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!
If you ever take a trip down to Great Ocean Road (a must do if you’re in Melbourne!), make a stop at The Great Ocean Road Wildlife Park where you can literally cuddle with dingos. No jokes. I repeat – you can CUDDLE with DINGOS. And they are adorable.