Heron Island Activities

Complimentary Activities

  • Guided reef walks (operate daily subject to tides)
  • Island ecology walks
  • Guided bird life walks
  • Wildlife presentations
  • Educational slide shows
  • Snorkelling lessons in swimming pool
  • Trivia Night

Optional Activities (charges apply)

  • Snorkelling excursions to the reef edge
  • Kayak and snorkel gear hire
  • Junior Ranger & Junior Ranger Plus Program for kids 7 to 12 years
  • Semi-submarine coral viewing cruises
  • Diving tours, activities and classes
  • Fishing trips (No Fishing Available: 28 October - 01 November 2017 & 26 - 30 November 2017 due to Great Barrier Reef Fin Fish Closure)
  • Sunset Cruises
  • Beach Picnic Hampers
  • Spa treatments at the Aqua Soul Spa
  • Turtle Tour (peak nesting times December - April)
  • Stargazing

Heron Island Diving

Daytime Diving: Packages are available to include scuba tanks, weights, belts and the boat trips on Heron and Wistari Reef.

Night Diving: Conducted weather permitting on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays. Divers must have completed a minimum of 20 dives, logged a previous night dive or take part in the night dive as part of an advanced course.

Dive Centre: Open daily, this is a fully serviced Dive Shop.

Discover Scuba Diving: Ideal for beginners who do not hold a certified licence these courses include hire equipment, classroom and pool sessions and one supervised dive with a qualified instructor. Course participation is subject to the completion of a medical questionnaire prior to diving.

Adventure Diving: A full day trip exploring pristine reefs where marine life abounds in these isolated locations such as Wilson, Fitzroy, Lamont, Broomfield and Skyes. Includes dives, lunch and beverages. Maximum 8 divers.

Referral Dive Courses: Take all of your theory and pool sessions at home and complete the certification dives at Heron Island. The Referral course takes two days to complete. Please ensure you bring with you, two passport-sized photos, a referral statement and a medical certificate (A.S.4005.1) signed by a specialist dive doctor.

Refreshers: If you have not dived recently (twelve months or more), refresher courses are conducted in the resort pool before your first dive on the island.

Children: Diving is available for children 14 years and over. If they are certified, children aged 12 years and over may dive, however they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

All diving must be booked and paid for on the Island. When booking accommodation please include a note that the passenger has an intention to dive. Booking of individual dives are booked directly with the dive shop after arriving on Heron Island.

Safety regulations on Heron Island require that guests travelling from the Island by helicopter and/or by fixed wing aircraft must not dive for a minimum of 24 hours prior to flying.

All dive courses are instructed in English only, and are subject to weather conditions. Diving is not guaranteed on the day of arrival. Australian Scuba Diving Standards require that all certified scuba divers that have any medical conditions such as Asthma, Epilepsy, Diabetes, Heart, Lung or Blood Disorders of any kind require a fully completed Regulation Medical Form (A.S.4005.1) from a Diving Doctor.

The form must be completed prior to arrival and presented to the Heron Marine Centre when registering for diving stating you are totally fit to dive by Australian Standards. If you do not have this Medical Form and have a medical condition, you may be excluded from diving on Heron Island. The Medical Form can be obtained from this website under Registration and Medical. For all dive courses, two passport sized photos, a 'C' card and logbook must also be presented to the Reception on arrival.

Nature on Heron Island

The following information is a calendar of biological events throughout a 12 month period on Heron Island.

January: Active bird life. Peak breeding season for sea birds, Black Noddies, Mutton Birds and Reef Herons. Female Turtles lay eggs on the beach and hatchlings make their way to sea.

February: Wedge tailed Shearwater Mutton Bird chicks hatching. Female Turtles still laying.

March: Migratory birds - Some birds show breeding plumage during March as they return to their Arctic nesting grounds. Birds still nesting include the Buff-banded Rail and the Black Noddy Tern. End of turtle nesting season.

April: Noddies departing the Island. Young Wedge-tail Shearwater birds leave their burrows. Adult Shearwaters leave the Island.

May: Last of the turtle hatchling leave their nests. Young Wedge-tailed Shearwaters are still learning to fly.

June: Humpback Whales northern migration begins.

July: Humpback Whales frequently sighted. Eastern Reef Egrets start building their nests.

August: Humpback Whale sightings.

September: Humpback Whales active and migatory birds such as the Eastern Golden Plovers and Ruddy Turnstones are now returning. Turtle mating may be seen.

October: Black Noddies begin returning. Whales and their calves now heading south to the Antarctic Resident. Silver Eyes and Black Noddies nesting. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters return. Turtle mating may be observed.

November: Turtle egg laying begins. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters nesting begins. Black Noddies eggs can be seen in the nest. Annual synchronised mass spawning.

December: Bird life is extremely active. Turtles are laying eggs and hatchlings emerging from the sand Coral spawning may occur.