Snorkelling off the beaches and rocks around here is like having your own big aquarium to play in.
The pristine waters of the Batemans Marine Park are home to exotically coloured fish, glowing jellyfish, big cruising rays, waving sponge beds and lush green kelp forests. Montague Island is recognised as one of the top ten dive spots in the world and swimming or snorkelling with the seals off Montague Island is a world class ‘Must Do’ experience. The snorkelling trails below offer suggestions for family-friendly snorkelling in shallow calm water, to more adventurous trails.
The following dive operators provide a range of dive experiences and offer equipment hire, training, boat charters and advice on the greatest dive sites:
Click here for detailed information on the Batemans Marine Park
Scuba diving and snorkelling activities can cause damage to fragile marine systems including:
Divers in the marine park are asked NOT to:
Popular snorkelling spots include McKenzies Beach about 15 minutes south of Batemans Bay, Guerilla Bay, Broulee Beach (north or south and off the island), Shelley Beach near Moruya, Pedro Point at South Head Moruya, Mystery Bay, the southern end of Handkerchief Beach near Narooma and south side of Potato Point near Bodalla.
Diving experiences in Eurobodalla are many and varied and are available all year round. From reefs and caves to deep gutters and drop offs - whether you’re a first timer or experienced diver we have a dive spot and tour to suit you.
Montague Island is considered one of the best dive spots in the country. It’s a diving gem really, as you get up close to Australian and New Zealand fur seals that inhabit the nature reserve. The seals seem to delight in playful encounters with diving visitors. Not to mention the variety of colourful underwater marine and plant life.
A Tollgate Islands dive, just a 10 minute boat ride from Batemans Bay, is a unique and exciting experience at any time of year.
For the more experienced diver a must do dive would be at one of the spots renowned for Grey Nurse sightings. The Tollgate Islands and Montague Island are both within the Batemans Marine Park and are protected Grey Nurse habitats.
Download a free copy of Snorkelling in Eurobodalla for great diving and snorkelling tips. Also available at the Visitor Centres, or by phone 1800 802 528.
Know the rules before you go out on the water.