Goat Island Marine Reserve, Warkworth

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To best experience the teeming marine habitats of Goat Island Marine Reserve, get in the water with a snorkel or scuba suit. Beneath the waves you can see seaweed forests, sponge gardens, and a multitude of colorful fish. If you'd rather stay dry, take a tour on a glass-bottomed boat, or rent a kayak or canoe. The onsite discovery center teaches visitors about life under the sea and offers a look at sea creatures housed inside a tide pool tank. To visit Goat Island Marine Reserve on your trip to Warkworth, use our Warkworth day trip app .
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  • Great place to snorkel and dive. Really easy calm and beautiful. Very safe. Can get super busy on weekends but highly recommended.  more »
  • Highly recommend, excellent snorkeling/diving. Can be popular on summer weekends, understandably so. Tremendous views of many local fish, very accustomed to divers.  more »
  • I love the marine live at Goat Island. when there is no wind / swell it's an amazing experience to grab your snorkling gear and watch the marine live at the islands. You can swim with huge snappers wh...  more »
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  • One of the best places to swim! The water was perfect, shallow - meaning safe for all ages, and plenty of rocks to stand on if you get tired swimming. And plenty of fish swim very close to the shore giving you a great view of them in their natural habitat.
  • Great marine reserve! Amazing to go snorkeling, there is also glass bottom boats and kayaks. Great fun! Can get really busy during the summer though
  • Amazing place! Bring/hire your snorkelling gear or just a mask/goggles for an amazing underwater experience, 30years of conservation, keeping man away has revived the marine eco-system, A Must Sea!
  • Unfortunately weather stopped us going on the boat and snorkeling...but we still had a great time.
  • Small Shelly Sandy Beach with some rock pools The main attraction of course is the Marine reserve. You can literally roll up your pants, Wade 3 meters into the surf and see fish under the water. Plenty of places offer snorkel hire to really see the fish. Popular with dive schools for PADI testing. Site has a cold water shower, changing rooms, toilets and picnic tables with ample parking. The sandstone cliffs have some cool faults to find if you get bored with the water.

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