Dive The Whitsunday Islands!
Spectacular and Safe
Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef should be at the top of everyone's bucket list as it is an experience like no other! The Whitsundays offer the most ideal conditions for learning how to scuba dive on the East Coast; it is the most recommended destination for first-time divers. While sensationally rewarding and enjoyable, the task of learning how to breathe under water can be nerve-wracking and intimidating for some; you should feel comfortable in your learning environment. The Whitsunday Islands feature an array of coves and bays that are fully protected from rougher seas and have sandy beaches of shallow depths. These beaches offer you the chance to learn your skills in a comfortable and controlled setting. Once familiar with your gear and skills, you are merely a 5-metre swim to the magnificent coral reefs. There is no better way to learn how to dive than to do so in the safe setting of the Whitsunday Islands.
Certified Diving Bliss!
For the avid and experienced diver, the Whitsunday Islands is a destination not to be missed! The fringing reefs in the area offer some of the most spectacular dive sites; they are sure to rank high in your most memorable dive experiences. Venture through swim-throughs and caves, explore one bommie to the next, get up close and personal with exotic fish and marine life and even listen to the whales sing underwater (June through to October). What are you likely to see? Here is a list of the most commonly sighted marine life:
- Colourful corals: soft and hard corals (boulder coral, brain coral, elephant ear coral and more)
- Parrot fish, coral trout, reef fish, sweetlips, angel fish, surgeon fish, fusiliers, rabbit fish, giant trevallys, anemone fish, cleaner wrasse, barracuda
- Napoleon Maori Wrasse, Hump-headed Parrot fish
- Moray eels
- Nudibranchs, feather stars, sea slugs
- Blue spotted lagoon rays, cow-tail rays, Manta rays
- Black and white-tipped sharks, Wobbegong sharks
- Sea turtles: green turtles, Hawksbill turtles, leatherback turtles
- Lion fish, puffer fish, cuddle fish
- Potato cod, flowery cod, grouper
Top Rated Diving Experiences
The most popular and advised way of experiencing the underwater world of the Whitsundays is through overnight dive charters. There are a number of tours to meet different budgets and desires that cater for on-board diving. On these tours, your Dive Instructor is on board at all times and offers you the chance to dive multiple dive sites. In addition to your diving, you will also have the chance to visit other World Heritage Listed destinations such as the infamous Whitehaven Beach.
On Board Diving
Anaconda III 32 passengers, large sailing yacht, visits the outer GBR, private accommodation, dive courses available
Kiana 14 passengers, visits the outer GBR, sailing, one free dive
Apollo 26 passengers, Maxi sailing yacht, fast sailing, free scuba experience
Atlantic Clipper 53 passengers, large sailing yacht, social tour, water slide
New Horizon Great waterslide, great valued trip
However you choose to experience the Whitsundays, do not miss out on the chance for a once in a lifetime scuba adventure. Let the experienced crew of the region show you the underwater world's hidden gems!