How to Explore Saxon Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is made up of thousands of individual reefs, each of which offer their own collections of corals, underwater marine life, and diving opportunities.

Saxon Reef can be found between Norman Reef and Hasting Reefs, and is home to some of the most vibrant species in the vicinity. It covers about 1.9 square kilometres and is one of the quieter diving spots in the region, giving you the chance to explore the underwater world without the crowds. It is ideal for scuba divers and snorkellers who really want to get up close and personal with everything the Great Barrier Reef has to offer.

Snorkelling at Saxon Reef

Snorkelling is one of the most popular activities at Saxon Reef, and its sprawling coral formations make it the ideal spot for both beginners and experienced snorkellers.

The sloping walls of the reef are peppered with all sorts of colourful creatures, including clownfish anemones and Spanish dancer flatworms. Take the time to float below the surface and soak up the stunning underwater views and the eclectic mixture of species.

What’s more, Saxon Reef boasts several shallow platforms which highlight the unusual formations of the coral and make ideal resting spots for damsel fish and fusiliers. You might also be able to catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing marine turtles here, as they elegantly pop up above the surface for a breather.

Scuba Diving at Saxon Reef

Scuba diving is another firm favourite activity at Saxon Reef. Whereas snorkelling sees you observing the surface spots of the reef, scuba diving lets you go a little deeper and explore some of the more hidden parts of the reef.

The reef itself is made up of a collection of coral “bommies”, each of which boast their own special features. Here, you’ll be able to swim amongst moray eels, large cod, barramundi, and painted crayfish.

Further below the surface, giant underwater mountains made up of coral lead down to the sandy bottom of the ocean where sharks and stingrays keep cool during the hot Australian days. Alongside the steep coral wall, you can marvel at the soft coral collection, the unusual lionfish, and, if you’re lucky, a turtle or two.

The Dive Sites at Saxon Reef

Despite it being one of the smaller reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef, Saxon Reef still offers a selection of prime dive sites. These include Twin Peaks, Mooring, Clipper Mooring, and Turtle Bommie Mooring. Each one provides divers with a unique selection of marine life and coral formations.

Visit the Saxon Reef on our Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Tour.