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Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide

By Ecotreasures
Recommended by 94% of travellers
94% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Learn about Australia’s natural environment and native marine life on an easy nature walk and snorkeling tour. This tour is designed for visitors who want to learn more about Australia’s underwater and land-based environments and animals. Beginner snorkelers are welcome but you must be able to swim 500 feet (150 meters), float, and tread in water unassisted; a swim test is conducted at the start of the tour.
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Ages 8-99, max of 8 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Enjoy great views on a headlands walk and learn about local history 
  • Expert snorkeling instruction and use of all snorkel gear and wet suits
  • Small group with personalized instruction for all levels of experience
  • Learn about local marine life and see blue groper and cuttlefish

  • Local guide
  • 1 Hour snorkeling
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, rash vest, flippers, foam floating noodles
  • Binoculars
What's not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Choose your departure time and meet your guide at Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve. Next begin an easy nature walk along the headlands where your guide tells you about Sydney’s Aboriginal culture and local history. Arrive at Shelly Beach for a safety briefing and fitting of provided snorkel gear and wet suits. Your guide leads the group into the calm, clear waters where you look out for fish and other sea creatures. (Note: participants must be able to swim 500 feet, float, and tread water unassisted; a swim test is conducted prior to the tour) Your guide is nearby for help or answer questions and the area has shallow and deeper water so all experience levels are accommodated. Your guide identifies sea creatures that you see and gives an overview of what marine life you might spot including blue groper, cuttlefish and sometimes, protected species like seadragons and black cod. Your tour ends at the original departure point.

Start:
  • Shelly Head Lookout, 1/5 Marine Parade, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
    Shelly Beach Car park exit at disabled car spot Shelly Beach, Manly. There is only 1 car park at Shelly Beach. Please check Ecotreasures website for detailed map and instructions. Arrive before start time and allow ample travel time. Call phone if needed when at Shelly Beach.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9051SNORKEL

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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 150 meters 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
    • If you can't swim please do not book this tour.
    • Not available for non swimmers
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide?
    Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide price starts from AU$111.89. Discover and book Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide on Tripadvisor
    What is the Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide cancellation policy?
    Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide on Tripadvisor
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    How much time do I need for Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 2h 30m. Discover and book Manly Snorkel Trip and Nature Walk with Local Guide on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9051SNORKEL

