With miles of endless coastline, WA has some great swimming, fishing and snorkelling spots.

Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef, stretching more than 300kms between the North West Cape and Red Bluff.

It is one of our most accessible fringing reefs making it perfect for snorkelling, with close access to the beach and snorkel sites by vehicle. It is a stunning coral reef teeming with more than 500 species of fish.

Abrolhos Islands

The 122 islands making up the Houtman Abrolhos Island group can be reached by boat or a scenic flight from Geraldton.

More than 180 species of coral have been identified in the Abrolhos and you can take a day-long snorkelling tour to explore diverse coral gardens fringing the islands. The waters here are classed as a fish habitat protection area.

Abrolhos Islands coral
Coral at the Abrolhos Islands is rich and ready to explore (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

Jurien Bay Marine Park

The Jurien Bay Marine Park extends from Greenhead to the south of Nambung National Park.

Snorkel sites along the limestone reef that runs parallel to the shoreline offer diverse marine life, including sea lions and dolphins, and colourful coral.

Rottnest Island

There are a variety of great snorkelling sites around Rottnest Island. At Parker Point, snorkellers can follow a special underwater trail.

There are about 400 species of fish and 20 different species of coral within the Rottnest Island Marine Reserve. Visit the island’s Visitor Centre for detailed information about snorkelling.

Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is a popular spot for snorkelling (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

Shoalwater Islands Marine Park

The Shoalwater Islands Marine Park includes the waters of Shoalwater Bay, Warnbro Sound and a small part of Cockburn Sound encompassing several islands such as Penguin Island.

Reefs in shallow waters around the islands are popular snorkelling spots but make sure you’re there before the sea breeze hits. Look out for wildlife including Australian sea lions, bottlenose dolphins and the little penguin.

Busselton Jetty

The warm Leeuwin Current supports more than 300 tropical and sub-tropical marine species around the iconic Busselton Jetty. As well as colourful fish, you can also see corals and sponges under what has been described as one of Australia’s greatest artificial reefs.

Underwater Busselton Jetty
Follow the Busselton Jetty and keep an eye out for tropical fish (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)


You’ll find several excellent snorkelling sites along the coast near Esperance. The shallow waters around Woody Island are a popular spot, particularly Shearwater Bay where you can follow an underwater snorkel trail.

At Munglinup Beach you can snorkel along the reef in Esperance’s famous crystal-clear waters.

Munglinup Beach
Munglinup Beach is one of many beautiful spots to snorkel in our Great Southern (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

Mackerel Islands

Thevenard Island in the Mackerel Islands group is surrounded by reef teeming with coral formations and colourful reef fish. Direction Island is also a great spot to slip on a mask and explore the colourful underwater world. The Mackerel Islands are 22kms off the coast near Onslow.

Greens Pool

In the William Bay National Park, near Denmark, Greens Pool is a calm and sheltered bay with shallow water, making it an ideal snorkelling spot for the kids. Glide along the reef between the area’s unique rock formations.

Greens Pool, Denmark
Greens Pool near Denmark should be on your snorkel bucket list (Photo: Tourism Western Australia)

Marmion Marine Park

Marmion Marine Park covers Perth’s northern beaches from Trigg Island to Burns Beach. Many of the park’s submerged reefs are popular with divers but an easily accessible snorkelling site within the park is Mettams Pool – a sheltered bay with a reef close to the shore.

Last updated January 2018