Head to Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, located on Sydney's northern beaches at Manly, to meet your guide and small group for your 2-hour tour.
Covering approximately 50 acres (20 hectares), Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve stretches from the southern end of Manly Beach to the northern end of Shelly Beach headland. Start your guided tour with a short 25-30min nature walk on the headland and hear informative commentary about the the region's wildlife and Australia's natural environment, along with an overview of the Aboriginal heritage and colonial history of Sydney.
After checking out the headlands, go over to the beach where you receive a safety briefing and your snorkeling gear. Your guide explains the types of marine life you are likely to see underwater, then leads you from the beach into the calm clear waters.
You can snorkel in shallow water and go deeper as you feel increased confidence. Look for fish and other critters as they swim through sea grass meadows, rocky reefs and along the sandy bottom. Your guide can assist with any questions throughout your tour.
More than 160 species of fish have been spotted in the reserve, including species that come and go, and others that rarely leave the reserve. Some of the most common species include blue groper and cuttlefish, with protected species such as seadragons, black rock cod and elegant wrasse also been found here.
With your snorkeling equipment included and the knowledge of your local guide, this 2-hour tour is a great introduction to the underwater and land-based natural world of Manly Beach.
Shelly Beach, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Returns to original departure point
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please wear closed-toe shoes suitable for walking
Please bring swimwear, sunscreen, hat and towel
Please note: wetsuit options are available to use on the day of travel: rash vest, spring wetsuit (short arms and legs) and steamers (full body suit)
All participants must be able to swim 50 meters freestyle unassisted, float and tread water
All medical requirements must be declared to our staff once booking is confirmed.
Please note pregnant participants are not permitted to join the tour
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Cannot participate if you are pregnant
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Posted By : Deborah W
This was an excellent trip. Sam, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic both in the short walk before the dive and the dive itself. She even took photos of us underwater. A beautiful place, made even better by the tour!
Posted By : J R Adams A
Loved this trip, could not recommend it enough! Nerissa was extremely knowledgable and friendly!
Thank you for a great experience, one we will never forget!
Posted By : Hannah L
Posted By : Linda R
Guide was very competent and informative. Enjoyed very much.
Posted By : Elinor S
This tour was amazing!
Posted By : Lauren H
This snorkeling tour was beyond amazing, the guide was really genuine and had so much knowledge about the ecosystem and habitat of Manly, specifically on Shelly Beach. My group of friends had so much fun on this trip and I would definitely do it again when I return to Australia.
Posted By : Yvonne
this tour was awesome. Our tour guide was very informative and helpful. Had 6 people in our group and he made sure we all were comfortable. Bought pictures and the pictures were awesome. I would recommend this to everyone and the price was very reasonable
Posted By : Linda R
Very good instruction and information. Damien made sure to point out fish and that we were all safe. I enjoyed this tour.
Posted By : Corrine V
Awesome experience! Our guide, Sam, was very knowledgable and friendly. Group size was small which was also great.
Posted By : Martinus v
This tour was not so good. It was raining and then we had a very short walk along the coast. The water was cold and not many animals around. I had expected more of it.