Snorkelling the Ningaloo Reef
The following snorkel sites can be reached by conventional vehicle but for the more adventurous, there are sites that can only be reached by 4WD. Please note that for sites in the Cape Range National Park entrance fees will apply. For information on the variety of tours on offer contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre.
Lakeside is a great snorkel spot for swimmers of average fitness and capability. From the carpark walk 400m south along the beach to the marked entry point. Snorkel out in a northerly direction for 150m before returning to original entry point. Lakeside is located in the Cape Range National Park.
Turquoise Bay Snorkelling within the Bay is quite rewarding and easy - a perfect spot for beginners to practice their skills! Enter from the beach and snorkel out over coral and marine life. Currents don’t exist in the Bay area but always check conditions to be sure. Turquoise Bay is located in the Cape Range National Park.
Turquoise Bay Drift Snorkel Considered to be one of the best snorkel sites in the area, this drift snorkel is definitely worth a go! From the ‘Drift’ car park you can access the drift snorkel, be sure to exit the water at the sand bar by swimming straight out. From the ‘Bay’ car park you head south out of the Bay about 300m where you enter the water. Swim straight out and let the current carry you north over coral bombies. Exit near the sand bar. Be aware that this area can possess strong currents due to a break in the reef further out. These currents are usually strongest around the sandbar at the southernmost point of the Bay. This snorkel site is suited to swimmers of an average fitness and snorkelling ability. Please be sure to check either at the DEC office in Exmouth or at the Exmouth Visitor Centre for tide charts as it is recommended to snorkel at Turquoise Bay Drift Snorkel on Low tide.
Oyster Stacks This site is great for fish life and is best accessed on a high or incoming tide. Take care entering the water as the shoreline is rocky with some sharp oyster shelled areas. Enter the water at the end of the walking track and snorkel either north or south. This site is located within the Cape Range National Park.
Always be aware of currents, weather conditions and tidal movements before entering the water. Never touch coral or marine life - you may damage it or it may damage you! Snorkel equipment can be hired from the Dive Centres in Exmouth and Coral Bay, Tours N Travel, Exmouth Mini Golf and from the Milyering Visitor Centre in the Cape Range National Park.
Bills Bay is located at the end of the Coral Bay road. The sheltered waters make for an ideal swimming and fantastic snorkelling beach. Easily accessed by foot from any accommodation in Coral Bay. Average water depth is around 3 metres. This particular snorkelling site is close to the boat mooring area so please be aware of moving boat traffic while snorkelling.
Purdy Point is located 500m south of Bills Bay, just past the big red rock. Snorkelling from this point allows access to some fantastic coral bombies. Please stay away from offshore channel markers as there is often a lot of boating activity here.
Other recommended sites such as Oyster Bridge and The Lagoon require 4WD access. There are tour companies that offer tours to these snorkel areas. For more information please contact the Exmouth Visitor Centre.
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