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To best experience the teeming marine habitats of Goat Island Marine Reserve, get in the water with a snorkel or scuba suit. Beneath the waves you can see seaweed forests, sponge gardens, and a multitude of colorful fish. If you'd rather stay dry, take a tour on a glass-bottomed boat, or rent a kayak or canoe. The onsite discovery center teaches visitors about life under the sea and offers a look at sea creatures housed inside a tide pool tank. To visit Goat Island Marine Reserve on your trip to Warkworth, use our Warkworth day trip app.
Goat Island Marine Reserve reviews
I had just purchased a beginner snorkelling kit with a 2mm short wetsuit. The first day my cousin and I snorkelled, we arrived at 08:30am. I think high tide was about 3 hours before we arrived. The... more »
This really is a must do, even in summer when the beach is packed! Low tide is the best time to go, take a picnic and plenty of sunscreen. If you need to hire snorkel gear it is better to stop at... more »
Beautiful marine reserve perfect for a day of snorkelling and exploring the rock pools - plenty of marine life to see. The water is calm and clear so great for beginners; it was also still quite cool in summer but a swimsuit was fine. The beach area itself is quite narrow and high tide will cover most of the sand, so be prepared to move around a bit. There are bathrooms but no other buildings around, so pack water / a picnic if you're planning to spend the whole day.
Great experience, lots of fish to see in the water and often they follow you around. Try pick a day after there has been a day or two of low winds. Even if it's sunny, if it was or it's windy, the water becomes murky and visibility drops down to a few metres.
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