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Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide

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Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide
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Join your choice of a morning or afternoon excursion to Manly to snorkel in the clear calm waters of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Just a short hop from Sydney, see some of Australia's diverse marine life on this guided snorkeling tour. Your expert guide leads your small group of beginning and experienced snorkelers into the water from the beach. With group numbers limited to 10 participants, enjoy customized attention from your guide. Also, take a short guided walk on the headlands for fantastic views of the Northern Beaches.
  • 2-hour snorkeling and walking tour at Manly
  • Walk along the headlands with a knowledgeable guide
  • Enjoy a 1-hour guided snorkeling tour of Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve
  • Look for blue groper, cuttlefish and elegant wrasse
  • All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits provided
  • Suitable for beginning and advanced snorkelers, no experience necessary
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 10 people ensures personalized attention

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

You get to explore Manly on land and underwater with an expert guide who shows you the diverse wildlife found near one of Australia's major cities. Perfect for first-time snorkelers.
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Local guide
1 Hour snorkeling
Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, rash vest, flippers, foam floating noodles
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Shelly Beach , Shelly Beach, Manly NSW 2095, Australia

Departure Point: Shelly Beach, Manly, Sydney Address: Please arrive 20 minutes early to the meeting spot at Shelly Beach, Manly at the car park exit Bower St next to Manly scenic walk information board. Directions: From Manly Wharf - 30min Walk along Manly beachfront to Shelly Beach and up to car park exit Driving - Drive to end of Bower St to Shelly Beach car park. Allow 30mins - 1 hour to find park. Dates: Daily Return point: Returns to original departure point

This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your guide and small group at Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve, an area that covers approximately 50 acres (20 hectares) from the southern end of Manly Beach to the northern end of Shelly Beach headland. With the use of snorkeling equipment included and the knowledge of your local guide, this 2-hour tour is a great introduction to the underwater and land-based natural world of Manly Beach.

Begin with a short and easy nature walk on the headlands. Learn from your guide about Australia's natural environment and native animals, and hear fascinating details about Sydney's Aboriginal heritage and colonial history.

Next up, head to the water's edge to receive the provided snorkeling gear and a safety briefing. Your guide leads you into the calm water from the beach. Look for fish and other critters as they swim through sea grass meadows, rocky reefs and along the sandy bottom. Your guide can assist with any questions throughout your tour. You can start off by snorkeling in shallow water, then go deeper as your confidence grows.

Your guide details the marine life that you might spot underwater, including the most common species: blue groper and cuttlefish. Protected species such as seadragons, black rock cod and elegant wrasse have also been found here, among more than 160 species of fish in the reserve. Some species rarely leave the reserve's waters while others come and go regularly.

Choose from a morning or afternoon tour that is suitable for both new and experienced snorkelers.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear closed-toe shoes suitable for walking
  • Please bring swimwear, sunscreen, hat and towel
  • Please note: wetsuit options are available to use on the day of travel: rash vest, spring wetsuit (short arms and legs) and steamers (full body suit)
  • All participants must be able to swim 50 meters freestyle unassisted, float and tread water
  • All medical requirements must be declared to our staff once booking is confirmed.
  • Please note pregnant participants are not permitted to join the tour
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Cannot participate if you are pregnant
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY EcoTreasures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide.
What is the social distancing policy during Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide.

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Excellent snorkel trip
, Nov. 2019
This was an excellent trip. Sam, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic both in the short walk before the dive and the dive itself. She even took photos of us underwater. A beautiful place, made even better by the tour!
icon Response from Host , Nov. 2019
Awesome to hear you had an excellent trip. We are super lucky to have some amazing guides with a wealth of knowledge. Plus they are nice and enjoy the experience as much as the customers do. We get to snorkel in Sydney for a job and meet nice then show them around the amazing cabbage tree aquatic reserve. Thank you for your support Damien
Great Experience!
, Sep. 2019
Loved this trip, could not recommend it enough! Nerissa was extremely knowledgable and friendly! Thank you for a great experience, one we will never forget!
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2019
That's awesome. A experience you will never forget is a great compliment. We are very happy Nerissa created a fun and enjoyed experience for you. Thank you for the support.
Awesome experience
, Apr. 2019
Awesome experience! Our guide, Sam, was very knowledgable and friendly. Group size was small which was also great.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Thank you for the review. Yes our guides all love to show our guest the amazing underwater world of the Cabbage Tree bay aquatic reserve. The small group of maximum 8 people allows you have the best experience with your expert guide. Damien
Guide was very competent and...
Linda R
, Aug. 2017
Guide was very competent and informative. Enjoyed very much.
This tour was not so good. It was...
Martinus v
, Mar. 2017
This tour was not so good. It was raining and then we had a very short walk along the coast. The water was cold and not many animals around. I had expected more of it.
This snorkeling tour was beyond...
Lauren H
, Jan. 2017
This snorkeling tour was beyond amazing, the guide was really genuine and had so much knowledge about the ecosystem and habitat of Manly, specifically on Shelly Beach. My group of friends had so much fun on this trip and I would definitely do it again when I return to Australia.
this tour was awesome. Our tour...
, Jun. 2016
this tour was awesome. Our tour guide was very informative and helpful. Had 6 people in our group and he made sure we all were comfortable. Bought pictures and the pictures were awesome. I would recommend this to everyone and the price was very reasonable
Very good instruction and...
Linda R
, Mar. 2016
Very good instruction and information. Damien made sure to point out fish and that we were all safe. I enjoyed this tour.

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