Whitsundays Snorkel Sites
Snorkel Sites of the Whitsundays
BLUE PEARL BAY
Once your catamaran has been moored in the bay, snorkellers will be taken to the beach on the boats tender. Snorkellers will get the chance to walk in from the sandy beach and to explore the many coral formations and the abundance of fish life that live throughout.
Blue Pearl Bay is the home to a giant Napolean Wrasse called Priscilla, she is a very inquisative fish and will come up close to snorkellers and divers try her luck at finding food.
From a sandy beach entrance, coral stretches out on either side. The reef runs parallel to the shoreline at an average depth of around 3 metres, offering a chance for snorkelers to get the best view of the corals and fish, with the ease of accessing the water from the beach or tender boat.
One of the more popular sites at the north of Hook Island and understandably so. With the "City of Nemo's" visable from the surface, where at least four pairs of Anemone Fish live in and protect the Spaghetti Coral from preditors. Free diving to get a close up of these fish will show you how territorial they are when they swim out to see who you are! From here you can follow the magnificent 'Crack of Distruction' where many plate corals have overweighted themselves and fallen into a canyon to create a gorgeously lined gully full of a large variety of fish, including a large Maori Wrasse.
MANTA RAY BAY
With only 2 public mooring buoys, this is by far one of the most secluded snorkelling you will find around the Whitsundays. Witness the corals below the surface growing to create amazing swim throughs and channels for the fish to dart through and under. In the winter months, May to September, expect to be blown away by the graceful giant mantarays that shelter in this bay, giving it it's name. It's always a joy to see the many Damselfish that swarm this bay. They will be sure to come up to investigate this new 'snorkeler-shaped' fish, swimming in their bay!
When conditions are right this snorkel site offer a massive range of colour and shapes in the coral. Just a few metres off the shore there is a coral wall that drops down to around 10 metres. The tide can lower the water level down to so shallow the coral nearly shows through the surface!
Great for drift snorkelling! The reef surrounds the small island, but the North East side is by far the most protected from current and contains some great snorkelling. Float above the big schools of fish and scattered bommies with little effort and have your Whitsundays Catamarans crew pick you up at the other end of the beach.