A beginner’s guide to snorkelling: ‘Slow down … you see the most amazing stuff’

An easy entry into adventure, it does not cost much to get started with snorkelling – all you need is a decent mask, a wetsuit and the right place to go

As clouds roll overhead, a salty mist lies low over the timid waves of Manly’s Shelly Beach. Despite grey skies, the protected stretch of sand in Sydney’s northern beaches thrums with locals.

“This area is an aquatic reserve,” Damien McClellan, founder of tourism company EcoTreasures, tells our tour group. “If you look behind you, you’ll see sandstone cliffs.”

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