“I Went in for a Snorkel and Ended up Relaxing in theShallows”
I visited Rottnest Island with some friends on a Saturday. After a big morning riding around the island exploring we settled into our accommodation. Everyone was exhausted and decided to rest, but I chose to keep exploring.
Just outside our accommodation I found a place called Bathurst Point, which has one of the two lighthouses on Rottnest Island. I grabbed my underwater camera, went in for a snorkel and ended up relaxing in the shallows where I took this photo.
The clarity of the water was a pleasant surprise. I have done a lot of diving around Western Australia and Rottnest Island is definitely one of the best places for a clear snorkel. The other thing that surprised me was the amount of marine life so close to the shallows. It was a great experience, and I’m glad I kept exploring that afternoon.
Sarah Ellis has been visiting Ningaloo Reef and the Coral Coast for 15 years and moved there to live three years ago. Two years ago, Sarah and her partner started their own ecotourism business, taking people out to swim with whale sharks and other marine life on the world heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. Get the local lowdown on their favourites.
WA’s southern coastline is one of the most stunning in the country, with pristine beaches, divine scenery – and friendly resident kangaroos. Bruce Elder still remembers his first trip to Lucky Bay and reports on what makes this his favourite coastline in Australia.