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Snorkel in Manly with a local expert

Manly, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by James

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

You'll meet me right by the beach, very close to where we will snorkel. After a quick briefing we will gear up and jump right in! I'll take you straight to my favourite (and the best!) spots in the bay. Here's a few bonuses to snorkeling with me:

Safety
I'll be watching conditions before and during our snorkel to ensure your safety so you'll have the comfort of knowing that what you're seeing isn't going to hurt you! I was a lifesaver and I’ll be ready to assist at every moment if you need it.

See and Learn
I have been among these fish my whole life, growing up together - they are like family to me. I have now documented well over 100 species in this little bay.

I'm the only snorkel experience host who can tell you exactly what you are looking at - every fish's name, its gender and its habits! I’ll be pointing out everything I see. You'll learn all about their weird and wonderful lives.

Photography
Underwater photography is my passion! I’ll be taking expert underwater photos throughout the snorkel so you can share your memories of the day.

If we have time afterwards I'd love to join you for a coffee, chat and hopefully share some great local insights with you
Other things to note
Please enquire if your preferred time or group size is unavailable!
I'll be in touch the day before our snorkel to say hi and share some details!
You'll meet me right by the beach, very close to where we will snorkel. After a quick briefing we will gear up and jump right in! I'll take you straight to my favourite (and the best!) spots in the bay. Here's a few bonuses to snorkeling with me:

Safety
I'll be watching conditions before and during our snorkel to ensure your safety so you'll have the comfort of knowing that what you're seeing isn't going to hurt you! I was a lifes…
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What's included

  • Equipment
    Mask & snorkel, buoyancy aids, wetsuit rental ($10-20) lockbox for valuable...

Meet your host, James

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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I’m a lifelong local, former lifesaver, and passionate underwater photographer.

My guests love my passion and knowledge of the local marine environment, and that I do everything I can to make them feel safe and comfortable!

I began training with my local surf life saving club when I was just 4 years old! Later, as a surf lifesaver for 6 years, I achieved high qualifications in safety including the Advanced Resuscitation Certificate.

I swim every day in Manly's Aquatic Reserve, where I'll be taking you! Over the years I have photographed and identified 100+ species of marine animals right here in Manly.

I have been surfing (very badly) for 15 years and try to find time to surf at Manly Beach every day.
I’m a lifelong local, former lifesaver, and passionate underwater photographer.

My guests love my passion and knowledge of the local marine environment, and that I do everything I can to make them feel safe and comfortable!

I began training with my local surf life saving club when I was just 4 years old! Later, as a surf lifesaver for 6 years, I achieved high qualifications in safety including the Advanced Resuscitation Certificate.

I swim every day in Manly's A…
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Where you'll be

We'll be in the beautiful beachfront town of Manly. If you are travelling from the city, you will take the Manly Ferry here, which itself is recognised as a must-do Sydney experience.

Manly has one of the most compact underwater ecosystems in the whole world, with more species of fish recorded here than in the entire Mediterranean Sea! This is Sydney's premier snorkeling spot and home to Australian native species found nowhere else in the world!

Rated 4.91 out of 5 from 753 reviews.

Karan
April 2021
It was an amazing session and the host was very friendly too. Enjoyed the session and the vibe around is so chilling and relaxing❤️
Jessie
April 2021
James is an enthusiastic and friendly guide with a great knowledge of the maritime ecosystem of the area. we really enjoy our snorkelling with him and we highly recommend it.
Saltanat
April 2021
My first time snorkelling was with James, and I’m so happy for that. The location is amazing, the story behind every fish and every location was really impressive. We had a great time, and James supported us throughout the whole journey! Loved it! Recommend! James is very kind, funny and great person.
My first time snorkelling was with James, and I’m so happy for that. The location is amazing, the story behind every fish and every location was really impressive. We had a great t…
Jennie
March 2021
Highly recommended! James tells passionately about interesting things of the fish and the environment. It's very worthwhile to do this experience. The photos afterwards are a beautiful memory of the event.
Jacksiani
February 2021
James was there on time and the equipment was great. He's very kind and knowledgeable about the area and fauna. He also has a great camera and took great shots we could bring home as memories. I'd definitely recommend this experience.
Sam
January 2021
Thanks James for a great experience! My Husband and I really enjoyed the experience. The added bonus was having a personal tour which also makes it covid safe.

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Activity advisory

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Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Swimmers

Water