Manly Snorkel and Headland Walk Eco Tour

Explore the underwater world of Manly's marine reserve, spotting over 200 species of fish and other sea life
Manly, Australia

What's Included

  • Get up to $10 cash back per person when you book with us

  • 2-hour guided nature lover's tour to experience the coastal culture & marine life of Manly

  • Enjoy wildlife spotting on a 1-hour snorkel session at Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve

  • Use of all snorkelling equipment & wetsuits 

  • Safety brief, snorkel instruction & expert commentary from your experienced local guide

  • Take a headland nature walk to soak in amazing views of the Northern Beaches

  • Advanced Eco Tourism Certified nature experience

  • Enjoy a complimentary photo package to take home & show your friends

What to Expect

Join this small group tour of the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve for the perfect way to discover Sydney's beautiful and diverse sea life. The protected marine reserve is located in a sheltered bay at Shelly Beach, just minutes from Sydney's famous Manly Beach. The area is recognised for its diverse wildlife, coastal villages, beautiful walking trails and pristine beaches.


Your experience will be hosted by an Ecotourism Certified guide who is knowledgeable about the local landscape and the creatures who live there. Begin with a headland nature walk led by your guide, who will provide you with information about the native wildlife, terrain, heritage and culture of Sydney and Manly Beach. Enjoy sweeping views over the stunning beaches and coastline, keeping an eye out for many species of coastal birds and migrating whales in the right season (May to November). 


After your walk, cool off with a refreshing snorkel in the clear blue waters of Shelly Beach on Sydney's northern coast. While you snorkel, look out for the 200+ species of fish and other ocean creatures that inhabit the protected aquatic reserve, including the endangered Blue Gropers.


Wade through the bay's seagrass meadows and rocky reefs as your qualified guide provides more information on the native flora and fauna. Once done with the tour, you will receive a complimentary photo package of group shots taken by your guide as a keepsake of your precious memories. 


If needed, easy introduction lessons are available for first-time snorkellers and buoyancy devices are provided for extra safety. 


Departure info

Tour departs from the car park at Manly's Shelly Beach, at the end of Bower Street. If you are coming from Sydney City, you can catch the Manly ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf. The ride takes approximately 30 minutes and once at Manly Wharf, you will need to walk approximately 20 minutes to Shelly Beach. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Comfortable walking shoes for headland walk and flip flops/sandals to wear for walk from car park to beach 
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming gear/swimsuit
  • Refillable drink bottle
  • Towel
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Not at all! This tour is suitable for beginners. Brief introductory sessions are available if required, however, please note, all participants must be able to swim at least 50m unassisted, float and tread water to join the snorkel. 

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Terms & Conditions:

  • All participants must be able to swim 50m freestyle unassisted, float & tread water to join the snorkel tour. A swim test will be conducted at the start of the tour & there will be no refund for non-swimmers

  • Minimum age for water activities is 8 years

  • All participants must be at the arranged departure location at least 20 minutes before departure time

  • The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is a “NO TAKE” marine zone. No fishing of any kind or taking any species including shells is permitted. Fines apply for any breaches of these laws

  • Children aged between 8-12 years require an adult to accompany them for water-based activities

  • Participants under the age of 18 years must be signed in by their responsible guardian; no unaccompanied minors will be allowed

Cancellation Policy:

  • Free cancellation with more than 24 hours notice prior to departure

  • Within 24 hours of experience date, no show & late arrivals: Forfeit 100% of tour cost 

  • Tours will run in all weather conditions & will not be cancelled for bad weather unless unsafe to do so. In the event your tour is cancelled, a new date will be offered to you

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