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Best Spots to dive and snorkel in Townsville - For a fun underwater view

Townsville in Australia is home to some of the most popular diving sites in the country and here are a few must not miss diving sites when you are a holiday in that area.


The Keeper Reef

If you are a lover of flawless coral reefs and beautiful underwater scenery this is a great choice for you to dive in. The Keeper Reef is known to be one of the cleanest coral reefs that are found Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. As a diver, you will be able to enjoy mindblowing diving experiences at this reef regardless of whether you are a beginner or a professional diver. The Keeper Reef gives you an opportunity to take a look at a mysterious collection of caves. The diving depth ranges from 2 feet to about 230 feet and is known for its great swim-throughs and canyons. Townsville has the greatest diving sites and has its fair share of accommodation choices for you. You could choose from one of the many Townsville Australia hotels and pick a centrally located stay like Oaks Gateway on Palmer.


Ss Yongala

This is yet another popular diving site found in Townsville. The SS Yongala is an almost 400-foot steel ship passenger vessel that is owned by the Adelaide steamship company. This ship sank at the site where it is found today. Named after a town in the southern part of the country this shipwreck can be found 50 feet below the sea. Since the shipwreck site goes about 115 feet further down, this is a site that is the best to dive at if you are a professional diver only. The shipwreck is also home to a wide range of coral and marine life such as turtles, snakes, Barracuda fish and Giant grofers.


The Wheeler Reef

Located of about 60 feet under the sea, this reef is an amazing diving spot for beginners and pro divers. There are many natural creations found underwater here such as caves, canyons and swim-throughs. This reef also has its fair share of marine life for you to take a look at.


The Flinders Reef

If you have an eye for beautiful underwater views, marine life and colourful Coral reef then this diving spot is made just for you. This reef is located at a depth of about 300 feet and is known for having amazing visibility until about 250 feet underwater.


The Kelso Reef

This is a popular dive site if you are a coral reef lover. This reef goes up to a depth of about 75 feet and is the proud owner of honeycomb corals, Hedge corals, and plate corals. The combination of all this colourful coral reef provides a great home to a wide range of tiny fish as well as some large fish species found in this part of Australia. Regardless of what diving site you are going to explore it is better to go with an instructor as this will be your first-time diving in this part of the world.

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