Ever swum amongst vibrant reef fish or majestic mantas? It is an experience that you won’t forget and one that you can enjoy when snorkelling in Queensland.
Lady Elliot Island
At the Great Barrier Reef’s southern tip, off the Bundaberg coast is Lady Elliot Island, one of the best spots to encounter manta rays especially during the winter season. It’s a popular family snorkelling destination with many underwater marvels to witness close to shore, while in deeper waters you can see turtles and dolphins too.
Keswick Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands, can be easily reached by boat from Mackay Hotels close to the marina such as Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel are ideal for those planning excursions to this island where you can snorkel above teeming coral reefs and tropical fish; highlights include spotting hawksbill and green turtles and manta rays.
Those snorkelling around Moreton Island will come across an artificial harbour with old ships that have been intentionally sunk here. Amidst crystal clear waters, they create unique backdrops to spot all manner of marine life be it lionfish, yellowtails, stingrays, kingfish, turtles, dolphins and even wobbegong sharks.
For snorkelling enthusiasts, one of the best things to do in Queensland is to also explore the Ribbon Reefs which can be reached from Port Douglas. This site is in fact, made up of 10 reefs home to marine species like parrotfish, potato cod and unicornfish. In June and July, you may even get the chance to encounter dwarf minke whales!