Snorkelling in Melbourne? Yes, it’s a thing! Port Phillip Bay is filled with life and colours, and if you’re a keen snorkeller or diver it is not to be missed! Jawbone Marine Sanctuary is just 20 minutes from the CBD, so there is no excuse not to explore it. It is quite a sheltered spot and can be accessed in most conditions. Because of its proximity to the city, it is my go-to place when I just need a little bit of that ocean feeling. I have been there in both high and low tide, in southerly and northerly winds.
Phi Phi Island is not just a party island. We spent 5 nights at Phi Phi Relax Beach Resort which is on the eastern side of the island and can be reached by a longtail boat from Ton Sai Pier. Lazy mornings snorkeling on the reef was followed by eating no-names and drinking different flavoured daiquiris. The famous viewpoint is a 30 minute hike away, and you might spot some interesting animals on the way. There’s plenty of scuba diving around, so we spent a day diving with Scool Divers at Phi Phi Leh. Phi Phi Island is a great little escape and very accessible from Phuket (just hop on the ferry) and has so much to offer!
Torquay is the perfect weekend getaway from Melbourne. You don’t even need a car! We took public transport down on Friday night and back on Sunday around noon. You can take the train from Southern Cross to Geelong, where you can hop on a bus to Torquay. If sunrises aren’t your thing (eh?), there are plenty of places to eat and drink. And if you’re feeling like exploring, you can walk from Torquay to Bells Beach. There are plenty of lookouts on the way to capture that perfect instagram picture.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you saw a bull shark? How about 45 of them? A couple of weeks ago I visited Beqa Lagoon on the southern part of the main island, Viti Levu, to go diving with bull sharks. You need to have an advanced open water certification to do the dives since they go down to 30m. Out of my 100+ dives, diving with these magnificent creatures has definitely been some of the best dives I’ve done. This place is not only giving divers an experience of a life time, but they also work hard to protect the sharks and the marine life in the area. To read more about the amazing work happening in Beqa Lagoon, checkout this article from ABC.
In the South Pacific, 3 hours from Brisbane, is the island nation Vanuatu. It consists of 80 or so islands so you’re bound to find one you like. 10 minutes from the international airport in the capital Port Vila is Mele bay. From here, it takes only a few minutes to get over to Hideaway Island. Here are my top 5 things to do while staying at Hideaway Island: 1. Go for a snorkel. Several times a day. Every day. The whole island is basically a big beach. You can go from bed to ocean in less than a minute and the snorkelling is pretty good! In conservation efforts the islands has created coral plantations where you’ll always find a few fishies hiding. Don’t be surprised if you spot an octopus or a cuttlefish. 2. Scuba dive until you can’t dive no more The island offers great diving, and many different dive sites within just 10 minutes from the island. There are two different wrecks and a spot called Gotham City where you can spot the white tip sharks early in the morning. The site is named after a big school of batfish that sometimes hangs around. 3. Watch the fireshow […]