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Diving in Heron Island

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When to go to Heron Island

Heron Island has a tropical climate with an average air temperature of 27C/81F. The water temperature averages 21C/70F during the winter and 26C/79F during the summer. Sea turtles come here for breeding from December to April. Whale season is during the winter months. What to see The most exciting species at Heron Island are eagle rays, manta rays, sea turtles, reef sharks, wobbegongs, and lionfish. Other species include colorful nudibranchs, scorpionfish, barracudas, and coral trout.

Scuba diving in Heron Island

Heron Island is a coral cay close to Gladstone in Australia surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef. It is a part of the marine national park, with protected beautiful flora and fauna. This island not only serves as a great resort area, but is also a famous destination for snorkeling and scuba diving for divers of all levels. There are 21 dive sites available for divers of all levels, who can discover unspoiled corals, canyons, walls, huge bommies, and plateaus. The average depth of the dive sites is 10-18m/33-59ft, while the visibility can reach 28m/92ft. The current is 0-2 knots. Most famous dive sites Heron Island’s signature dive site is the Heron Bommie dive site, which consists of six huge coral heads used as a cleaning station for eagle and manta rays. Other famous dive sites around here are Tenements, with enormous bommies hidden close to a 12m/39ft wide coral plateau, Turtle Gully, with a magnificent wall from 8 to 14m/26-46ft, and Coral Canyons.