Snorkelling and swimming opportunities around Te Whanganui o Hei Marine Reserve are plentiful, with an established snorkel trail at Gemstone Bay.
Te Whanganui o Hei has its own snorkel trail in Gemstone Bay; designed to provide an easy and safe experience for people to discover the amazing marine life from under the water. Suitable for snorkelers of all ages, the trail includes information buoys with handles attached for snorkelers to hold on to.
Gemstone Bay is only a 5-10 minute walk from the main Cathedral Cove car park along the main Cathedral Cove walking track.
The snorkel trail has marker buoys to identify the area, with each buoy equip with handles and information panels on the sides.The buoys have been anchored 50 to 165 metres off the shoreline of Gemstone Bay.
Cave Cruzer Adventure Tours and The Glass Bottom Boat both offer the opportunity to snorkel and swim during your excursion. Cathedral Cove Dive and Snorkel and Dive Zone offer guided snorkel and dive trips every day throughout the summer season. Snorkelling gear can also be hired from Cathedral Cove Dive and Snorkel
When snorkelling in the marine reserve please remember: