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10 Reasons Why Montague Island is the Perfect Place for a Diving & Snorkelling Adventure

By 27/09/2022September 30th, 2022Diving, Montague Island, Snorkelling
Narooma Divers - shot by @girlthatfreedives

If you’re looking for an amazing diving and snorkelling adventure, Montague Island is the perfect place for you! With crystal-clear water and a wide variety of marine life, Montague Island offers something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, there’s something here to excite you!

Montague Island is located off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. The island is a protected marine park, and as such, it’s teeming with marine life. With over 150 species of fish, Montague Island is a snorkeller’s paradise! For divers, there are plenty of interesting things to see underwater, including shipwrecks, reefs and caves.

The water around Montague Island is crystal-clear, making for excellent visibility when diving or snorkelling, and the average water temperature is a comfortable 21 degrees Celsius.

What you can see on a dive or snorkel

Olympia and Crew Snorkelling with Narooma Charters

One of the best things about Montague Island is that it’s home to a wide variety of marine life. You can see everything from colourful reef fish, grey nurses and wobygongs to sea turtles… not to mention the playful seals who love to swim past and say hello! Montague Island is also a great place to see dolphins and whales, which are often spotted just offshore.

Brief History of Diving & Snorkelling at Montague Island

Dive Charter Tours in Narooma

The first recorded instance of diving at Montague Island was in the early 1900s by a group of pearlers. Diving for pearls was dangerous work and many divers perished in the pursuit of these precious gems. In 1911, the first commercial dive operation was established on the island and divers began to harvest abalone. Abalone diving was also a dangerous occupation, and many divers lost their lives in the pursuit of these delicious shellfish.

Of course, it’s much different in modern times, where this past time is safe provided you are in the hands of skilled dive guides. Diving at Montague Island became a popular tourist attraction in the 1970s and today, thousands of people visit the island each year to dive and snorkel in its crystal-clear waters.

You can read more about the Montague Island history here.

Australian & New Zealand fur seals

Seal seen with Narooma Charters Dive Tours

Montague Island is a beautiful place located off the coast of New South Wales. The island is home to many Australian and New Zealand fur seals. These seals are an important part of the ecosystem and play a vital role in the food chain. Montague Island is a great place to see these amazing creatures up close and learn more about them.

These friendly creatures are often seen basking in the sun on the rocks or swimming in the clear waters. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see a mother seal and her pup! These adorable creatures are sure to make your day.

Tours of Montague Island – what to expect

Snorkelling with the Seals - Shot by @rugligeri

Montague Island is a must-do experience for all visitors to Narooma and is well-known for its abundant wildlife, including seals, penguins and dolphins.

A tour of Montague Island is a great way to see these animals up close and personal. Narooma Charters offers Montague Island tours, which depart daily from the town wharf.

During the tour, you’ll get to see all of the island’s highlights, including the famous Montague Island Lighthouse. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to take photos and enjoy the stunning views.

At the end of the tour, you’ll be returned to Narooma Marina, where you can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore Montague Island today!