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Shelly Beach is a protected marine reserve since it is part of Cabbage Tree bay. A lot of scubadiving centres take their students there because for the first dive it’s a safe and easy site.The visibility is good and a large variety of marine life can be seen there. It is excellent for scuba divers, and also for snorkelers as Shelly beach does not get very deep, its maximum depth being about 12 metres. Many areas are shallow with depths ranging from 2 to 6 metres. This particularity makes it very popular for casual and regular snorkelers. Cabbage Tree Bay (of which Shelly is part) was declared a ‘No Take’ Aquatic Reserve on 31 March 2002. There is anecdotal evidence from regular divers that the abundance and diversity of marine life has increased significantly in this time, however no formal studies have been conducted.