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ALONG WITH THE best beaches
we are blessed with an amazing
array of marine life and on-shore
reefs that defy imagination.
Limited heavy industry and a
low population has left most of it
in pristine condition, something
you realise as a unique gift after
travelling the so-called "top dive
locations" in Europe and Asia --
they simply don't come close. The key to making the most of snorkelling is to
get good gear, stay warm and only go in conditions that meet your confidence
levels -- fear and panic tend to ruin the fun. Here are a couple of places to
start that are beautiful but also easy to access and safe.
NINGALOO REEF, CORAL BAY (top) if you get in at Turquoise Bay, you'll be
mere metres from the reef. The entire reef encompasses 5000sqkm; making it
one of the largest fringing reefs in the world and one of the only reefs you can
get to by simply stepping off the beach and into the water. The Great Barrier
Reef for example is a full day return trip from the coast and visitors spend
more time on a boat than they do in the water.
THE BASIN, ROTTNEST (above) Only a 10-minute walk from Thomson
Bay, immerse yourself into the pool of turquoise water straight off the beach,
surrounded by a reef basin. Swim out through a few gaps to see most of the
fish. The best time to snorkel is around 11am onwards when the area is
generally calm. While on Rottnest, try Little Salmon Bay and Parker Point, or
any one of hundreds of other bays that are simply world-class and right on
our door step.
METTAMS POOL, TRIGG A lovely calm snorkelling area only 30 minutes
from Perth, Mettams is one of the only metro snorkelling spots worth its salt.
WOODY ISLAND, ESPERANCE -- Experience Shearwater Bay's marine life
along this snorkel trail hot spot. The water here is f-f-freezing, so perhaps
invest in a wetsuit before you set off.
THE LAGOON AT YALLINGUP BEACH watch the surfers make the most of the
terrific breaks just outside of the reef and then hit the waters for a stunning
snorkel. The lagoon is a safe, enclosed area that is ideal for those not terribly
confident in their swimming abilities.
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