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Snorkelling with kids: where's good?

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Snorkelling with kids: where's good?


Coming to Port Douglas at the start of August with my 12 yo and 9yo. 12 yo is a very competent swimmer (in the pool) and fearless. 9yo is not so good (25m swimmer) and can get nervous in deep water.

Any recommendations for snorkel trips where the crew will be patient and the site good to allow us to snorkel? Both have never snorkelled before. Would you also book in advance for the first week in August?


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1. Re: Snorkelling with kids: where's good?


Make sure the children have plenty of practice snorkeling before you arrive, a pool is fine. Once they are in the water and see the coral and fish they will be enthralled.

Wavelength has good reviews ex PD.


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2. Re: Snorkelling with kids: where's good?

We took our kids to PD for the first time when they were about the same ages as yours. Like yours, the elder was a strong swimmer; the younger less so, but not fearful of deep water. Since they had never snorkeled before, we thought it would be best to let them try it out for the first time off a beach. The only option for doing that from PD is the Low Isles. It was an excellent decision. Since the kids did not have to contend with deep water at the same time that they were trying to learn how to use the mask and snorkel, they gained confidence using the equipment rather easily and both had successful (and fun) snorkeling experiences. In fact, they did so well that we booked an excursion on Wavelength, which goes only to the Outer Reef, for later that week and they both loved it.

While the coral and sealife at the Low Isles cannot compare to what you will find at the Outer Reef, it’s still quite good. And we thought it was better to have a “lesser” GBR experience, at least the first time, rather than have an overwhelming one at the Outer Reef. We wanted our kids to enjoy their first time snorkeling so that they’d want to do it again. It’s been a few years since then and our kids LOVE snorkeling.

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3. Re: Snorkelling with kids: where's good?

While I agree that Low Isles is a good start for the kids, if it is possibly a "once in a lifetime" trip, then I think you would be better getting the kids practiced with snorkels and masks at home in your local pool (or even the bath just to practice head under water and breathing) and then going out on Quicksilver. This gives you a pontoon to swim off, as well as semi-submersible, and they will also supply floatation devices etc to help you float if required. This is from their website:

Swimming Aids

There are various flotation aids available for your child’s use. These range from kick-boards to full flotation vests depending on your child’s swimming abilities. Accompanying adults may find that young children or non swimmers will tend to lean on them for reassurance when in the water. It is therefore recommended that the accompanying adult should also wear some form of flotation device to prevent them from becoming tired. Please check with the Snorkelling Safety Officer to ensure the correct fitting and use of the flotation aids before venturing into the water.


Have a look at the website - I think it will ease your child's nerves re the experience.


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