Snorkelling is a popular recreational activity and fun for everyone, particularly on the Great Barrier Reef! Snorkelling allows everyone to observe the fantastic underwater life in a natural setting.

The coral reef has many inhabitants such as dolphins, turtles, starfish, rays, and molluscs as well as an abundance of brightly coloured fish only found on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef boasts more species of marine life than any other place on the globe, and as the ‘barrier’ of the Great Barrier Reef protects the snorkelling locations, the conditions for appreciating them are optimal.

Compass Cruises visits two spectacular outer Barrier Reef locations perfect for snorkelling.


Never snorkelled before?

If you are new to snorkelling or aren’t confident in the water, a friendly crew member will be happy to assist you around the reef and ensure you have a safe and fun snorkelling experience. Snorkelling is quite easy to learn with a few quick tips our crew will have you snorkelling in a few minutes.

Buoyancy aids such as wetsuits, noodles and life rings are available to assist non-swimmers. Join us for a wonderful snorkelling experience on the Great Barrier Reef!


Snorkelling Tips

Compass Cruises will have a trained lifeguard on snorkel watch to make sure that everyone is ok in the water.

  • Its best to use the snorkel aids we have onboard Compass Cruises, a snorkel noodle makes it easy to float on the top of the water.
  • Wearing a wetsuit will also make it easier to float.
  • We recommend that you always snorkel with a buddy if you do become tired your buddy can assist you back to the boat or signal that you need help.
  • Do not hold your breath for long dives underwater.
  • Extended breath holding can cause blackouts that can lead to drowning.
  • Do not dive deeper than the maximum depth in which you can equalise the pressure in your ears.
  • For a better snorkelling experience, we encourage you to receive instruction from one of our qualified crew members be sure to listen to the snorkelling brief on the way to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • NEVER dive head first into the water, as the lens is not designed to withstand this kind of impact.
  • Snorkelling with your head at a 45-degree angle helps to eliminate water entering into the top of your snorkel by keeping a properly mounted snorkel safely above the waterline.
  • Always exit the water when you are cold or tired.


Its always our aim to give our guests the best Great Barrier Reef experience so please if you have any questions.

If you have any problems with any equipment, our crew are there to help so please ask for any assistance you may need.