10. Go snorkeling
Go snorkeling: activate different muscles by learning to snorkel or try other water activities that suit your ability.
Grab a buddy and jump in for an underwater adventure within South Australia’s world-class marine parks and beaches.
Whether it’s your local coastline or something further afield, you can relax and explore the unique aquatic life of our beaches, rockpools, jetties, mangroves, and rivers.
If you’re new to snorkelling or don’t own equipment, we recommend booking with a snorkel tour company or group like EMS Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries. Trained guides, shore support, and safety protocols ensure safety and comfort, while pool snorkel 101 classes teach the basics and build your family’s confidence before venturing into the ocean.
When planning a snorkel, check weather and sea conditions, be sun smart, and pack ample water, snacks, and well-maintained snorkel gear. Wear a wetsuit, snorkel with a buddy, and let someone know your snorkel entry/exit point and when you plan to return. A dive flag on a float and a cutting tool is essential for safety, as is a first aid kit and charged mobile phone.
For some inspiration on where to go:
- Top 10 snorkel spots in SA (Nature Play SA)
- Top spots to snorkel in SA (Good Living)
- SA snorkel hot spots (Marine Parks)
For some inspiration on what plants and animals you may encounter check out:
- Beachcombing ID Poster (Green Adelaide)
- A beach explorers guide to plants and animals in South Australia (National Parks and Wildlife)
- An underwater guide to plants and animals in South Australia (National Parks and Wildlife)
- Where Bird Sing and Wildflowers Dance (an entire chapter on SA plants and animals in coastal environments)
There are many great organisations that run events that incorporate snorkeling including Green Adelaide’s Coastal Ambassadors (including a program for youth), Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries, Nature Play SA, Nature Festival (during October).