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Sydney Snorkeling


Sydney Snorkeling

Sydney is graced with an abundance of stunning locations to go snorkeling. Your children will be astonished by the colourful array of marine life on display at these sites. Sydney Harbour has more marine species than any other harbour globally - over six hundred different kinds of animals have been identified in Sydney Harbour alone! With its pristine waters and tranquil atmosphere, snorkelling in Sydney is a truly unforgettable experience.

children will be astonished by the colourful array of marine life on display

How to Snorkel

Improve Your Swimming Skills

Take some swimming lessons at your local pool if your swimming abilities aren't great. Focus on the freestyle style since that's the one you'll be using when snorkeling. Improved muscular strength and endurance will enable you to snorkel for longer and with less effort, allowing you to focus more on the environment instead of struggling to breathe.

Snorkeling Equipment

It's critical to pick the right snorkelling equipment, as with all of the options available. It's better to get gear from a reputable diving company than a big box store since their personnel is trained on how to ensure that items fit your requirements properly.

The most important part of the snorkeling gear is the mask, as it needs to fit snugly around your face to prevent water leakage. A good seal is essential to keep the water out and stop salt from getting into your eyes and mouth.

Snorkels come in a variety of forms and sizes, but the most important aspect is to get one with a semi-dry design. Even if it's a little more expensive, choose a semi-dry snorkel. You don't want water flooding your snorkel and then entering your mouth. A dry snorkel isn't worth the extra money since it is heavier and produces more drag.

Fins are also an important part of the equation, as they help you easily move through the water. But again, it's important to get the right size; if they're too big, they'll be difficult to swim in, and if they're too small, they won't provide enough thrust.

 A wet suit/dive skin is warm and protective, especially in temperate seas around Sydney. The thermal protection will allow you to stay longer in the water and enjoy it more.

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Marine Life Seen While Snorkeling in Sydney

Sydney's coast is home to many great snorkelling spots where you can find an impressive diversity of marine life.

 One of the best things about snorkeling in Sydney is that you don't have to go far to find an abundance of marine life. The waters just off the coast are teeming with fish, coral, and other sea creatures, so you're sure to have an up-close encounter with something unique and interesting no matter where you decide to go. Here are some of the most common sights you'll see while snorkeling in Sydney 


Sponges, corals, and long thin sea whips provide lovely clusters of tangled growth in the same way that gardens on land are. Sea tulips are one example of a creature that appears to be a flower, plant, or fruit.


Sponge Gardens Sydney

Blue Gropers

The Blue Grouper is a type of fish that can grow to be rather big. They’re blue or grey and have a prominent lower jaw protruding from their mouths. Blue groper sightings are common near rocky reefs or other locations with lots of boulders. Snorkeling is an excellent method to get up close and personal with Sydney’s especially friendly blue groper. Alongside these fascinating creatures, snorkelers can also encounter sea slugs, adding to the rich tapestry of marine life in Sydney waters. These colorful sea slugs are part of the diverse underwater biodiversity, alongside fish and octopus, offering a glimpse into the vibrant marine ecosystem.

Friendly Blue Groper

Giant Cuttle Fish

The Giant Cuttlefish is one of the most beautiful creatures in the sea. It grows to be about a metre long, and its body is covered in intricate patterns. The giant cuttlefish uses its camouflage abilities to Blend into the background and ambush unsuspecting prey. These amazing creatures are often found in Sydney waters.


Sydney's Giant Cuttlefish


Sydney is home to several species of turtles, including the Green Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, and Hawksbill Turtle. The area's snorkeling spots are also a haven for a variety of sea turtles, showcasing the rich biodiversity of Sydney's rocky reefs and bays. These gentle giants can often be seen grazing on seaweed or taking a nap in the sun.

Sydney's Turtles


Did you know that Sydney is home to a plentiful population of dolphins? If you're lucky, you might even see them swimming and playing in the waters around Bates Bay while snorkelling. There's truly nothing more exhilarating than unexpectedly coming across a pod of these friendly creatures.

Port Jackson Sharks

Port Jackson Sharks get their name from the area in which they're commonly found--around Sydney. And although these small, bottom-dwelling sharks might look dangerous, they really aren't; their teeth are more like plates than anything else. So there's no need to worry if you see one of these lovely creatures while swimming!


Clownfish are tropical fish that are commonly orange with white stripes. They often grow to be about 10cm long and can typically be found in warm waters. as was depicted in the movie Finding Nemo, they sometimes get carried away from the Great Barrier Reef to Sydney on the Eastern Australia Current (EAC).

