Do you need a wetsuit to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef?

Do you need a wetsuit to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/15/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most beautiful natural attractions you’ll see in the world.

Wetsuits are essential to wear while you’re snorkelling, or even when you’re diving in the Great Barrier Reef. The wetsuits keep you protected from any cuts and scratches that may occur if you get a bit close to the coral.

Additionally, the wetsuits are also like a stinger suit, so they will protect you from jellyfish.

A bonus of snorkelling during the cooler months is that a wetsuit actually keeps you warm while you’re in the water! So, you can still enjoy snorkelling even if the water is a bit colder.

Where can I get a wetsuit?

You can hire a wetsuit from many local stores, or when you book a tour to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, you’ll have one to borrow for snorkelling.

There is a range of different wetsuit sizes for unisex, women, men, and children.

What reefs can I go to when snorkelling?

There’s a great selection of reefs you can go to when snorkelling. Some of the best ones are Heart Reef, Saxon Reef, Norman Reef, Breaking Patches, Outer Reef, Moor Reef, and Hastings Reef. As you can see, the Great Barrier Reef is full of beautiful reefs.

Can I go on a pontoon?

You can book a one day tour that takes you out to one of the three pontoons at the Great Barrier Reef. On this tour, you will go to the Moore Reef pontoon and spend the day out at the reef.

You’ll be able to do snorkelling, go on a glass bottom boat, and have the option to upgrade for scuba diving or helmet diving.

The pontoon also includes waterslides, food, and a kid’s pool.

What marine life can I expect to see when snorkelling?

There is a diverse range of marine life you can spot when snorkelling out in the Great Barrier Reef. The most common is a range of different colour fish, a favourite being the clownfish, also known as Nemo! There are over 1500 different types of fish swimming through the Great Barrier Reef, so you’ll be able to spot a few.

Don’t be alarmed when you spot some of the sharks, they are friendly so no need to worry! You might also mistake a few for a dolphin.

Keep an eye out for the large sea turtles that look magnificent swimming overtop of the colourful coral.

Booking a tour is the best option as you’re given all the equipment you need for snorkelling, including a wetsuit. On a tour, you will have an introductory lesson on how to snorkel. You are also given the chance to go scuba diving, helmet diving, or go on a glass bottom boat.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.