Snorkelling

Children snorkelling in sheltered water

Snorkelling is a must do activity whilst out on charter and we can direct you to all the great spots around the national park islands. Many of the islands have fringing reefs that offer excellent coral reefs right off the beach or accessible by jumping straight off the back of your boat or tender. See Turtles, Manta Rays, Maori Wrasse, Reef Sharks (harmless!) and many smaller tropical fish – including Nemo!

Snorkelling Gear Provided

All snorkel gear is complimentary as part of your charter and supplied by Aqua Dive here at Abell Point Marina. Their staff will fit you out with custom sizes for masks, snorkels and fins and give a brief overview on how to get the best out of your snorkelling experience. Wetsuits & Stinger suits are also available for hire (stinger suits are recommended between November and April)

Our Favourite Snorkelling Spots

  • Blue Pearl Bay
  • Luncheon Bay
  • Bali Hai/Black Island
  • Saba Bay
  • Maureens Cove
  • Langford Island

Diving

Diver with a turtle on the fringing reefs of the Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsundays are blessed with many bays and coves which are well protected from prevailing winds and ocean swells, giving scuba divers ease and peace of mind when exploring new territory – not to mention the outstanding abundance of marine life and coral reefs found around the islands.

You don’t need to be a certified SCUBA diver to enjoy diving in the Whitsundays. Our partners Tornado Dive can take you diving at a number of amazing locations – even if you have never dived before.

New to diving OR want a guided dive?

If you want try scuba diving for the first time or just have someone accompany you to show you the best places, meet up with Tornado Dive and their local rendezvous dive boat “Skybird” and let them show you the ropes.

Tornado Dive operate from Tuesday to Sunday around the northern end of Hook Island, close to the best dive sites. All guides are qualified PADI Dive Instructors and a safety brief is conducted prior to diving.

What they offer

Intro Dive
$90 – approx. 30 mins, includes all gear including wetsuits

Guided Certified Dive
$90 – approx. 30 mins, includes all gear including wetsuits

How to book

Simply give them a call on the radio on your first day of charter to see where they will be located and book in your preferred time and day. If you would like to book in advance you contact them directly through their website below.

Tornado Dive

Experienced Divers (PADI or SSI certified)

If you prefer the freedom of discovering the underwater world by your own lead and are a certified diver, then why not hire your own gear and explore the wonders yourself? Full or part dive gear can be hired from the marina dive shop, Aqua Dive, and tanks are easily stowed on board and can be refilled by Tornado Dive for a minimal cost.

Open water dive certifications from most of the world’s certifying agencies are recognised in Australia. While PADI and SSI are the most common, we often see divers certified through BSAC, CMAS, NAUI and other agencies. If you are in doubt about whether your qualification will be recognised, contact Aqua Dive before your sailing holiday to confirm.

Dive Gear Rental
(full set, including wetsuit & 2 tanks)

5 nights: $170
7 nights: $200
10 nights: $275
14 nights: $375

Aqua Dive: Equipment Rental

Dive Safety

It is recommended you always take a buddy when diving new areas and have a watchkeeper keeping an eye from above the water. Even though the Whitsundays are calm and protected tides can still be an issue, therefore please have a chat with the experienced staff at Aqua Dive when you pick up your gear who will be able to offer a wealth of knowledge and advise on getting the best experience out of your diving adventures.