A lot of people say you have to get here early. We got here at 1pm and didn't have to wait an overly long amount of time for anything. In saying that, we caught the bus so we didn't have to find a car park or anything - the car park did look pretty full.
The day we were there was just at the start of the box jellyfish influx for the month so we were warned when we paid the $10 each that there were no refunds and that four people had been stung that morning already. We decided we'd come too far to turn back and went in anyway - totally worth it. Never saw a jellyfish, never got stung.
The water is nice and clear and the fish aren't timid, they'll swim right up to you. We had fun swimming in and out of the reefs, though I did get a little nervous at times that I was going to bump into them. Thankfully, I didn't! There isn't really colourful coral like there is in other places such as the Great Barrier Reef, but the fish are enough on their own to capture your attention.
Didn't see any turtles the day we were there.
You can rent snorkel gear. We rented one set and I had my own that I'd gotten for christmas in Australia, it was a $30-40 set and the rental set was actually better than mine, so don't be put out by the fact that it's a rental, they're good quality and in good condition. You do need to leave cash as a deposit though, so make sure you bring enough!
There are lifeguards, I thought it was all very safe, though you are responsible for yourself and how far out you go. There are markers in the water to show where the current gets stronger.
There aren't many sandy patches where you can stand up, not that you really want to, there are fish on the bottom too ;) and you CAN'T stand on the coral. Despite the fact that everyone is required to watch an education video informing you of this fact before you go down to the bay…people still stand on the coral. You feel a little incredulous watching them, but it just keeps happening all day.
We spent around 2-3 hours here. Would have liked to spend more time snorkelling after a break, but it was too chilly the day we were there.
Definitely worth a visit at least if you have time while you're on the island.
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