Scuba Diving in the Whitsundays - Whitsunday Escape™
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Scuba Diving in the Whitsundays

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has a reputation for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world! There are many options for you to dive the Whitsundays:

  • rent scuba gear through AquaDive – you need to provide your valid dive ticket and only available at Coral Sea Marina*
  • organise a rendezvous guided dive with Aqua5 Scuba Diving – you need to provide your valid dive ticket
  • jump on board one of the dive operators for a day tour and enjoy an intro dive or Padi dive

The best dive sites and visibility in the Whitsundays are within the vicinity of the northern and eastern anchorages on:

  • Hook Island
  • Hayman Island
  • Langford Island
  • Border Island

Your onboard copy of the cruising guide “100 Magic Miles” lists recommended dive sites.

Dive gear can be ordered through Whitsunday Escape or you may wish to contact the dive shop directly (located below our office).
Aqua Dive PH: 07 4946 4074.

Safety and storage constraints apply to the number of scuba tanks you can take onboard your boat, check with Whitsunday Escape before ordering.

*NB – dive gear can only be rented from Coral Sea Marina as regulations now enforce a face-to-face safety briefing.

Snorkelling gear included free of charge

Whitsunday Escape provide a mask, snorkel and fins free of charge for all your crew.

Our friendly team will send you a ‘Sizing Request Form’ which will ask for the shoe size of each person travelling prior to your arrival so your gear can be organised and ready for collection.

Prescription masks can be hired for a fee from the dive store below our office.

Tips on Snorkelling & Diving

Water Temperatures

Average sea water temperatures range from:

  • 23oC in the winter months, to
  • 27 oC in the summer months.

Wetsuits are useful for extended snorkelling or scuba diving in the winter and are great all year round to protect you from sunburn, coral scratches and stingers.