Manly Snorkel Walk and Talk Tour

Explore the underwater world of Manly Beach, spotting over 200 species of fish and other sea life
Sydney, Australia
2 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve
What's Included

Interpretive guided tour with an experienced local

  • 1 hour guided snorkel session at Cabbage Tree Aquatic Reserve
  • All equipment and wetsuits 
  • Safety brief and snorkel tips 
  • Headland nature walk with great view of the Northern Beaches
  • Complimentary photo package (valued at $45)

Where We Visit

  • Manly Beach
  • Shelly Beach 
What's excluded

  • GoPro hire (available to Backpacker Deals customers for $15 - Original value $30)
Why do we love this

We love snorkelling - especially in an environment as diverse as this. You will get the chance to spot over 200 varieties of fish, invertebrates and algae!

What to Expect


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.  

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Comfortable walking shoes for headland walk and flip flops/sandals to wear for walk from car park to beach 
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimming gear/swimsuit
  • Refillable drink bottle
  • Towel
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Not at all! This tour is suitable for beginners. Brief introductory sessions are available if required.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Participants must be able to swim 50m freestyle unassisted to join the snorkel tour.
  • Customers must be honest concerning swimming level and previous participation in activities. 
  • The Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve is a “NO TAKE” marine zone. No fishing of any kind or taking any species including shells is permitted. Fines apply for any breaches of these laws. 
  • Minimum age of customer for water activities is 8yrs old. 
  • Children aged between 8-12yrs old require 1 adult to accompany them for water-based activities.
  • Participants under the age of 18 must be signed in by their responsible guardian; no unaccompanied minors will be allowed.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Over 7 days prior to experience: There is no charge 
  • 48hr up to 7 days prior to tour: 50% tour charge applies 
  • Within 48hrs of experience date, no show and late arrivals: Forfeit 100% of tour cost 


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