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Snorkelling Home to over 500 species of fish, hundreds of hard carols and molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms, snorkelling the islands can be like swimming in an aquarium!

It’s possible to see many vibrant, colourful fish and turtles just a few metres from shore, or you can hop on a local tour boat or motorised canoe and explore.

Rip Snorkel - Credit Rik Soderlund1

Snorkelling Where to snorkel on Cocos Keeling Islands

The calm lagoons around the southern end of West Island and the swimming / snorkelling beach Trannies are ideal for kids, as are the waters on Home Island’s foreshores and Direction Island.

The infamous rip at Direction Island is an underwater paradise for strong swimmers with fins, or for swimmers of all levels with a tour boat arranged to do pick ups.

From Scout Park on West Island, you can take a short reef walk across to Pulu Maraya at low tide and snorkel the shallows or current that floats around the island to catch a glimpse of the many clams, rock cods, butterfly fishes, angel fishes and parrot fishes along with coral algae and friendly turtles.

Hire snorkelling gear from the Cocos Islands Visitor Centre on West Island.

Snorkeling Cocos Keeling Islands

It is rare, in this day and age, to come upon a place so delightful in both looks and temperament that, on the very first sighting, one’s jaw does genuinely drop.

Georgia Rickard Australian Traveller

If going with the flow is how you roll, you will love the Cocos Keeling Islands. They have a small – very small – country town vibe. Your activities revolve around the exquisite lagoon whether they be snorkelling, diving, fishing, parasailing, or just relaxing under a coconut palm reading a book while inhaling the frangipani infused air

Steve Klein Curious Campers

Scuba diving at Cocos Keeling islands is nothing short of spectacular. Fabulous visibility, pristine coral reefs, abundant marine life and all the trappings of a tropical paradise without the flashy resorts. Yes, it is isolated and it takes some effort to get there, but this is more than offset by the quality of the diving, the friendly locals and the very laid back and relaxing ambience of the entire place. It is quirky, fun and a great place for a holiday. We will return and soon

Phillip Tubb Melbourne

Don’t miss this place. My wife and I recently spent a fantastic week on Cocos Keeling Islands. We took the opportunity to take the twice weekly ferry service from West Island to Direction Island... we loved it so much we came back for a second time.

Mike G Joondalup

Home Island is definitely quieter than West Island with religion a big part of daily life but the locals were so friendly and welcoming. It was so nice to be able to swim straight off the shore in amazing turquoise water while we cooked BBQs at sunset. Highly recommended!