Whether you are an experienced scuba diver or a complete beginner, the Whitsunday Islands offer everything from introductory dives to courses for different levels of certification.
PADI offer courses including Open Water, Advanced and Divermaster certificates, and you can take refresher courses too. More advanced, professional-level certification can also be found like Rescue Diver and Emergency First Response.
Although it is possible to take dive courses on a few of the Whitsundays – like Hamilton Island – there is a much better choice available from Airlie Beach, and of course with all the competition you will get a better deal. Don’t be afraid to shop around…
Experience a whole new world under the warm, crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays. Swim with the incredible marine life that must be seen to be believed – an experience you will never forget. It’s also possible to take a night dive, and if you are able to do so it’s a highly recommended experience! If you don’t want to take a diving course to become certified you still scuba dive along with a qualified diving instructor.
Although some great diving can be enjoyed amongst the Whitsundays (particularly around Hook Island), for the very best dives you should consider taking a boat trip out to the outer reef – these are very easily arranged and well worth the effort. It is also possible to arrange a diving course that includes a visit to the Great Barrier Reef: a great way of learning to dive and seeing the reef and you really shouldn’t miss visiting it if at all possible.
And if for any reason you prefer not to scuba dive, snorkeling gear is easy to use, inexpensive and widely available to hire or buy. While not offering quite the experience of a scuba dive, there is so much spectacular underwater life to see in the Whitsunday Islands region that you won’t feel like you are missing out!
You can talk about diving in the Whitsundays (and other stuff) in our forum.
You can even grab a few things and hop aboard a catamaran to get away and explore some of the more remote and secluded diving spots: have a great – and a safe – dive!