Diving and Snorkelling

With 2,900 islands to explore, warm waters all-year-round and some of the world's best dive sites, from snorkelling right off the beach to jumping on a tour and head out to the wilds of the Great Barrier Reef.

Depending on the season, you can:
  • Glide with the Manta rays at Lady Elliot Island
  • Snorkel with Whales during their migration
  • Witness the rush of a live shark feed in Queensland's Wild North.
  • Stare in wonderment at the colourful coral of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take a selfie with some reef fish for the ultimate profile picture
  • Swim alongside huge Turtles 

From casual snorkellers to experienced divers, everyone will discover their inner child in Queensland's heavenly waters.

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Seaflight Bommie Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Seaflight Bommie Dive Site is a majestic coral decorated bommie that sits in the Knuckle Reef Lagoon on Airlie Beach. This site offers you an incredible diversity of corals and marine life to explore including numerous species of clams, hard and soft corals. It also offers excellent underwater landscapes that are great for micro photography.

Light House Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Light House Bommie site off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef is a group of small coral outcrops packed with marine life. Snorkel across a sandy patch, descend past a coral ledge and drift onto the bommies to see Manta Rays waiting to be cleaned by Cleaner Wrasse. Home to batfish, stingrays, whitespotted shovelnose rays, green and loggerhead turtles, sea snakes, moray eels, coral trout, reef sharks, trevally, barracuda and many others. Leopard sharks are seen during summer.

Lady Musgrave Island Dive Sites

Bundaberg, Bundaberg Area
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Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef is accessible from either Bundaberg or the Town of 1770. This 44 acre coral cay sits in a lagoon of approximately 3,000 acres with 14 world class dive sites: Manta Ray and Entrance Bombies, Napoleon's Wall and The Drop-off to name a few. Snorkel the shallows or dive coral gardens on the northern side and the extensive drop-off on the southern side. Divers and snorkellers may come face to face with manta rays, turtles, schooling fish, reef sharks, colourful reef fish, stingrays, and even sea snakes.

Hoffman's Rocks Dive Site

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
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Hoffman's Rocks is a colourful dive in Woongarra Marine Park which can be accessed from Bargara. A feature of the dive is split bommie - two large submerged rocks with a swim through and small cave. Diver's will be treated to seeing resting turtles, bull rays, groupers and wobbegong sharks. There is a vast array of soft corals (gorgonia sea fans and ‘trees’ of ‘pom poms’) and scattered hard corals. Many varieties of nudibranchs are unique to this location. Schools of barracuda and trevally, lionfish, cuttlefish and even Olive sea snakes are attracted to this area.

Coral Gardens Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Coral Gardens at Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef is a very interesting shore dive with a maximum depth of around 12 metres. The gardens were damaged by a cyclone in 1992 but have recovered remarkably since then. This is an extremely good night dive site with all types of marine life. Night dwellers like the painted cray can be found out of their daytime hiding place.

Maori Wrasse Bommie Dive Site

Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg Area
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The Maori Wrasse Bommie off Lady Elliot Island in the Great Barrier Reef takes its name from the family of Wrasse which frequent the area. Reef sharks are frequently seen patrolling the nearby reef wall and arches area. Follow the wall further north to Spyders Ledge, named for the number of shells by that name found in the area. Look for the shy Barramundi Cod and the brightly coloured clown triggerfish.

Green Island Fringing Reefs

Cairns, Cairns Area
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Green Island, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a true coral island surrounded by sandy beaches and a huge coral reef system. Four metres above sea level, 606 metres long, 200 metres wide and half a kilometre in circumference. Good snorkelling, average scuba diving, underwater observatory. Excellent for day visitors. Dive shop, scuba diving tuition and dive charter Boats to reef nearby. Resort accommodation, Cafe and souvenir shops also on island.

Barolin Rocks Dive Site

Bargara, Bundaberg Area
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Woongarra Marine Park in the Bundaberg region offers some of Queenslands most accessible shore diving including this site at Barolin Rocks. The rocky coastline provides you with plenty of colourful hard and soft corals to explore only a few metres from the shore. Small to medium size species of reef fish, rays and some pelagics abound on the reef's edge. You also have a very good chance of seeing nudibranchs, moray eels, turtles, sea snakes and wobbegong sharks on this dive.
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Located out in the open ocean this Site has consistently amazing visibility. It's always over 30 metres, and often better than that. The open ocean isolation also draws in large pelagic fish such as dogtooth tuna, mackerel and barracuda. These reefs are great places to spot sharks of all kinds, especially white tipped reef sharks. Over the past 20 years, feeding by dive operators at certain dive spots has caused the resident reef sharks, potato cod and other fish to become accustomed to divers; they are not skittish and allow close observation. Some operators offer a shark feed dive, where sharks are drawn in to a feeding station. These reefs offer a combination of diving, from dramatic wall dives to intricate coral formations, huge soft corals and reef flats.

Stepping Stones Dive Site

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Stepping Stones, off Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, is a series of 18 or more flat-topped coral pinnacles forming "stepping stones" with many interesting channels and caves to explore. Large areas of plate coral with fields of blue staghorn, schools of Batfish, Giant Maori wrasse, moray eels, and an abundant variety of tropical fish. Snorkelling across the tops is excellent.
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