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Top 10 Best Snorkelling Gear


Cheap or mediocre snorkel gear can make or break a well-planned snorkelling trip. Imagine your mask constantly leaking or fogging up while trying to enjoy the beautiful sites. Beyond being a simple distraction, a leaky mask can ruin your experience altogether because of poor visibility. The same goes for a low quality snorkel. Settling for a model that doesn't have a one-way valve will leave you gulping mouthfuls of saltwater.

The snorkel sets that are carried by the big box chains can't compete with the quality of gear such as that offered by the top snorkelling brands like Cressi and Tusa. To enjoy your snorkeling experience, a small investment in decent snorkel gear is well worth it.

Here we've listed our picks for the Top 10 Best Snorkelling Kit. Mostly they are our most popular and best selling, value for money, snorkelling products for both kids and adults. We hope it will help you choose the best snorkelling gear to enjoy your day on the water!



Beach 10B

Reef Dive Reef Dive | Shore access Shore access

Ideal For Snorkelling Inside Port Phillip Night Dive Site Open Water Rated Reef Dive Site Slack Water Spearfishing Site

Beach 10B Ledge
Beach 10B Ledge | © Phil Watson

Depth: 1 m (3.28 ft) to 10 m (33 ft)

Level: Open Water and beyond.

Beach 10B is an interesting shore diving and snorkelling location in Queenscliff, Victoria, on the Bellarine Peninsula facing south-south-west into Lonsdale Bay, Port Phillip. It lies between Cottage By The Sea Reef (to the west) and Shortland Bluff (to the east).

Beach 10B Arch
Beach 10B Arch | © Phil Watson

There are interesting seagrass beds in the shallows and undulating rocky ground with sparse cover in about 5 to 6 metres. Further out at about 10 metres deep there is an area of barren sand dunes rising up to about 4 metres deep. There is an area of great ledges, deep overhangs, gutters and swim throughs in about 8 to 9 metres. Peter Fuller dubbed it "Friendly Bommie".

Best to use a dive float with a dive flag as there can be a lot of boat traffic in the area.

Beach 10B Steps
Beach 10B Steps | © Unknown

Location: Corner The Esplanade & Stevens Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225
MELWAY Ref: Page 500 H5
Beach Marker: 10B

Parking: There is a car parking area on the beach side of the road at the intersection of The Esplanade and Stevens Street, Queenscliff. You can make your way down the steps onto the beach.

Warning: Beach 10B is subject to a lot of boat and PWC traffic. Always take a dive float with a dive flag. Always go with a buddy and be extremely careful of the tidal flow.

Ideal Conditions: The beach faces south-south-west so best dived with an offshore northerly wind. Conditions are usually best with no wind or after a few days of northerlies as surface conditions remain calm. The site is protected from northerly and westerly winds. Beach 10B is very current prone and is best dived right on a slack water flood. If you venture out when the current is running you can encounter very fast tidal streams and get into trouble quickly. See WillyWeather (Santa Casa Beach) as a guide for the tide times and the height of the tide.

The Rip & Tides Warning: Always keep an eye on sea conditions throughout any shore or boat dive within "The Rip" (aka "The Heads"). This is a dangerous stretch of water, where Bass Straight meets Port Phillip, which has claimed many ships and lives. Please read the warnings on the web page diving-the-rip before diving or snorkelling this site.

Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.

 

Beach 10B Location Map

Latitude: 38° 16.390′ S   (38.273162° S / 38° 16′ 23.38″ S)
Longitude: 144° 39.181′ E   (144.653009° E / 144° 39′ 10.83″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map | Get directions
Added: 2022-03-09 05:39:53 GMT, Last updated: 2022-04-07 17:17:54 GMT
Source: Google Earth
Nearest Neighbour: Cottage By The Sea Reef, 291 m, bearing 288°, WNW
Queenscliff, Bellarine Peninsula.
Depth: 1 to 10 m.



DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.

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