Snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks: The Best Dive Site in Queensland

If you’re an avid snorkeling enthusiast and love to explore nature’s aquarium, then it doesn’t get much better than the Tangalooma Wrecks.

The Tangalooma Wrecks are one of the few you are actually allowed to snorkel – which makes it one of the most unique diving sites in Queensland. What’s even more surprising is that this hidden gem is merely an hour’s boat ride away from the capital city of Brisbane.

The wrecks were formed almost 60 years ago, when 15 old, decommissioned ships were deliberately sunk close to the shore of Moreton Island. Not only did this long line of sunken ships create a barrier to shield smaller ships sailing through the bay, but it became a haven for a host of marine life who now call the Tangalooma Wrecks home. Hundreds of species of fish, wobbegong sharks, turtles (sometimes even dolphins) surround the wrecks.


Another great thing about snorkeling the Tangalooma Wrecks is that in parts the dive site is quite shallow – there are even areas where you can stand up and observe the fascinating wrecks from above. The water clarity is so exceptional that you can snorkel on the surface and still observe the marine creatures and nooks and crannies of the wrecks. Or, dive down and explore the world below, where the reef has had 50 years to develop and grow over the old structure of the shipwreck.


If you choose to participate in snorkeling on our Dolphins in Paradise tour, we provide all the snorkeling equipment (mask + fins) plus two guides who are in the water, pointing out all the most fascinating creatures and dive spots for you to explore along the wrecks. Snorkelling is an additional $20 per adult, $10 per child ($10 per adult if you have your own snorkeling gear), which covers the national park fees, allowing us to continue exploring this beautiful dive site and showcasing it to our fellow travellers.

Dolphins in Paradise is running everyday this summer (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day), departing from the Rivergate Marina in Brisbane. Transfers are available from the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Book online here or give our reservations staff a call on +61 7 5538 2111 to book your spot on this relaxing day tour adventure.

Note: Snorkeling the wrecks on our Dolphins in Paradise tours is subject to the tides and weather conditions on the day.


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