This small group tour of the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is the perfect way to see Sydney's beautiful and diverse sea life. The protected reserve is located 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.
This semi-private tour will be led by an Ecotourism Certified guide who is knowledgable about the local landscape and the creatures who live there.
Your tour will begin with a nature walk led by your guide, who will provide you with information about the native wildlife, terrain, history and culture of Sydney and Manly Beach. After your walk, cool off with a refreshing snorkel in the clear blue waters of Shelly Beach on Sydney's northern coast.
As you snorkel, look out for the 200+ species of fish and other ocean creatures that inhabit the protected aquatic reserve. 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 photo package of group shots taken by your guide. Photos are complimentary with any booking through Backpacker Deals (normally valued at $45). The photos will be sent via email file transfer.
If needed, easy introduction lessons are available for first-time snorkellers and foam floating noodles are provided for extra safety.
Getting to Shelly Beach
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 one-way tickets cost $7.20 for adults and $3.60 for children. Once at Manly Wharf, you will need to walk approximately 20 minutes to Shelly Beach.
Tours run every day at 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm with minimum 4 and maximum 10 people (excluding blackout dates). Booking deadline is 6pm the evening before a tour.