Diving, Snorkelling and Swimming
In pristine underwater worlds along the beautiful NSW coast, you’ll see myriad marine creatures, kelp forests, colourful corals, rocky reefs, sea caves and old shipwrecks. From clownfish and turtles to seals and dolphins, amazing diving and snorkelling experiences await you in crystal-clear waters.
A range of diving and snorkelling tours is available, too. One of the best cave dives in the world and a haven for grey nurse sharks is Fish Rock Cave, off South West Rocks, on the North Coast. On the South Coast is Montague Island, a world diving hotspot with colonies of fur seals and little penguins.
Another spectacular diving and snorkelling site is Lord Howe Island, a UNESCO World Heritage paradise 600km east of Port Macquarie. In the Lord Howe Island Marine Park are the world’s southernmost coral reefs, teeming with more than 500 fish species as well as turtles and dolphins.
Just north of Sydney is the Central Coast, where there are gorgeous beaches, wildlife sanctuaries and an artificial reef created from a scuttled warship, the Ex-HMAS Adelaide. About 1.8km off Avoca Beach, the ship rests 32 metres below the surface. There are diving tours to this popular spot.
Other wonderful diving spots include:
- Merimbula Wharf, in Merimbula
- Jervis Bay Marine Park, in Jervis Bay
- Bushrangers Bay at Bass Point, near Shellharbour
- The Fly Point-Halifax Aquatic Reserve, in Port Stephens
- Solitary Islands Marine Park, near Coffs Harbour and Wooli
- Julian Rocks Aquatic Reserve, near Byron Bay
- Cook Island Aquatic Reserve, near Tweed Heads
Along the NSW coast are great snorkelling locations, such as rock platforms at Scottish Rocks Beach and Murrays Beach in Jervis Bay. The crystal-blue waters of the bay are home to dolphins, fur seals and hundreds of fish species. Stroll along the White Sands Walks for breathtaking views of the bay.
Port Stephens is another snorkelling destination. Join a cruise at Nelson Bay and visit dolphins and popular snorkelling spots. With Dolphin Swim Australia, relish the exhilaration of swimming with short-beaked or bottlenose dolphins on the only permitted wild dolphin swimming tour in NSW.