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Snorkelling & scuba diving

Want to explore the Whitsundays above and below the water while you're on a cruising holiday? A spectacular underwater world awaits - snorkel at the surface or dive the depths.


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 and masks (including prescription masks as required) can be hired for a small fee. 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 supply 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 Abell Point 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


A potato cod in the waters of a Whitsunday coral reef

Rub noses with some of the most spectacular underwater creatures in the world when you snorkel or scuba dive in the Whitsundays.