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Goat Island - PADI Guided Snorkeling Experience

Come and experience the amazing underwater world of Goat Island, New Zealand's first Marine Reserve.

Having been protected from fishing for over 30 years, the island is a haven for marine life allowing you to get up close and personal to a vast array of fish including Snapper, Parore and Blue Maomao.

Positioned just 100 meters from the beach, with a maximum depth of just 8 meters and calm crystal clear waters, this stunning environment makes for a safe snorkeling location that all the family can explore.

Your experienced guides with PADI Gold Palm 5 star rating, have excellent knowledge of this subtropical paradise and will take you to the reserve hotspots helping you to make the most of your underwater adventure.

At the end of your guided tour you are welcome to stay exploring the Reserve with your hire gear, returning the equipment to Goat Island Dive & Snorkel by 5 p.m.

This guided snorkeling experience is ideal for those with no snorkeling experience or for those who would like to enhance their skills.

For any members of your group that don't want to get wet, there's still plenty to see and do in this beautiful region on the Matakana Coast, including exploring the rock pools, watching the fish dart through the channels or just laying back and relaxing on the pristine beaches taking it all in.

Book your magical underwater snorkeling experience today for an adventure that will last you a lifetime!


  • Adult $75
  • Child $55 (Under 16 years)
  • Price Includes: Snorkel tuition and training with a PADI Divemaster, learn about the New Zealand's first Marine Reserve and the fish you will see, fitting and hire costs of your mask/snorkel/fins & wetsuit and Fish ID card

    Duration: 2.5 Hours


    12pm - Beginner snorkel lesson - must be able to swim

    2pm - Confident in the water and able to swim well

    Location: 142a Pakiri Rd, Leigh. One hour north if Auckland.

    Available Bookings from August 23 to August 29

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    Edbert Foo from Singapore wrote on 20 November 2015

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    Different Experience

    Not my first time snorkelling. However it was a different experience with the water being quite cold and the visibility in the water wasn't that as fantastic as it looks above the water. There were mostly snappers and I managed to see a stingray. However I felt the time in the water should be longer giving us more time to explore further out.

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    Rachel from New Zealand wrote on 14 March 2015

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    Goat Island Amazing

    This tour was well organised and loads of fun for our whole family. The company was very accommodating with changes of date due to illness.

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    santosh gundlapelli from India wrote on 04 April 2017

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    awesome staff

    Had great time doing snorekelling with awesome staff. Would love to come again for scuba. Cheers guys. Great work.

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    Awesome Photo! So happy you had a good time! :D

    Maria Pardawalla from New Zealand wrote on 02 February 2014

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    goat island

    The guide waas not that great. She was very fast and it was hard to follow her

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    Anna Clements from New Zealand wrote on 27 February 2015

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    Pretty good day out

    Lucked out with a beautiful day and great snorkelling conditions. Guides were friendly if not terribly knowledgeable and quite keen to get back to base, cutting the trip short. This was a big difference to the last time we went when we had very experienced guides who were happy to take their time.

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