Sports and the Outdoors in Heron Island
Sports and the Outdoors
You can book snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing excursions as well as turtle-watching tours and sunset cruises through Heron Island Marine Centre & Dive Shop. Snorkeling lessons and refresher dive courses are free. Snorkeling trips are A$50.
Various diving options include a resort diving course for beginners, including training and one guided dive, for A$190 (subsequent dives, A$139). For certified divers it's A$70 per dive, and just A$50 per dive upward of five dives. Night dives, including light stick and flashlight, are A$99. Three-, five-, and seven-night dive packages include multiple dives throughout Heron and Wistari reefs, as well as accommodation, breakfast, buffet lunch, dinner, and all tanks and weights, starting from A$270 per person per night. Half- and full-day dive boat charters are also available.
For all dives, prebooking is essential, and gear costs you extra. Children under 7 aren't permitted on snorkeling trips, under-10s can't go diving, and under-14s must be accompanied by an adult (and if diving, must be certified).
Heron Island Marine Centre & Dive Shop. In addition to diving, snorkeling, and semisubmersible trips, Heron Island Marine Centre & Dive Shop runs three-hour fishing trips and half- and full-day guided reef-fishing charters for up to 10 passengers, with gear, tackle, and optional stops for snorkeling. Toast the sunset on an hour-long wine-and-cheese cruise or book a charter cruise for up to eight people. Heron Island, QLD. 07/4972–9055. www.heronisland.com. A$50 semisubmersible tour, A$50 90-min snorkeling trip, A$70–A$695 per-person scuba diving packages, A$115 3-hr fishing trip, A$75 sunset cruise. Half- and full-day group reef-fishing cruises and charter cruises can be booked upon request. Daily 8–5:30.
Snorkeling and Semisubmersible
Nondivers wanting to explore their underwater environs can take a half-day snorkeling tour of Heron and Wistari reefs, or an hour-long, naturalist-guided semisubmersible tour. Guided reef and birdlife walks, movies under the stars, and visits to the island's Marine Research Station are free.