainly something that will make this trip stand out. So, you want to have the option of snorkeling on your summer vacation? Then one of the choices that you can make is to go to Australia. Take a look at some of the best spots for your snorkeling adventure in Australia this summer.
Lord Howe Island
The first spot that you could have in mind is Lord Howe Island. This island is only two hours by plane from Sydney, which means that it’s perfectly well connected. It’s heaven with very rich underwater forests, white sandy beaches and amazingly clear waters. The reason why this place attracts so many tourists is the fact that you can see a wide range of fishes and turtles – you can experience the fascinating sea life. This lagoon is protected by a barrier reef, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable.
Top tip: Once there, don’t miss out on the environment tour. Apart from snorkeling, you might also want to experience coral viewing, and you can experience both of these things for only around $60.
Extending up to 2 kilometers, Busselton Jetty is definitely the world’s longest wooden pier. It’s a very popular tourist destination, not only because of its wooden pier and the clear blue waters underneath it, but also because this is an amazing place to go snorkeling. If you opt for this place, you will be able to see more than 300 varieties of fish and enjoy the fireworks displays of the coral reef.
Top tip: The jetty day pass costs $4. The best possible option is to buy high-quality snorkeling gear that you will use here to get the full experience. It’s definitely a place that you want to have on your radar if snorkeling is your number one activity.
The sight of the Tangalooma Wrecks on Moreton Island is perhaps one of the most fascinating sights in the world, but the true magic happens underwater. This is a very famous spot for snorkeling, and for a good reason: this place has many varieties of fish, turtles and dugongs. The surrounding sunk vessels (15 of them) only add to the snorkeling experience. This island is close to Brisbane, and it will take you about a day to reach there.
Top tip: The snorkel tour is around $60 per person. However, there is the option of simply buying the snorkeling ticket, which can be $25 per hour, or around $50 per day.
If you’re a beginner or you have children and you want to take them snorkeling as well, you should opt for the UNESCO World Heritage reef, Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. This is the largest fringing reef, and it covers more than 600,000 hectares of not only marine but national parks as well. If you want to see the home to more than 200 species of coral and 500 species of fish, this is the place to go.
Top tip: Bear in mind that the prices of the tours depend on the actual tours that you choose. There is a plethora of options to choose from, and you will certainly find an affordable one that you will love.
The Abrolhos Island
The reason behind why many people are obsessed with the Abrolhos Island is its structure. It’s made up of 122 smaller islands, which certainly makes this place one-of-a-kind. It has a tropical climate, which means that it is home to tropical sea life and birds. Even though there are many different water activities, snorkeling is the most popular.
Top tip: Even though different tour groups charge differently, there are tours that do not charge on the snorkeling equipment.
As you can see, your summer holiday can be extremely interesting if you choose the destination carefully. And why not choose a place where you could also swim, sunbathe and snorkel when you feel like it?