Sydney's Best Beaches for Snorkelling

Sydney's Best Beaches for Snorkelling

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Posted 2013-03-20 by Ivana Katzfollow
Most Sydneysiders only get to see the beach from the sand, but very few experience the wonders of our underwater world. You don't need to be a certified scuba diver to see what goes on beneath the surface. Simply rent or buy snorkelling gear and go exploring.




If this is your first time snorkelling, there are a few things you should know about;

Prevent snorkel mask from fogging by cleaning it with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Scrub it in hot water and rinse it. Use anti-fog every time you snorkel. You can either buy an anti-fog product and spray it in your mask or use a mild solution of baby shampoo and water.

Spend a bit more money and get a dry snorkel or at least a snorkel with a splash guard. A dry snorkel has a special valve on top that seals shut when your snorkel goes underwater.

[ADVERT]Ensure you get fins that fit properly – they should be neither too tight nor too loose.

Before heading to the beach, it's a good idea to try your gear on and have a little practice in a pool or calm shallow sandy beach. That way you can make adjustments to your mask and practice purging your snorkel of water by blowing hard to force the water out.

If you find your mask is leaking, make sure your hair is not under the skirt of the mask or that the mask is not too tight or loose.

The trick with snorkelling is to stay relaxed and calm and breathe as you normally do. Swim slowly and for safety, make sure you have a snorkelling buddy with you.

Before you take off to the beach, read these Snorkelling Tips and check out Snorkel Safari website

There are over 500 species of sea life in the harbour including seadragons, cuttlefish, seahorses, octopi, blue swimmer crabs, pygmy leatherjackets, Port Jackson sharks, starfish, blue groper and many many more. Here are some great Sydney beaches, which are ideal for snorkelling.

Shelly Beach
Bower Street, Manly


North Bondi Beach
Campbell Parade, North Bondi


Clontarf Reserve
Sandy Bay Road, Clontarf


Balmoral Beach
The Esplanade, Mosman


Chowder Bay
Morella Road, Mosman


Collins Flat
Collins Beach Road, Manly


Manly Cove
West Esplanade, Manly


Little Manly Beach
Stuart Street, Manly


Chinamans Beach
Parriwi Road, The Spit


Bare Island & Congwong Beach
Anzac Parade, La Perouse


Gordons Bay
Gordon Avenue, Coogee

Shiprock
Shiprock Road, Dolans Bay

Camp Cove
Victoria Street, Watsons Bay

Oak Park
Ewos Parade, Cronulla

Clovelly Beach
Eastbourne Avenue, Clovelly

Once you get the taste of this exciting world, you may want to take it to the next level and book in for scuba diving lessons with Abyss or Pro Dive Sydney



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