Nemo in Sydney

Moray eels

Moray eels are a type of snake-like fish that can grow up to 10 feet in length. They're usually brown or greenish-brown in colour, with spots or bands running down their body. Moray eels tend to hide among rocks or coral, so keep an eye out for them while you're exploring Sydney's waters. 

Sea Horse

Sea horses are a type of fish known for their horse-like head and curled tail. They're usually yellow, brown, or orange, and they can grow to be about 8 inches long. Sea horses are often found in seagrass beds or among sponge gardens.

 The Best Snorkelling Spots in Sydney

Are you looking for a new and exciting adventure in Sydney? If you love the water and are looking for a way to explore the underwater world, then snorkeling is for you! Sydney has some of the best snorkelling spots in Australia, with crystal-clear water and abundant marine life. Here are Sydney's top ten sites for snorkeling in Sydney:

1. Clovelly pool

Clovelly Pool would have been Sydney's finest place for novices to snorkel. It's a natural bay that has now been enclosed in concrete. At one end is an open sea, with a rocky shoal protecting the pool, and at the other is a sandy beach. The Blue Groupers live at the pool and will follow you around it if you punch your fist into your hand. Keep an eye out for octopuses crawling across the floor of the pool.

2. Little Bay Beach

Little Bay Beach is one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches, offering calm waters that make it a simple snorkel spot on calm days, emphasizing the gentle conditions suitable for snorkelers. The bay faces east, which means it is exposed to powerful ocean waves. However, the shallow, calm waters within the bay’s boundaries ensure little current, making it ideal for discovering abundant underwater species and colorful marine life. Outside the heads of the bay, there may be movement in the water, usually from north to south. In the summer months, Cuttle Fish, Octopus, schooling baitfish, and King Fish are all common visitors to Little Bay. In addition, running Blackfish can be spotted along its beaches here.

3. Bare Island

Situated in Botany Bay, the popular Bare Island is Sydney’s most popular location for both scuba diving and snorkeling enthusiast. The eastern coast of the island features a rocky reef, offering an underwater landscape rich in diverse marine life and ideal conditions for snorkeling and diving. As an added bonus, the island also provides some of the best rocks and reefs exploring in Sydney. Bare Island is home to many types of fish, turtles, port jackson sharks, and stingrays - there’s something for everyone to discover underwater. Among the vibrant marine life, divers can also spot the red Indian fish, adding to the diverse underwater ecosystem that makes this spot so unique.

Port Jackson Sharks at Bare Island

4. Shelly Beach, Manly

Shelly Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney and is also a great snorkeling spot. The beach is located within Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, home to a vast array of fish and other marine life. There is also a shipwreck located offshore, a popular spot for divers. To get to Shelly Beach, you can take a ferry from Manly Wharf or walk along the scenic coastal path. Every snorkeler in Sydney should plan to snorkel Shelly beach.

5. Gordon's Bay, Coogee

Gordon’s Bay is the only snorkelling destination in Sydney that boasts a dedicated underwater nature trail. Located within Botany Bay National Park, this unique spot is home to a diverse array of fish and other marine life, including starfish and cuttlefish, which can be observed along the trail. The clear waters and the variety of submarine dwellers make it an exceptional place for those looking to explore the underwater world. There are also many rocks and reefs to explore, adding to the allure of this exclusive snorkelling spot.

6. Fairy Bower Beach, Manly Cove

Fairy Bower Beach is located within Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve and is a great place for snorkeling. The beach is home to many different types of fish as well as turtles and stingrays. There are also many rocks and reefs to explore. To get to Fairy Bower Beach, you can take a bus from Manly Wharf or walk along the scenic coastal path.

7. Oak Park Cronulla

Oak Park is another popular spot for snorkeling. The beach is known for its waves and clear water. Visitors can see a variety of fish, turtles, rays and other sea life.

8. Cabbage Tree Bay Manly Cove

Cabbage Tree Bay is home to many different types of fish as well as turtles and stingrays. Observers can marvel at the variety of vividly hued fish species, including the friendly Blue Groper, among the at least 160 fish species that make their home here. There are also many rocks and reefs to explore.

9. Camp Cove

Camp Cove is a picturesque, protected beach in Sydney Harbour that boasts amazing snorkeling. It's also one of the prime locations in Sydney to spot Weedy Sea Dragons. These vibrantly coloured creatures are commonly mistaken for seahorses, but they're classified as fish. You'll likely see many other types of fish here, too, like Blue Gropers and Mullet.

10. Gordons Bay

Gordons Bay, located in the south of Sydney near some of the city's top snorkeling locations, has an underwater nature trail. It's a tiny beach with crystal blue water that is secluded and tranquil; it's wonderful for anyone looking to relax and forget about their stressors while surrounded by nature.


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