Pope’s Eye Guided Snorkelling Boat Tour
Zoom out on a fast RIB boat ride and discover the fascinating temperate marine life of Pope’s Eye Marine Park.
All Inclusive Snorkel Boat Tour
Victoria’s #1 Adventure Tourism Operator
Departs Daily at 9:00am*
Visit the ideal protected and safe reef snorkelling spot only accessible by boat! Includes all snorkelling gear: 5mm wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins.
From Sorrento Pier, Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3942.
*Occasionally extra services available
Details & Itinerary
FAST AND FUN!
Zoom across the bay from Sorrento on a fast and fun snorkel tour boat ride for just 12 guests to plunge the best snorkelling spot in Port Phillip Bay, known as Pope’s Eye.
At this Marine Park, the protected shallow waters are perfect to develop your snorkelling skills whilst seeing unique colourful fish, resting Australian Fur Seals and the beautiful birdlife that nests there, the Australasian Gannets.
A guided tour around what was once going to be a man-made fort, you will grow in confidence, starting inside then exploring the outer reef of the marine park where you will be amazed by the amount of different fish and vibrance of the kelp.
As Victoria’s Number One Adventure Tourism operators we are experts in taking new and beginner snorkellers from fear to fun with our trained snorkel guides by your side, all in just a few moments in the water.
Join the award-winning WaterMaarq on a 1.5 hour boat tour and discover for yourself why guests ratings are #1 on TripAdvisor.
WORLD OF COLOUR
Explore the undiscovered Great Southern Reef, home to marine life only found in temperate waters. You’ll get up close and personal to unique fish, rays and seals, an experience like nowhere else.
Port Phillip Bay is the best place to snorkel the extensive Great Southern Reef as it’s protected from the ocean swell, the waters are shallow and you feel comfortable at Pope’s Eye, it’s like a giant circular swimming pool, the only difference, there’s real fish in there!
Visit a new world of colour on this fun boat tour from the pretty seaside town of Sorrento, near Melbourne.
The indicative schedule is as follows:
8:35am Meet at the Sorrento Pier to receive your snorkelling gear and be ready to depart
9:00am Depart and zoom across the bay on board Apollo
9:15am Arrive at Popes Eye Marine Park and explore the reef
10:15am Zoom back towards Sorrento Pier
10:30am Return at Sorrento Pier
10:35-11am Change clothes and swap stories and photos!
What You Should Bring
Swimwear, 2x towels in case it is cold (one for the tour, one for after), small bag with drink bottle, underwater camera, hat, sunglasses, warm clothing. We supply you with a warm wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins.
Best Things About This Tour
A super fun 1.5-hour boat ride in the southern part of Port Phillip Bay for just 10 swimmers (12 guests total). We’ll visit a super cool snorkelling spot where you will find awesome features of the Great Southern Reef, plenty of colour and fish to see. Often the Australian Fur Seals even swim in the water with you, the most fun you’ll ever have with a wild marine animal.
When do we arrive?
Be at the pier 25-minutes before departure. Allow plenty of time to find parking and make your way out to the end of the pier. At the pier you will dress in your wetsuit and receive your snorkelling equipment.
Where do we meet?
See the travel directions and details here.
What does the tour involve?
Guided by your expert in-water guide, Pope’s Eye provides the perfect marine park location. On the inside of the park, the shallow waters are the ideal place to snorkel with ease and comfort to see vibrant and cheeky fish like Scalyfin. On the outside, the nutrient rich waters feed kelp and an abundance of fish species, the colours will amaze you!
Can anyone join?
Yes, it’s perfect for new snorkellers, families and anyone who wants a first look at our local reef and to be surprised by the fish life. All you need is basic swimming skills and a keen spirit for adventure!
Guided by Experts
Take the plunge and discover the underwater secrets of Port Phillip Bay on a guided snorkeling experience at Pope’s Eye Marine Park. Enjoy more time to explore with a small group and high-quality equipment.
All Snorkelling Equipment Included
Begin with a chat about what you’re likely to see, a thorough safety briefing, and an equipment demonstration. You’ll be provided with high-quality snorkeling equipment, including a wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins. All you need to bring is your swimwear, a towel, and a sense of adventure.
Snorkelling Adventure by Boat
Take a fast and fun short boat ride and then enter the water to explore the Great Southern Reef to encounter local marine life under the expert guidance of your trained Snorkel Guide. Experience the best of Port Phillip Bay from under the surface with colourful fish, starfish making their way across the reef, and stingrays resting their hiding holes.