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Beginner Guided Snorkel Tour

Snorkeling at Goat Island is one of the top 10 things to do in Auckland.

If you've never tried it before. Our Guided Snorkel Tour is the perfect introduction to exploring the ocean - even non-swimmers can join in the fun!

Join our team of passionate instructors for an adventure in NZ's first Marine Reserve, the Goat Island Marine Reserve!

What will you see?

You will be part of a natural aquarium, myriads of colourful fish and marine life including Blue Maomao, huge Snapper, Eagle and Sting Rays, Red Moki, Silver drummer, Kahawai and a whole ray of different fish! Sometimes Dolphins or Orca visit the reserve and will often play with the snorkelers, this might be your day!

Banded Wrasse goat island marine reserve
Red Moki photo taken while scuba diving at goat island
Snapper fish close up at Goat Island
When the Snapper gets a little bit too f

Who can snorkel?

  • Anyone over the age of 8 years.

  • Under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Perfect for those who don't know how to swim


This tour has been specially tailored for people who are new to swimming or being in the ocean. We use special safety equipment to keep you afloat that allows you to move naturally in the water. The hope with this tour is to get people confident in the water and fall in love with our ocean.

If you are confident in the water and have been swimming in the ocean before then the Advanced Snorkel Tour would be the best option for you.

On your Guided Tour

You will meet at Goat Island Dive and Snorkel Center. Here, our friendly staff will get you kitted up with a mask, snorkel, fins and a wetsuit

You will then drive in your own vehicle 3km to the Goat Island Marine Reserve. Here you will meet with your Snorkel Instructor.

The experience starts with an introduction to using the equipment and some snorkel techniques and basic learning to swim. We share the history of Goat Island and introduce you to the marine life you are likely to meet at New Zealand's first marine reserve. Before jumping in you'll receive a full, thorough safety briefing.

We'll all make our way to the water, and finalize our equipment. We will stay shallow and get used to the equipment and the strange sensation of breathing while looking underwater! Once everyone is feeling confident and comfortable we will make our way out and continue our adventure.

After the tour, you will be able to use the equipment for the remainder of the day and carry on exploring!

Please allow 2.5 hours for your tour this will include getting your gear, briefings and time in the water.

All Equipment Included.

Mask & snorkel: These allow you to see and breathe with your face in the water.

Fins: Give you more propulsion in the water.

Wetsuit: Will keep you warm and buoyant in the water, and very important for sun protection!

Buoyancy: We provide boogie boards and other flotation devices for comfort and safety.

You even get to keep the equipment for the rest of the day if wish!

What is snorkeling?

Snorkeling is when we use a mask and a small tube called a snorkel to see and breathe with our face in the water. This allows us to observe the underwater world and the wealth of life it hosts. Snorkeling is a fantastic way to begin to learn to swim in the ocean.


Goat Island Dive and Snorkel is a fully safety audited company with Adventure Mark certification.

Under the supervision of your instructor, you'll stay safe and looked after at all times.

If you have been snorkeling before you might like to try our advanced guided snorkel tour. This is perfect for those who want to learn more about snorkeling and freediving.


We advise people to book ahead, to avoid disappointment. If there is no availability please don't hesitate to call 094226925, we may be able to squeeze you in.

Please note there is a 2.5% transaction fee for online bookings, this will always be non refundable if there is a cancelation for any reason.

Bookings are essential, Book Today

* Child is 16 and under

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