How lovely is Shelly Beach in Manly? There’s a whole post written about Shelly Beach with all the info you need to plan a visit here. Today I’m going to show you some photos and video from underwater. Shelly Beach is one of the easiest places to snorkel with children in Sydney (other top spots are Balmoral Beach and Clovelly Beach and Baths.)
NB Americans might have googled for ‘Manly snorkeling’ or ‘Shelly Beach snorkeling’ with just the one l… but we Aussies spell it with two lls… hope it doesn’t look too weird to you.
I’m a bit concerned that these photos and the video might put little children off though. There really are a lot of fish around Shelly. But you won’t always see the big ones like wobbegongs and rays.
If your childen are little, or nervous, then they can stay closer to shore and just see the little fishies.
On a day when the ocean is clear, you can joyfully snorkel far out and see 10 – 20 metres down into deep water and there are all sorts of marvellous creatures of the deep out there.
The rocks on each side of the beach are where the best sea life can be seen.
Many of these photos, and the video, were taken by my TeenNow17 who has dived and snorkelled with Dive Manly Centre. They’re the go-to company for learning to dive at Shelly Beach.
You’ll see some wobbegongs on this video, now they are big!
Learn more about the fish species at Shelly Beach on the Diveplanit website here.
I love Shelly as I swim into it with The Bold and The Beautiful Swim Squad – Sydney’s best way to start the day.
If you love snorkelling you might like to also try these snorkelling hot spots:
Shelly Beach Snorkelling Map
Fancy a swim and a snorkel at Shelly Beach?
Come on, let’s go right now!