Look, learn, play, and explore NZ’s first marine reserve! Peering through the glass, guests stay dry while viewing a thriving underwater ecosystem, teeming with reefs, fish, and other marine life.
- Mask, Snorkel & Fins 2 Hours
- Mask, Snorkel & Fins All day hire
- Mask, Snorkel, Fins & Wetsuit 2 Hours
- Mask, Snorkel, Fins & Wetsuit All day hire
- Wetsuit Only 2 Hours
- Wetsuit Only All day hire
- Masks or Snorkels 2 Hours
- Mask and Snorkels (no fins) 2 Hours
- Fins only 2 Hours
GO SNORKELING AT GOAT ISLAND
You’ve seen the fish; now swim with them! Our snorkel hire provides visitors with a fish-eye’s-view of this magnificent marine reserve.
We provide clean masks, snorkel, and fins so you can safely swim above the marine life, fish, reefs, and kelp forests – and if you’re lucky, you may even see one of the reserve’s two famous snappers….
Both snappers are over one metre long and go by the names Monkey Face and Charlie … you’ll know when you see them!
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ANY SNORKELLING EXPERIENCE?
It’s okay if you’ve never snorkeled before – but you MUST be able to swim to hire snorkel gear. Our team will ask questions to assess your competence in the water and to see if there are any physical limitations that would prevent you from safely snorkeling in the reserve.
We will fit you with the proper gear and explain how to use the mask, snorkel, and fins. Wetsuits are available for an additional fee.
Team members will also detail our swimming boundaries (set for your safety) and give advice on where to see the best marine life. Safety equipment is provided at no charge (but not lifejackets).
HOW CAN I HIRE SNORKEL GEAR?
Hire gear in advance online or directly from our beach team.
Snorkel gear (fins, mask, and snorkel) is hired by the hour and can be booked separately from the other activities, or packaged with a Kayak or Glass Bottom Boat Tour.
REMEMBER, THIS IS A PROTECTED MARINE RESERVE.
That means there’s no fishing, and nothing (including shells, sticks, or seaweed) may be removed from the beach. Dogs are not allowed at Goat Island Marine Reserve.