Looking for a mini break from the hustle and bustle of city life and don't want to dip too much into your savings? Jump on a barge, ferry or your own boat and head over to the third largest sand island in the world, Moreton Bay Island. Moreton Bay Island is known for its natural attractions, with pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and also for the 'Tangalooma Wrecks' located off the southwestern coastline of the island.
The Tangalooma Wrecks are made up of 15 large vessels that were sunk in the 1960s sunken ships for the purpose of creating a break wall for recreational boating and fishing in Moreton Bay's protected waters. Snorkelers and divers exploring the Tangalooma wrecks will discover an underwater playground for tropical fish, big and small reef fish and other marine life. Some snorkelers and divers will be fortunate to glimpse a sight of the frightening wobbegong sharks, or the peaceful dugongs and dolphins as they too swim in and around the rusting hulls of the wrecks.
There is not much skill needed really in snorkelling except an ability to swim confidently, a little bit of marine knowledge and snorkelling know how. You can hire snorkelling gear and watercraft vessels from Tang tours hire huts which are located on the beach, part of the Tangalooma Island Resort. For those of us, who are not super confident swimming in open waters (like me), I would recommend booking a tour to familiarise yourself with the ocean. There are glass bottom boat tours, most of the time you will view only reef fish and some coral formations too. The illuminated glass bottom boat tour is a beautiful way to spend an evening in Moreton Bay Island, however, please do not snorkel or dive after dusk. Another really cool way to view the sea life is by hiring a transparent kayak. I have yet to experience cruising in a transparent kayak and I would imagine that this experience would be truly unique. Sounds unreal!