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    • Ecotreasures
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      Joined in December 2010
    • blairb417
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Snorkel Tour
      I thought Sam was very knowledgeable and pointed out various species and gave good insight. Very surprised how close we were to great snorkelling!
      Written 5 February 2024
    • lollys2020
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful snorkel tour!
      Our guide, Cristina, was knowledgeable, kind and attentive to all of our needs. We had all different levels of snorkelers and she made sure we all had a good time and that we were safe. I would highly recommend this snorkel tour!
      Written 17 January 2024
    • Cara G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous value in a beautiful environment.
      Sam was a great guide. Obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about the natural world. Learnt interesting facts about the reef and wildlife that relies on it. Visibility wasn’t amazing, but it was good enough and I saw so much diversity under the water. (Have to respect what Mother Nature presents us with!). Didn’t realise there were so many species just off the coast.
      Written 9 January 2024
    • blowonthepi
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Guided Snorkelling Experience
      *Also posted on Google* We went on the 2.5hr Manly Snorkel tour. What an incredible experience seeing all the different fish as well as jellyfish and even a surprise visit from a school of some very small squid. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and good at conveying safety information and interesting facts too. She took care of everyone in our group and make sure we were all comfortable the entire time, making adjustments for people who weren’t feeling confident in an area. The tour went at a leisurely pace to accommodate first time snorkelers and to allow time to watch the animals for a bit. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody whether you’ve been snorkelling before and especially if you haven’t.
      Written 2 January 2024
    • GregKnox1976
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing adventure
      From the get go , the communication was great and the owner was very nice to talk with. The tour guide for snorkeling was great, very knowledgeable as well as very personable which I feel is important for a tour. Even with limited visibility our guide was able to show us fish and even a shark that I am not sure I would have seen on my own. Great company to work with.
      Written 22 December 2023
    • danielagY6221MP
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dani and Peter from germany
      The tour was amazing, Damien was the very best tourgide! Thank you so much. We will recomment you to our children for the next year!
      Written 13 November 2023
    • Navigate01899090533
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great snorkel
      Great snorkel. Very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Easy walk from Manley pier to Shelly beach. Loved the big blue grouper.
      Written 29 March 2023
    • 960corried
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Blue Mountains Hike!
      Such an amazing small business! We went on a gorgeous hike. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! There was an unexpected weather change but our guide clearly knew the area well and was able to adjust our plans so we could still have an enjoyable experience.
      Written 25 March 2023
    • Charlotte G
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Manly Snorkeling
      Such an awesome experience! Loved the snorkeling 🤿 The water was warm and super clear. Thanks for a great your Damian!
      Written 24 March 2023
    • Jocelyn L
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Our guide Victor was great. Knowledgeable and engaged. Tour was as advertised. Walk around headland was interesting.
      Written 16 March 2023
    • AussieTraveller0409
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The BEST way to start the day
      Dan’s sunrise stand up paddle boarding session was amazing. I’ve paddle boarded before but he showed me some super helpful tips. And the sunrise was stunning. Highly recommend starting the day with Dan on the water SUP-ing.
      Written 20 February 2023
    • Julie G
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Totally amazing safe fun
      This was a stellar experience. Our guide was knowledgeable about the local wildlife and pouinted out nesting sea eagles, rays, whiting, glossy black cockatoos and many interesting trees and phenomena. He was also a great teacher who had us all quickly confident on our boards and able to enjoy our time on the water. The Basin is beautiful and safe (shark net protected). We loved it and will be coming back often.
      Written 29 January 2023
    • Laine100980
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing camp set up
      I booked camping for 2nights for a family of 8. Damien was very thorough with the booking. I had not realised that even though we had changed the dates, my booking was still showing the wrong dates. Damien called on the day we were to arrive to confirm and he easily accommodated our change at the last minute! The camping set up that he put up was very well done and very clean. It looked really comfortable and everyone was very impressed and delighted. We had 5 teenage girls and they fit into the one tent with plenty of room to spare. The other 3 adults had a tent to themselves with even more room to spare. The tents were put up under plenty of shade that even in the afternoons, the tents were not hot. The basin itself is an amazing place. Plenty of room for everyone and plenty of activities to occupy the young and old.
      Written 23 December 2022
    • DezZhu
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic tour
      Fantastic tour. Damien is very insightful and friendly coach. It worth trying even you don’t have any previous experience like me
      Written 28 October 2022
    • kimpG4223PB
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great snorkeling
      Beautiful marine life with a friendly and knowledgeable guide. This is an adventure anyone could do and enjoy.
      Written 24 October 2022
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    scottlevy2018
    Melbourne, Australia13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We had the luxury of a personal tour with Sam. She is incredibly knowledgeable of the marine life and local area. Her tour was very enjoyable and she was constantly looking after us. A great snorkel tour and I highly recommend it to everyone from kids to older people
    Written 9 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you for the review. Yes the small group tour with maximum 8 people allows you to have a more engaging tour with our guides and the wildlife. Sam is an amazing laid back and knowledgable guide. Thank you for the recommendation
    Written 14 January 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Inspire718711
    2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip Advisor gave this tour 5/5. Which elevates expectation. 5/5 ought to mean the best snorkelling there is. It’s not, I’m afraid.

    This is a snorkelling trip you could easily make on your own. as we snorkelled more or less right next to the shore in fairly shallow water; even if you were to buy all equipment you would’ve gotten away cheaper.

    There weren’t particularly interesting fish to see, visibility was relatively poor and it was crowded. Also, as you were part of a group, you weren’t really at liberty to explore on your own.

    The instructor was friendly and fun. Having said that: when I complained about my goggles he blamed me for not shaving, several times. But when eventually we swooped goggles, it turned out that his experience was just the same. So that’s a minus. But again, he was friendly and fun, and did let me use his goggles.

