The Whitsundays is a diverse region offering more than 74 individual islands to explore. While only some are developed for tourism purposes, the spectacular natural environment offers an almost endless array of things to see and do. Surrounded by the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the islands feature a fantastic range of activities and attractions with a focus on water sports.
Renowned as a diving mecca, the Whitsundays offers dive companies and courses to cater for beginners all the way through to advanced and there are even 5-day learn to dive courses available at resorts. The crystal waters, soft white sand beaches, colourful corals and abundant marine life of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays make them one of the most sought after dive locations in the world.
There are spectacular dive sites just off the coast but if snorkelling is more your style then there are plenty of opportunities just off the beach as many islands are surrounded by fringing reefs. The warm, welcoming waters of the Whitsundays also help to make them a poplar sailing spot.
With calm waters and the largest fleet of bareboat charters in the Southern Hemisphere, you're guaranteed to find a sailing experience to enjoy. There are multi-hulls, cruisers, luxury yachts and more available for you to skipper yourself or skippers and crew can be provided if preferred.
The Whitsunday region is also lucky enough to sit right in the path of the annual Humpback Whale migration and these magnificent creatures can be seen frolicking in the waters of the islands during their annual migration period from July to September. The National Parks that dominate the islands and the Goorganga wetlands which stretch south from Proserpine are home to a series of waterways, native flora and fauna, birdlife and a wide variety of wildlife that will keep your stroll busy with wildlife spotting.