Scuba Diving and Snorkelling at Norman Reef

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling at Norman Reef

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/19/2017

Reading time: 3 mins

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the best dive sites in the entire world. Encompassing hundreds of reefs that each offer a unique collection of marine life and underwater sights.

Norman Reef can be found 70 kilometres from the coastline. It sits on the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef where it meets the continental shelf. Because of its close proximity to the ocean, it offers some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in the area. It’s characterised by its shimmering turquoise waters and amazing visibility that can reach up to 30 metres.

Snorkelling at Norman Reef

Norman Reef is a hugely popular snorkelling destination thanks to its abundance of marine life and clear waters. There are many shallow observation points, making it perfect for snorkelling! Get up close and personal with colourful corals and numerous fish species. Expect to see garden moray eels in the sandy patches of the reef. If you’re lucky, you might get to swim alongside Barney, the resident Napoleon Maori Wrasse.

Scuba Diving at Norman Reef

Scuba divers have full access to the colourful goings-on in Norman Reef. Explore underwater canyons home to unique species of fish, like oriental sweetlips. You can also discover various swim through and caves boasting breath-taking natural architecture. You can venture 30 metres below the water’s surface to really get to grips with everything the reef has to offer.

The Different Dive Sites at Norman Reef

There are a number of different dive sites that make up Norman Reef, each with its own unique sights. There’s the Ski Slopes Mooring, which features a sandy bay flanked by colourful coral. The Caves Mooring, where you can explore the quirky caves. Plus, the Fingers Mooring, where you can discover a shallow reef with a steep drop off.

There are also plenty of places where you can dive at night, as Norman Reef is one of the liveliest spots after dark. Here, you can marvel at the huge schools of giant trevally and grey whaler sharks as they come out to play after the sun sets. If night diving isn’t your thing, you can always watch from the boat as white tip reef sharks and red bass circle the waters below you.

Exploring the Great Barrier Reef is a must-do for anyone visiting Australia. At Norman Reef, you can get a taste for everything this incredible natural wonder has to offer, including stunningly clear waters, colourful corals, and an exceptional display of marine life.

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.