Little Bay is a coastal suburb of Sydney, at about 14 km/9 mi in the south-east of Sydney's CBD (Central Business District). Little Bay beach nestles between headlands to the south and north, providing a good shelter from prevailing sea conditions. It is a great location for snorkeling, as it is protected and calm.
- ABOUT THE SPOT
Snorkeling in Balmoral Beach, Mosman, New South Wales Australia
It is a popular dive site amongst photographers, due to the abundant marine life. It is appropriate for novice or advanced snorkelers alike and it can be dived all year long. It is recommended to enter at the southern corner, dive around the shark net and follow it until you reach the shore on the opposite side.
Balmoral beach boasts a wide range of sea life – seahorse colony, cuttlefish, crabs, leatherjacket, pipefish, small octopus, yellowtail, old wives, bream and goatfish.
The maximum depth here is at 5 m/16.4 ft and visibility is pretty good during high tide. Water temperature is up to 21°C/69.8°F in summer and early autumn months and between 14-18°C/57.2-64.4°F in winter. The spot is protected from the ocean swell by Middle head, which makes it safe and easy for snorkelers.
Last but not least, it is also an excellent night dive, as many of the inhabitants of the bathing nets are nocturnal.