Snorkeling on the Sunshine Coast

Snorkeling on the Sunshine Coast

Snorkeling on the Sunshine Coast is a very hit and miss activity. Let us tell you why…

Summer conditions (November – May) generally produce choppy seas, large ocean swells, and lower visibility. Although the water is warm, snorkeling in these conditions is not much fun.

Winter conditions (June – October) generally produce calm seas, with clear water, however the water temperature is between 18 and 21 degrees.

The Sunshine Coast is very well known for it’s sand beaches, which means there is no coral or high populations of fish along the coastal beaches. The only shore snorkeling available is off rocky headlands: Kings Beach (Caloundra), Point Cartwright (Mooloolaba), Point Arkwright (Coolum), Noosa National Park (Noosa). All these locations are a no go when the swell or wind is up. Snorkeling on rocky headlands can be dangerous. If you are lucky, you may find a perfect day, and get some beautiful clear, warm water, with minimal waves. During the summer you would probably have a window of about 30/200 days. In the winter months you will have a window of 60/165 days, however remember the water will be cold, and you’ll definitely need a wetsuit.

There is an island called Mudjimba Island (Old Woman Island) that has beautiful snorkeling opportunities. The reef is only 3-5 meters below the surface, and you can find beautiful hard and soft corals, lots of tropical fish, turtles and crustaceans to name a few. We offer snorkeling trips to Mudjimba Island all year round on demand – It is a 20 minute boat ride from our dive shop at Mooloolaba. All other reef sites on the Sunshine Coast are too deep (8 – 30 metres) for beginner snorkeling.

Cost: $75 per person includes:

  • Boat trip
  • Snorkeling equipment hire
  • Wetsuit

Terms and conditions:

We require a minimum of 8 people before we take a booking. We do not take bookings of 1’s or 2’s.

The trip is very weather dependent, and subject to availability of our vessel.

Other snorkeling opportunities on the Sunshine Coast include:

Sunreef (Humpback Whale encounters) July – October only, contact (07) 5444 5656 or

Sealife (Underwater World) Aquarium (all year) – Snorkel with the sharks, contact (07) 54586280 or

Sub Surface Scuba – (07) 5493 9097