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When is turtle season in the Whitsundays? 

It is always turtle season in the Whitsundays! Turtles live in the Whitsundays all year long, breeding, eating, living and laying their eggs in the sands around the islands. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot one while you’re out snorkelling or cruising along on a boat, as they are never far away from the trained eye!

Whale Sharks in the Whitsundays

Whale sharks are one of the biggest animals in the ocean, and definitely the biggest fish trolling waters worldwide.

Finding Dory the Blue Tang

As Pixar releases the highly anticipated Finding Dory, sequel to Finding Nemo, the world is again exposed to the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and its colourful and funny inhabitants on the big screen.

Reef Sharks

A common sighting around the fringing reefs of the Whitsunday islands is the reef shark. 

The underwater world of the Whitsundays 

There is no denying that the Whitsundays is home to some of the most incredible marine life in Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is full of diverse and unique creatures, bringing travellers from all over the world who want to come to explore and see what the reef has to offer for themselves.

Mantarays in the Whitsundays

Possibly the most popular of all marine life found in the Whitsundays is the majestic manta ray.

Dolphins in the Whitsundays

As an aquatic playground for many types of marine life and coral species within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, the Whitsundays is of course home to arguably the most famous of all dolphin species, the Bottlenose dolphins.

Whales and dolphins in the Great Barrier Reef

Whales and dolphins frequent the waters of the Whitsundays, some as full time residents and others as visitors only. Dolphins can be seen all year around on the reefs, while whales migrate during winter only, coming to the Whitsundays to calve and nurse their young. Both are a beautiful sight, with tours getting to see them regularly - just ask your tour guide the best way to spot them!

Whitsundays Stinger Season

​The Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park provide the perfect home environment for a huge variety of marine life, including a number of different jellyfish species.

Sea Cucumbers in the Whitsundays

A popular sighting while snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving around the Whitsundays islands is the sea cucumber.

Fusilier Fish in the Whitsundays

They are those bright, amazingly coloured in blue and yellow fish which you see so often around the Whitsunday islands.

Maouri Wrasse in the Whitsundays

One of the most popular species of wrasse around the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the Napoleon wrasse which is often sighted snorkelers and scuba divers.

Whitsundays Green Sea Turtles

The Whitsundays is home to an abundance of the popular Green Sea Turtles. Made famous after an appearance on the movie “Finding Nemo’, turtles are on all travellers ‘must see’ list when in Australia – and there is no better place than in the Whitsundays.

Whitsundays Giant Clams

While the Whitsunday Islands and surrounding reef offers a fantastic display of unique wildlife, one of the most interesting and peculiar species is the Giant Clam.

Stingrays at Whitsundays Hill Inlet

Stingrays can often be seen feeding in the warm, shallow waters of Hill Inlet, providing good entertainment for visitors, who will often be seen wading after them through the shallow water. 

Reef Sharks in Whitsundays Shallow Waters

The Reef Sharks preference for areas in close proximity to the shoreline often bring it into regular contact with humans. 

Most Sought After Fish in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are home to some of the most special and most sought-after fish species. 

Whale season in the Whitsundays

Regarded as a second to none location for spotting whales, the whitsundays is known as the home to thousands of migrating whales every year between June and August, and great numbers of visitors from around the world are visiting Airlie Beach in the hopes to see one of the magical mammals in its natural habitat. 

Swimming with Turtles

Get a turtle's eye view of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Whitsundays popular fish species

When it comes to the Whitsundays, there is something else which is just as iconic as Heart Reef, the Great Barrier Reef’s Bait Reef and Longford Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill-Inlet. It is actually the lifeforms which surrounds these landmarks, which is the marine life and this plays a key role in the entire ecosystem of the ocean and its reefs.

Pilot Whales in the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands provide many marine species with the perfect nursery, and throughout the winter months, (May to October) the ocean's most spectacular creatures, whales, are a regular sight.

Crown of Thorns Starfish in the Whitsundays

While the regular outbreak of Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) on the Great Barrier Reef have been a problem for over forty years, up until the present date, sightings in the Whitsundays have been relatively few and far between. 

The Whitsundays White Humpback: Can you name the baby?

Late last month, the Whitsunday Islands received some global attention over an incredible photo taken by a local a white humpback whale calf.


Stingrays technically flattened sharks that have taken to the bottom to feed on shellfish.


Are the largest Ray in the Ocean and are commonly spotted around the Whitsundays

Migaloo and Bahloo the white whales

Migaloo and Bahloo the two white whales


Nudibranchs are the most colorful creatures on earth. and as such, became divers little obsession.

Sweetlips and Red emporers

Look for the beautiful Harlequin Sweetlips in caves, cracks and swim throughs or under big plate coral. this is a shy fish named after his most obvious feature.

Coral Trout

Coral trout start their lives as females and change sex to become males later in life. It is not known what triggers this sex change.

Cleaning Fish, Whitsundays

Cleaning station fish are located where fish and other marine life congregate to be cleaned.

Parrot Fish of the Islands

Tropical parrot fish are many beautiful colors of the rainbow.

Dugongs of the Whitsundays

Dugongs are often spotted in particular bays around the Whitsunday Islands. 

Snubfin Dolphin

Snubfin Dolphin The Australian Snubfin Dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni) is a recently recognised species of dolphin, scientifically described in 2005.

Spinner and Humpback Dolphins

Spinner dolphins are also known as the Long Snouted Dolphin. 

Bottlenose dolphins

Several vessels in the Whitsundays have specifically fitted underwater blue Led lights to attract dolphins

Whitsundays Reef Shark

The white tip reef shark is one of the most common sharks found in shallow tropical and warm temperate water around coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Whitsunday Star Fish

Star Fish / Sea Stars are a favourite of most locals that work on passenger boats around the beautiful Whitsundays. There are many different types of starfish found around the Islands.

Whitsunday Sea Cucumbers

Sea cucumbers are another type of Echinoderm, you will find these on the sea floor. They are called sea cucumbers because of their shape and leather like skin. 

Whitsundays Cod

This is a large group of fish ranging from the small, colourful basslets to the large Queensland groupers. Its a beautiful family of fish that loves playing hide and seek with the divers. 

Whitsundays Common Fish

Sweetlips Look for the beautiful Harlequin Sweetlips in caves, cracks and swim throughs or under big plate coral. This is a shy fish named after his most obvious feature. If you are lucky, you might find the famous "disco dancer". 

Humpback Whales

The magnificent humpback whale visits the Whitsunday Islands every year during the months of late July through till October on their annual pilgrimage to warmer waters. 

Whitsunday Anemone Fish - Find Nemo!

Whilst diving in the Whitsundays do not miss the opportunity to dive on one of our Nemo trails...

Wobbegong Shark

The word "wobbegong" is believed to come from an Australian Aboriginal language, meaning "shaggy beard", referring to the growths around the mouth of the shark of the Great Barrier Reef. 

Maori Wrass

The Maori Wrasse is the favourite fish of some of the staff at Sailing Whitsundays

Green Turtles

Green turtles are one the largest turtle that visits the Whitsundays. The aboriginals knew that when you cooked a green turtle their fat turned an unusual bright green. This is how the name was derived. 

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