The Whitsundays underwater world is exciting and beautiful and there are many pristine locations to experience life under the sea. However, snorkelling can be a strenuous activity, even in calm water, and may increase health and safety risks for some people. Follow the guidelines outlined by Queensland Government so your experience is safe and memorable.


  • Always snorkel in buddy pairs
  • Always stay in an area close to the boat or shore
  • If in doubt about your limits, wear a flotation device
  • Use hand signals so you know when to return to the boat or to let people know if you need help
  • To avoid sunburn, use sunscreen and wear suitable clothing – ie, stinger or wet suit
  • Do not drink alcohol before snorkelling

Snorkelling may increase the risks for people suffering from:

  • Medical conditions worsened by physical exertion, for example heart disease, asthma, some lung complaints
  • Medical conditions that can result in loss of consciousness, for example epilepsy and some diabetic conditions
  • Asthma can be brought on by cold water or salt water mist

Snorkelling equipment

Snorkels, Masks & Fins are free for all guests and can be collected on arrival.  If collecting from an island resort, advise fin sizes in advance so they can be loaded on to your vessel. We hire stinger suits and 1mm wet suits, depending on the time of year. We recommend you hire these items, mainly for UV protection. You’re also welcome to bring your own equipment and in-the-water sun protection gear.

Where to snorkel

We share the 10 best snorkelling spots in the Whitsundays on our blog.

Scuba diving

Excellent visibility and warm water make the Whitsunday Islands a scuba diver’s paradise. Book a course in the Whitsundays before you set sail and put your new skills into practice.

Diving Equipment

If you’d prefer to hire your own scuba diving equipment, Aqua Dive at Coral Sea Marina has everything you need. It also provides a map showing some of the best dive spots and the locations of air tank filling facilities around the islands. Equipment can be collected from Aqua Dive prior to your charter.

Phone: (07) 4946 4074


Where to scuba DIVE

We share the best scuba diving sites with the Whitsunday Rent a Yacht charter limit on our blog.

Get In Touch

1800 075 000

+61 7 4946 9232


6 Bay Terrace
Shute Harbour QLD 4802

Office Hours

8am - 5pm Weekdays
8am - 4pm Weekends
8am - 4pm Public holidays

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Whitsunday Rent a Yacht acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and in particular the Traditional Owners of the Whitsunday's Region, the Gia, Juru and Ngaro People; We recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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