Manly Snorkelling Tour

Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve

Are you ready to explore Manly’s underwater world? Join your local expert marine guide on the Manly Snorkeling Tour

Advanced Ecotourism Certified

Tour inclusions

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

Tour Highlights

  • 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

Duration2 hour Manly Snorkel Tour

Group Tour Pricing:  

  • Adult $69.00,
  • Child (8-14yrs) $45.00, 
  • Family pass (2 adults, 2 kids (8-14) $199

Group Manly Snorkeling Tours operate everyday:

  • 10am-12pm (All year)
  • 2pm-4pm (Oct-April)
  • 1:30pm (May-Sep)

Minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 people (larger groups available by request). The Private Manly Snorkeling Tour option is always available if you would prefer a private tour experience. Child tickets must be accompanied by an adult.

Click to view Cabbage Tree Bay Marine habitat map CTB marine habitat map

Customer Testimonial 

Best Tour & Guide!

“Our tour with Michelle was amazing. It was a nice, shorter (exactly what we signed up for) tour where we got to see the gorgeous coastal walks, learn about nature and snorkel! Michelle was incredibly informative, guided us during the whole tour and was just so excited to answer all our questions. You could tell how much she loved the wildlife. Thank you!”

Tour Description

Join ECOTREASURES on the small group Advanced Eco Tourism Certified Manly Snorkeling Tour of the Cabbage Tree Bay (NO TAKE) Aquatic Reserve. 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 Snorkeling Tour is suitable for beginner and experienced snorkelers!


Private Tour Check availability

How to book:

Click on the live calendar above or the availability tab on the left side of this page to check group tour available dates and to make your booking online. You will receive a confirmation email with meeting directions 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 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.
Photo packages available shot with GoPro:

Gopro Hire $30: You can hire the GoPro and you can take as many shots as you like. You will need to download the Gopro app to your smart phone before the tour. After the tour you can use the GoPro app to download the images directly to your phone. Select GoPro hire when booking your tour in the shopping cart. No internet or data connection is required for the download on to the app.

Additional 1 hour rental $15pp

You can stay in the water for an additional 1 hour from 12pm-1pm after the morning snorkel tour. This option is only suitable for confident snorkeler as you will be self guided and un supervised.

How to get to Shelly Beach Manly:

From Manly Wharf walk through Manly village and along beach front to Shelly Beach or 5 min taxi from Manly Wharf

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 or call 0415 121 648

Extra information:


After you book please go to the ECOTREASURES home page to view the other Sydney Eco Tours we offer.

The location:

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 or call 0415 121 648. With our local expertise we can help you plan and book other tours in Sydney for you.

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 or call 0415 121 648


Shelly beach is a 20-minute walk from Manly Wharf. Catch the Manly ferry or Manly Fast Ferry or Sydney Fast Ferry from Circular Quay, Sydney City to Manly Wharf. Public ferry ride takes 30mins Fast ferry 18mins (also has a bar). Public ferry cost one way Adult $7.20, Child $3.60. Paid parking available at Shelly Beach. You will be given your tour guides phone number to call on the day if you have any troubles finding the location. The Manly visitor information centre is located at Manly Wharf. The staff are very friendly and helpful if you need extra assistance.