Description

2hr Manly Snorkel and Headland Walk Eco Tour Experience

Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve – Shelly beach, Manly.

Small group 8 persons. 160+ fish species recored in the protected area.

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What will you experience on the Manly snorkel tour?

Experience inclusions

  • Interpretive guided tour with an experienced local Manly Snorkelling tour guide
  • Advanced Eco Tourism Certified nature experience
  • 1 hour guided Manly Snorkelling Tour of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve
  • All equipment and wetsuits included on the Manly Snorkelling Tour
  • Safety brief and snorkel tips provided on the Manly Snorkelling Tour (10mins)
  • Headland nature walk with great views of the Northern Beaches (30mins) – Approx 800m loop trial with easy gradient
  • Tour photos
  • Free 24hr cancellation policy

Experience highlights

  • Experience Australia coastal culture with local marine expert
  • Learn about the diverse wildlife of the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve
  • Small group tour maximum 8 people
  • Choice of masks wetsuits included
  • Search for the endangered species like famous Blue Groper’s in their natural habitat
  • Snorkel while you try to identify the 200 + other fish species, invertebrates and algae’s of the area
  • Discover the Australian coastal culture of Manly from your local guide through stories
  • Visit famous Manly Beach and Shelly Beach
  • Whale spotting on Headland Walk from May November/Coastal birds all year

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Duration2 hour Manly Snorkel Tour

Group Experience Pricing 

  • Adult $79pp
  • Child $69pp
  • Family $250 (2 adults, 2 kids(8-14) $250

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Customer Testimonial 

“Absolutely fantastic experience! We were so lucky to see so much wildlife, and would absolutely do this tour again. We plan to take any visiting friends for this. Can’t recommend it enough.” Trip advisor April 2022

 

Experience Description

Join Ecotreasures on the small group Advanced Eco Tourism Certified Manly Snorkelling experience of the Cabbage Tree Bay (NO TAKE) Aquatic Reserve. First your experienced and passionate local expert Sydney Snorkel tour guide will give you a great idea of what native marine life to keep your eye out for as well as educate you about native wildlife, Australian environments, heritage and the culture of Sydney on your headland nature walk.

Then you can cool off by snorkelling in the calm, clear waters off Shelly Beach, Manly on Sydney’s Northern beaches. See Australia’s diverse marine wildlife in their natural habitat within the sea grass meadows, sandy bottom, and rocky reefs of protected Cabbage Tree Bay at Aquatic Reserve. Easy introduction lessons are available for beginners and foam floating noodles are provided for extra safety. TheManly Snorkelling Tour is suitable for beginner and experienced snorkelers!

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM 50 METERS FREESTYLE UN-ASSISTED, FLOAT AND TREAD WATER TO JOIN THE GROUP TOUR. SWIM TEST CONDUCTED AT THE START OF TOUR. BE SAFE AND KNOW YOUR LIMITS IN THE WATER. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP TO GROUP TOUR IF YOU CAN’T SWIM. BOOK PRIVATE TOUR IF YOUR NOT A STRONG SWIMMER

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How to book

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Click on the link above and booking online. You will receive a confirmation email after you payment has been processed. To book a Private Snorkel Tour click on link to reserve your spot.  If you have any questions please email info@ecotreasures.com.au or call 0415 121 648

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes for headland walk and flip flops/sandals to wear for walk from car park to beach and leave on beach when we snorkel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming gear/swim suit
  • Refillable drink bottle
  • Towel
  • If you have never snorkelled before or need some fresh tips, please watch our Snorkelling tips short video with Damien before the tour.
  • Your valuables will be secure and lock in our vehicle when we go in the water

How do you get to Shelly Beach Manly

From Manly Wharf to Shelly Beach is a walk 20-30mins first through Manly village along beach front. You can also take a 5 min taxi ride from Manly Wharf.

Manly Ferry and Manly fast ferry timetable 

If driving go to car park at end of Bower st. If you need any extra help please feel free to ask our friendly staff via email info@ecotreasures.com.au or call 0415 121 648

Meeting spot map

manly snorkel tour meeting spot map shelly beach headland

Extra information:

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM 50 METERS FREESTYLE UN-ASSISTED, FLOAT AND TREAD WATER TO JOIN THE TOUR. SWIM TEST CONDUCTED AT THE START OF TOUR.

The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve – No fishing area

The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is located at Shelly Beach, Sydney which is only minutes from world famous Manly Beach. Shelly Beach aspect faces West which protects the location from a lot of swell on the East Coast of Australia.  The sheltered habitats of rocky reefs, sea grass meadows and sandy bottom are home to a range of resident and transient marine species. Map from Fisheries

The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is a “NO TAKE” marine zone which was established in 2002.  No fishing of any kind, or taking any species including shells is permitted. Fines apply for any breaches of these laws. The protection of the area has been a very successful conservation management strategy. We can now all enjoy seeing the range of species in the Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve located only 30mins from Sydney city.

Manly also has a vibrant coastal village atmosphere and nature walk trails. Sydney Harbour National Park website lists all the local walks in the area. For any tips or travel advice while visiting Manly please email our office info@ecotreasures.com.au or call 0415 121 648. With our local expertise we can help you plan and book other tours in Sydney for you.

Minimal impact travel tips and information about Climate Change 

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The wildlife of the Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve

Disclaimer – Wildlife is wildlife, we can not guarantee any sighting of wildlife. The magic of nature is that you never know what you may see. 

  • Blue Groper – Near threatened species
  • Grey Nurse Shark – Threatened species
  • Port Jackson Shark (June – Nov)
  • Spotted Wobbegong
  • Eagle Ray
  • Green Moray
  • Weedy Sea Dragons – Near threatened species
  • Maori Wrasse
  • Crimson-bended Wrasse
  • Giant cuttle fish (Feb – Aug)
  • Dusky Whaler Shark (Feb – June)
  • Green Turtle
  • + manly more

Go to our Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve Marine Identification page for more information

 

Available Dates

Public Group Tours run everyday at 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm with minimum 4 and maximum 10 people. Customers can join a group tour with other people if they have less than 4 people when they book (excluding black out dates 24th Dec, 25th Dec,26th Dec, 31st Dec, Jan 1st, Jan 26th). Booking deadline is 6pm the evening before a tour. Private individual and group tours available by request. Private tour option is always available if booking numbers are low for group tours. We accept PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and direct debit transfers for payment. Please choose an available date and follow the instructions to make your online booking and payment. Any questions please feel free to email info@ecotreasures.com.au or call 0415 121 648

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