This is part 2 of a number of posts about Fieldwork - Reef Surveying.
Read the other posts:
Fieldwork - Reef Survey - Preparation
Fieldwork - Reef Survey - Student Activities
Fieldwork - Reef Survey - Curriculum Links
Where to snorkel?
A good spot for a first snorkel is Clovelly because it is directly in front of the Surf Life Saving Club, it is a fairly contained area, and in most cases in is quite calm. You can pretty much count on seeing a groper. This is a good introduction site.
A couple of other good sites around Sydney where you are likely to see a variety of aquatic organisms are Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve (entry via Shelley Beach or Fairy Bower), Gordon's Bay and Chowder Bay. Outside of Sydney you might like to try:
- the rockpools at Norah Head,
- Shelley Beach at Toowoon Bay,
- Sharknet Beach, Huskisson
- Plantation Point, Vincentia
- Greenfield & Blenheim Beaches, Vincentia
There are obviously lots of other sites, but for ease - consider finding places where you can snorkel straight off the beach.
You might like to read:
- Best Snorkelling in Jervis Bay
Below: Image of the Rock Polls at Norah Head (left). Image of Hyams Beach at Jervis Bay (right)
Cabbage Tree Bay
Below: Image of Gordon's Bay from the Carpark (left). Image of Gordon's Bay from the footpath (right).
Below: Images of Chowder Bay
You might like to read: The Ultimate Guide to Snorkelling
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