Snorkelling and Scuba Diving the Whitsundays
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 wonders of the world. The reef stretches for 2300 kilometres along the Queensland Coast. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the worlds' largest protected reef system. In the Whitsunday Islands, we are fortunate to have Inner Shelf "Fringing" Reefs which extend from the edge of the islands. These fringing reefs are home to both hard and soft corals and many varieties of colourful fish and turtles.
The fringing reefs, nestled into the bays and coves of the islands are generally protected from large ocean swells and strong winds, which helps to protect the soft corals and generally means that the waters are calmer. Ideal for both swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. Another benefit for guests visiting the Whitsundays, is that the reefs are easily accessible from the beaches, which is particularly good for the first time snorkeller or diver.
With the large choice of snorkel and dive locations around the Whitsundays, we can select different locations, based on the prevailing winds and tides. In the winter months through to November, we tend to have winds coming from the South East. Therefore, we would snorkel or dive in locations best protected, for example, Langford Reef, Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island or Luncheon Bay on Hook Island. If the winds come from the North, we would move to locations such as, Mackeral Bay, Saba Bay or Ravens Cove.
All guests will be supplied with a wet suit, mask and snorkel, and be provided with a snorkelling brief by the Crew. Additional floatation, such as Noodles are available to assist weaker swimmers. Once in the water the crew will be close by in a tender, to assist guests as required. Once snorkelling, guests will be amazed at the thousands of fish going about their life and swimming close by.
We offer Diving for Introduction or Certified Divers when our yachts meet with the Dive Boat during the tour. Certified Divers need to present their Dive Card to the crew. All dives, whether introductory or certified will be with a dive guide. For introductory divers the process will take around 90 minutes, which includes completing paperwork, running through an introduction to diving brief, putting on dive gear and practicing skills. Once ready to dive, a dive will last 25 to 30 minutes and dive to a depth of around 8 metres. All guests wishing to Scuba Dive will be required to complete a questionnaire which includes health check information. Scuba Dives for the overnight tours do not need to be pre-booked, guests can either decide at check-in or during the tour.
SCUBA DIVING IMPORTANT MEDICAL CHECKS
Before guests can Scuba Dive a Medical Questionnaire will need to be completed, guests who have the following medical conditions may not be allowed to dive: Asthma, Weezing or Breathing Difficulties, A head cold, Sinusitus or Ear Problems, Lung Disease, Collapsed Lung, Heart Conditions, High Blood Pressure, Epilepsy or Seizures, Blackouts or Faintings, Motion Sickness, Recurring Back Problems or a Hernia, if you are Pregnant. This list is not complete and if you are concerned and would like to dive, please see a Queensland Doctor before taking the tour and ask for a Dive Medical Clearance examination. A doctor in Airlie Beach can also offer the Dive Medical.