    Having written all this: I’ve done diving in The Great Barrier Reef, as well as a lot of snorkelling in the Red Sea; Shelley Beach is nothing compared to those spots, so keep that in mind.
    Written 12 January 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    I don't know how to respond but I will. Firstly our staff are great, experience, highly skilled and a pleasure to tour with. We actually had another customer complain about you. The other customer inform us you were very rude to our staff. Please be kind to people and treat our staff with respect especially in front of kids. I could go on and on but your comments are actually funny. My favourite was you were upset you were in a group tour but you booked a group tour. Also you are an experienced diver but you arrived with a full beard and then got upset your masks leaked, swimming away from the group and not following your guides instructions. This behaviour can compromise group safety. Please if you are a grump grouch please don't infect a group tour and behave like a toddler and throw your toys out of the cot. I don't know what you had for breakfast that day but I would suggest to not have it again. I like all you 0/5 review across this platform. My tip to you is try be happy mate and don't bash small business online and behave as you did on group tours. Or maybe if you don't like group tours don't go on them. I'll leave you with one thought??? if you or one of your family (kids) got into trouble and our staff trained in water safety saved them, would you then value our service of providing safety of our clients as tour guides. Maybe yes I think.
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Peter
    Kensington, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020
    We enjoyed the stories and the guidance. As first time snorkelers we would have surely missed the shark hiding on the bottom in the seaweed and probably other fishes as well, if not for the guide.
    The experience was great as Jeremy was friendly and cheerful.
    Written 16 January 2020
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    How amazing that you got to witness a shark on your first snorkel experience. We are so lucky to have the Cabbage tree aquatic reserve to explore with our guests. Thank you for the support. Damien
    Written 23 March 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Muhammad Zhafra... B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Solo
    Amazing snorkel experience at Shelly Beach! Lots of fishes to see!

    It was nerve wrecking for me as it was my first time snorkelling but the guide was really great ensuring everyone is safe and enjoying the snorkelling.
    Written 25 October 2023
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    Epic and well done on getting it done. Now you have experience you can explore the underwater world. Thank you for the review and support. Team Ecotreasures
    Written 20 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Graham M
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Victor was great, knowledgeable and put some nervous children at ease very quickly. The walking tour showed a side to Sydney we would have completely missed without him. Snorkeling was fantastic, we were all a little nervous to swim in the sea, but the bay is well protected and we all felt confident with the guidance Victor provided. So many different fish and real inclusive event. Wlwell worth doing if your visiting Sydney.
    Written 29 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    You are correct. If you have not looked underwater in Sydney then you have not experienced Sydney. Our coast is part of our culture. Coastal culture includes, marine experiences, surfing, diving, walking, paddling. Locals live for their dose of vitamin sea every day. Our nice guides help you get to experience a slice of coastal culture with their help and knowledge. Thank you for the review support. Damien
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Elly C
    Blue Mountains, Australia54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    Very relaxed and enjoyable morning in Manly. Our guide Christina was very knowledgeable and spoke with passion about the conservation of the local environment. She answered questions from other travellers with ease and made everyone feel comfortable. The snorkelling tour was excellent, the water was a bit choppy on our morning so visibility wasn't as clear as other days, but the chance to see a reef ecosystem was incredible. Christina found the excellent balance of checking up on our group's comfort levels and letting us explore independently. An excellent tour
    Written 12 January 2024
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    Jill D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    Very well organized trip, accommodating to different needs and skill levels from first timers to experienced. Sam was a great guide, highly experienced and knowledgeable, caring, and took excellent care of all of us. Highly recommend if you’re looking to explore the underwater world at one of the most pristine and protected spots in Sydney!
    Written 22 March 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Yes Sam is an amazing snorkel guide. The small group tour allows us to help everyone who might have different experience. Good to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the experience. Thank you for the support. Damien
    Written 20 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Jude
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2021
    Had a fabulous time, Damien our guide was great, very knowledgeable and very good at making kids and inexperienced snorkelers feel comfortable. We saw lots of great marine life and the kids can’t wait to go snorkeling again. Can recommend this tour and ecotreasures highly enough.
    Written 25 January 2021
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    Our job is to help you have fun and keep you safe, and we have a good time doing it. Thank you for the kind review and stoked you enjoyed your experience. See you next time. Damien
    Written 17 May 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    smooth2p
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2024 • Couples
    What a day! Sam met my wife and me at Shelley Beach, got us set up and prepared quickly and we were in the water in no time. He knew exactly where to go and what to see, spent time describing the fish and reef along the way and made the trip one of our best ever! Great pictures and videos…just a great guide creating a great experience. Not sure we will ever have a better snorkel or water experience than our afternoon with Sam and Ecotreasures…thanks guys!!!
    Written 2 February 2024
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    Charlie N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Couples
    We did the tour in a group of 3, with Jeremy as our guide. Jeremy was an awesome guide who answered all of our questions and took us around the reserve to see the best spots to see fish and other marine life. I would really recommend this tour, thank you for a great morning Jeremy
    Written 3 January 2020
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    Awesome to hear you gained some knowledge and had a fun experience exploring with Jeremy. Thank you for the review. Damien
    Written 14 January 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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