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Where To Find The Most Magical Spots To Snorkel On The Coast

By Olivia Hillier
4th Nov 2018

best snorkel spots gold coast

Get your flippers and togs ready, that suns beaming even brighter on the Coast and we've got all the best spots for you to dip your snorkels in our beautiful beaches and hidden getaways.

You’re going to want to grab your gang, make friends with someone with a boat and start ticking off our list of the best places to get face deep in the Gold Coast’s beautiful blue waters.

Wavebreak Island

Main Beach 

If you're new to snorkelling, this is a great place to start as there are many tours that you can jump on to experience the gorgeous underwater views (complete with coral reef) of the Coast in a totally chilled out environment. You do need to get to Wavebreak Island by boat, but you can hire them to get to the island from Surfers Paradise and the Nerang River.

Palm Beach Reef

Palm Beach

At Palm Beach you can float over beautiful, colourful coral and fish darting through the gorgeous reef. And not for the faint hearted, you might even spot a couple of big fish too as this spot is known for being home to stingrays and a couple of leopard sharks.

White’s Beach

Byron Bay 

Because we’re so nice, we’re going to let you in on this Byron locals secret. Sure, it’s not exactly on the Coast but this one is worth the day trip down south to Byron Bay. Head out to Broken Head Beach, make a swift right up a dirt road just before you get to the beach, follow the secret road until you see signs for White's Beach and voila, you are in one of the most magical places in the world! Take your snorkels into the water on a calm day or get amongst the rockpools to gaze under the bluest water and catch a glimpse of stunning wildlife.

Kirra Reef


Kirra Reef is an absolute must do when it comes to snorkelling on the Gold Coast. You’ll see most of the same aquatic life the Palm Beach Reef but at Kirra, you'll be able to snorkel from rock to rock which is pretty damn cool. We recommend you take an underwater camera with you for this one, this is a truly picturesque view of what lies beneath the surface.

Cook Island

Tweed Heads

Take a 10-minute boat ride to Cook Island just off the Tweed Coast for a snorkelling experience to remember. Want to know the best reason to go and check out Cook Islands? Aside from the jaw-dropping beaches you'll be snorkelling with turtles! At Cook Island, you can go on a snorkelling tour or head out by yourself to get a complete view of the island's fish, reef, coral and turtles. Local divers have even named the turtles on Cook Island, so you may find yourself snorkelling alongside Crush, Cookie or Picasso.

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Image Credit: Unsplash 

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