Diving, snorkelling and swimming


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.

  1. Admiralty Islands

    Just 15 minutes by boat from Lord Howe rests an intriguing group of volcanic formations, dubbed the Admiralty Islands. Large pinnacles, coral reefs, larger schools of fish and diving depths of 15-40 metres...

  2. Aslings Beach

    Asling’s Beach is in the heart of the fishing village Eden, on the northern shores of Twofold Bay. The beach offers both surf and safe swimming, and is patrolled in summer. Conditions change regularly and...

  3. Balls Pyramid

    23 kilometres southeast of the island, the world's tallest sea stack and the site of some of Australia's most remarkable diving can be found - the 551 metre tall Balls Pyramid. Exploring the caves and waters...

  4. Bass Point Reserve

    Bass Point Reserve is a 72 hectare coastal jewel, located just south of Shellharbour Village and contains one of the few littoral rainforest areas in the Illawarra. The reserve is recognised as one...

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