The Tweed Valley national parks aren’t the only places to encounter the amazing flora and fauna of the region. Some of the best experiences can be found below the waves.
Cook Island is a small volcanic outcrop 600m offshore from Fingal Head and is a beautiful marine playground. It was declared an Aquatic Reserve in 1998 to protect the biodiversity of the islands reef system.
Cook Island provides a permanent home for green and loggerhead turtles, as well as a stunning variety of tropical and sub-tropical species of fish, nudibranchs, rays, eels and octopus, clownfish, bullseyes, gropers, leatherjackets, parrotfish, puffer fish, surgeonfish, sweetlips and trevally. Migratory shark species such as the blind sharks, shovel nose sharks, leopard sharks (summer), grey nurse (winter) and wobbegongs visit throughout the year.
There are 13 moorings around the island and almost all the island is suitable for snorkelling and diving. Cook Island is sectioned into three sides: north, south and east. Each side is unique in its topography and marine life.