Snorkelling in Sydney
A snorkelling adventure is a wonderful way to experience Sydney’s natural underwater beauty, from seahorses in Sydney Harbour to kelp forests and rocky reefs teeming with marine life near the seashore. You might even spot Bluey, a blue groper, while exploring Clovelly’s sheltered bay.
Bays and coves along the spectacular Sydney coastline are havens for colourful marine creatures. In Sydney Harbour are big-belly seahorses, wobbegong sharks and hundreds of other fish species. In Manly, near the ferry wharf, is a colony of little penguins – the smallest penguin species in the world.
Great snorkelling spots in Sydney include:
- Clovelly Bay at Clovelly Beach
- Gordons Bay between Clovelly and Coogee
- Fairlight Beach and Cabbage Tree Bay near Manly
- Chowder Bay and Balmoral Beach near Mosman
- Bare Island, Congwong and Little Bay near La Perouse
- Wattamolla Beach in the Royal National Park
You’ll find an exciting range of snorkelling tours. You can join Sydney Underwater Scooter Tours and explore the amazing waters of Gordons Bay, which is in the Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve. The rocky reefs, kelp forests and sandflats are home to blue gropers, a protected species in the reserve.
Hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide across the harbour to Manly, where the Dive Centre Manly and EcoTreasures will take you snorkelling in the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Blue groper, cuttlefish, wobbegong sharks and sea dragons are a few of the numerous species in the sanctuary.
From December to March, Sydney Harbour Discovery offers a cruise to icons such as the Sydney Opera House and to a secluded beach in the Sydney Harbour National Park. Bring your own snorkel gear or hire equipment aboard the boat and explore the vibrant world under the sparkling waters.
Another harbour snorkelling tour is with Spirit Fleet. You’ll enjoy the iconic attractions above and below the water on Sydney Harbour, which is also known as Port Jackson. You might even spot a harmless Port Jackson shark or a giant cuttlefish, the largest species of cuttlefish in the world.