Diving, snorkelling and swimming

Highlights

See marvellous marine life

From World Heritage coral reefs to marine parks with seals, dolphins, turtles and myriad colourful fish, the underwater worlds of NSW are truly breathtaking. You'll find plenty of beautiful locations to snorkel and scuba dive, along with tours and scuba diving schools.

  • Montague Island, near Narooma
  • Couple snorkelling, Nelson Bay

Explore the pristine underwater worlds in NSW, where you'll see marvellous marine life and old ship wrecks in crystal clear waters. From clownfish and turtles to seals and dolphins, the beautiful waters of NSW are a haven for sea creatures large and small.

One of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling sites in the world is at Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage area for its remarkable geology and rare birds, plants and marine life. In the Lord Howe Island Marine Park, the world's southernmost coral reefs teem with over 500 species of fish.

Diving, Lord Howe Island

On the South Coast, Shellharbour is a gorgeous location with diving and snorkelling operators that can take you right to where the action is. Bass Point in Shell Cove is a marine reserve and one of the South Coast's scuba dive and snorkel hot spots. Farther south, Jervis Bay's marine park has resident dolphins and on Montague Island just off Narooma, you can snorkel or dive with seals.

On the North Coast, popular sites include Solitary Islands Marine Park near Coffs Harbour, Fish Rock near South West Rocks, where you can swim with grey nurse sharks, rays and king fish. Byron Bay is another great spot with the Cape Byron Marine Park, home to dolphins and sea turtles.

Impressive snorkelling and diving spots in Sydney include Gordons Bay, near Coogee, and Chowder Bay in Sydney Harbour, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. Botany Bay, Cronulla and Port Hacking in southern Sydney are popular too.