Great Barrier Reef Region Guide

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Can I wear glasses?

Updated: 08-Mar-2007

Glasses cannot be worn under masks, however standard masks do magnify objects underwater by 25%. Prescription masks are also available ranging from -4 to -7 in strength.

Perscription masks are usually free of charge to use, with some operators maybe requiring a deposit on the day. If you need a particular lens it is worth enquiring beforehand to ensure they have it in stock as the worst thing would be to take the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the reef and not be able to see it!


If you have contact lenses and you feel comfortable, you can wear them while snorkeling, however you cannot wear hard contact lenses whilst scuba diving.

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