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.