Taste of the Sea

Have you ever wanted to collect your own seafood? If the answer is yes please keep reading. Here, on the Far South Coast of NSW you can do just that! ACWA’s team of knowledgeable local guides provide all the guidance and high quality equipment you need to collect your own premium Australian seafood such as Blacklip Abalone, Eastern Rock Lobster, Mussels and Sea Urchin. This can all be achieved by snorkelling in the sheltered and pristine waters of the Far South Coast.

ACWA's Taste of the Sea experience is not just a tour, it is an introduction to a skill you will have for life. Seafood foraging is an active and highly selective form of fishing. Snorkel diving to gather seafood can be challenging and physically demanding. However, the rewards by far out weigh the challenges as you can feed yourself with highly valued seafood gathered using sustainable methods.

Our guides take care in educating you about the target species, their environment, applicable fisheries management, collection techniques, snorkel diving safety/techniques, marine life and much more. To ensure the long term health of our shallow reef environments ACWA follow a set of basic principles/practices to minimise our impacts.

1. Only collect enough for a single meal

2. Cyclically rotate locations visited to collect seafood

3.  Comply to legal size and bag limits set on the basis reliable marine research

4. Do not disturb marine life unnecessarily including under sized specimens

5. Teach best practices so they can be followed into the future 

Inclusions

  •        NSW recreational Fishing Licence Fee
  •        High quality snorkelling and seafood collection equipment
  •        Instruction on snorkel diving and sustainable foraging techniques
  •        Introduction into best practices for sustainable marine harvest 
  •        Certified guide 
  •        Photographs of the days experience 
  •        Interactive seafood cooking demonstration 
  •        Fresh and delicious seafood meal prepared onsite with your choice of beverage

 

Duration: 3-3.5 hours

Price- Adult $195 Child $120 (under 16) Family (2 Adults 2 Children) $550

Min-Max- 2-8

Start- ACWA is a mobile business operating between Eden and Bermagui. Where you are located and the weather conditions at the time of your planned tour will determine the snorkelling site selected. Site selection is confirmed 3 days prior to the tour (to get an accurate weather prediction). Once the site has been selected you will be notified and directions will be provided if needed. If you are not comfortable with the directions provided we are happy to meet you in the nearest town and convoy to the snorkelling destination. Complementary transportation can be provided for up to 4 guests.  

Note: Some sites (very few) require dirt road access.  

Generally we like to start tours at 830 am to beat seasonal winds. However, there is room to be flexible with starting times if an 830 am start is not suitable for you.   

What to bring- Towel, sun protection, swimwear to go underneath a wetsuit (best to put on before arrival), any medication if required and a container or esky to transport seafood

This tour is perfect for seafood lovers especially those that really want to know where their seafood is coming form. Collecting seafood can be physically demanding it is recommended that participants have a reasonable level of fitness and are relatively strong swimmers. If you want to improve your abilities prior to the Taste of the Sea we recommend doing plenty of swimming and practicing diving down to collect objects in a controlled environment such as a pool or in sheltered waters.    

 

Put this on your must do list!

My boyfriend and I did the ocean to plate tour with Scott in late Jan and easy to say it was the highlight of our trip to Merimbula. My boyfriend is very confident in the water and being the only two on the tour Scott took him out to the more open water. After an hour they swam me in to relax while they both continued to dive. I love that Scott tailors his tour to each group depending on their ability and experience. His knowledge of local spots, marine life and the Sapphire Coast is immense. We spent the night of the tour in a stunning campsite recommended by Scott eating a bag full of mussels. What more could you as for?
— Juzzza, TripAdvisor