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Tropical Cruise and Dive

Wheeler Reef – visibility and biodiversity. They travel forty-eight miles north-east from Townsville and the sea turns bright aquamarine; a shining sand cay signals their arrival – Wheeler Reef! A platform reef perched close to the continental shelf drop-off, Wheeler is truly one of the best examples of marine biodiversity in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This isolated place has long been protected from fishing or collecting so it is in pristine condition. The average visibility of 30 metres and depths ranging from two metres to over 30 metres make this reef suitable for everyone, from first-time snorkellers through to experienced divers looking for a challenge.

The Tropical Reef Adventure Experience: Young people from four to 70 years old will love their experience on our top quality purpose-built snorkel and dive boat, Jazz II. With limited passenger numbers and a high crew to passenger ratio, the atmosphere on-board is friendly, personal and involving.

Who can dive at Wheeler Reef? Snorkellers and divers, in fact anyone who is medically fit can dive at Wheeler Reef. Divers having less than six logged dives are required to be accompanied by our Dive Master on guided dives.

If you haven’t dived before that’s not a problem. As long as you do not suffer from a medical condition that would preclude diving, one of their experienced instructors can show you the basics and take you for one or two PADI Discover Scuba Dives.

Touring Options

Wheeler Reef Day Trip

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on board Tropical Diving’s fast and comfortable new 53 foot purpose-built dive boat Jazz II. From your protected anchorage in the aqua waters off Wheeler Reef you will dive into the brilliant hues of pristine coral reef amongst abundant marine life. In 1989 Wheeler Reef was declared a protected zone. The Townsville reefs are not over-visited. In fact, it is not unusual for your vessel to have this pristine coral reef completely to itself.

Certified divers can use your own gear or hire ours.

Tour departs from Townsville and Magnetic Island.

Activites and Experiences at Tropical Cruise and Dive

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