Spank Me Rendezvous Scuba Diving
Snorkeling in the Whitsunday Islands
Spank Me will attempt to meet up with a rendezvous dive boat during the trip for those wanting to dive. This is not always possible. Snorkeling is free of charge and snorkel gear is provided on Spank Me.
Water temperatures in the Whitsundays are between 20-28 degrees centigrade or 50-80 degrees farenhieght making the diving a year round option.
Complying with Queensland dive laws all passengers intending to intro dive are asked to complete a medical questionaire, a disclaimer form and attend a pre dive briefing before they can dive.
Passengers over the age of 45 or with a history of asthma, diabetes, ear or heart conditions, recent surgery, epilepsy, pregnant, on medication or with recurring ear problems might be excluded from scuba diving unless a recent dive medical certificate is produced.
The minimum age for diving in Queensland is 12 years of age.
All certified divers must produce current diver certification.
All passengers snorkeling must wear stinger suits. Divers must have either a wet suit or stinger suit. Dangerous marine stingers inhabit the tropical waters of Queensland so all passengers must wear protection. While stings are not common they do happen every year. Stinger suits are provided inclusive of the price quoted unless stated otherwise.
It is well worth the effort to snorkel on Spank Me liveaboards. There are about 1500 species of fish, 350 different types of coral, 400 types of molluscs and 10,000 different types of sponges that inhabit this region.
The fringing reefs found within the Whitsunday Islands are home to a large variety of hard and soft corals. Many of the soft corals have unbelievable colour and are extremely fragile and attractive to view.
The fish within the islands don't feel threatened by humans in the regular dive locations and there are Giant Maori Wrass that are usually easily approached. Many have been named by the crew that visit regularly.
Bat fish often come to boats in schools and smaller colourful fish are abundant.
Sea turtles are often sighted swimming, coming to the surface for air and even mating on the surface.
Dolphins will often surf the bow wave of the boats and during the months of July, August and September each year over 10,000 Humpback Whales make their way through the waters of the Whitsunday Islands and are sighted regularly.