Mantaray Charters is a Day Tour Operation Based in Airlie Beach for over 14 years, Gateway to the Beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Hill inlet Lookout, Whitehaven Beach, Diving and Snorkelling some of the best bays available in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Their experienced and friendly team are here to ensure your day is a memorable one!
Maximum number of 35 Passengers, her Crew know how to make your day one of the most enjoyable experiences, and leave you with lasting memories to cherrish, and take home with you.
From the time we pick you up from your accommodation, in their Free Courtesy Bus, you will begin to relax and smile
The minute you board Mantaray, enjoy a cup of tea, coffee, or Milo (choc) and Australian Lamingtons, you will feel at ease and relaxed! Our Friendly and experienced creware there to assist you in any way they can.
Our day begins with Mantaray heading out of the Marina, and (depending on weather and tidal conditions) heads out past the beautiful scenic beauty of the Islands, on our way to Hill Inlet Lookout, and Whitehaven Beach. After some time Exploring and enjoying the georgeous views and Pure Silicon sand of Whitehaven Beach........
From here it's about time for Lunch, so enjoy our gorgeous Buffet lunch, on the way to the fantastic crystal clear Blue waters, and Best snorkel, swim, and Scuba Dive spots available in the Whitsundays.
Swimming, Snorkelling, or Scuba Diving? The choice is yours. We provide
Introductory Dives are also available for those that have never experienced it before. (You will be required to fill out a Medical Condition Questionaire).
Snorkelling is great fun and a fantastic way to watch the Marine life. Our Team will offer Snorkelling tips and assistance should you be a little nervous, we also offer Flotation devices, for the Non Olympic Swimmers on board.
Certified Diving is available on board, with a guarenteed two dives, all dives are guided by one of our Qualified Dive Team. we believe that slow diving is good diving!
Just Relaxing?........Well you don't need us to do that, so we won't disturb you, unless you require assistance of course!!
Everyone is back on board, Time for a delicious Fruit and Cheese Platter!.........Unfortunatly time has come to head back to Airlie Beach.
Our Free Courtesy Bus will drop you back to your accommodation, in plenty of time for you to dress up and go out on the town to enjoy our Famous Airlie Beach Hospitality.
Mantaray Charters Full Day Tour, including Hill Inlet Lookout, and Whitehaven Beach, as well as the best Snorkel and Dive Sites. The bays we select are based on weather conditions prevailing at the time. But as a guide we have plenty to choose from some well known reef sites such as, (but not limited to)
Mantaray Bay, Luncheon Bay, Butterfly Bay, Maureens Cove, and Blue Pearl Bay. Langford Reef,
Please be aware that whilst we always endevour to achieve their schedule and timeframe for departure and return times. However, Due to Certain unavoidable circumstanses, such as (but not limited to) Inclement weather conditions, Mechanical Breakdowns, They cannot, and do not, offer any Guarentee, Pledge, or warrenty associated with the Departure or return times, and as such Mantaray Charters nor any Associated Company or individual, or entity representing the Company Mantaray Charters will not be Liable for any costs incurred on guests for non scheduled Return Times. It is the responsibility of the paying guest to ensure adequate time for transfer.
What is the best time of year to dive in Queensland?
The warm waters of Tropical North Queensland are ideal for year round diving. Water temperature can vary from 22° to 28° Celsius (75° to 85°F).
Are there sharks on the Great Barrier Reef?
Yes, there are sharks in every ocean. A variety of sharks inhabit the Great Barrier Reef. What we most commonly encounter are smaller species which pose no threat to divers or snorkellers. The shark that Australia is infamous for is the Great White shark, prefers cold water of the Southern Ocean and does not exist in Tropical North Queensland.
I have heard about the stinging jellyfish. Can I still go diving?
There are 2 main types of dangerous jellyfish in our local waters. The Box Jellyfish is coastal dwelling and is never seen on the reef. They breed in estuaries and live their life on the shoreline, therefore do not pose a threat to divers. The Irukandji jellyfish is also predominantly a coastal dweller but is occasionally found on the reef. Divers are rarely troubled by either species but there is still a risk of being stung. Full body coverage is recommended when jellyfish are prevalent. The jellyfish season in North Queensland is from November to April.
What depths will I be diving to?
The Great Barrier Reef is generally not a deep dive destination – so more your shallow diving. Our dive sites have an average depth range of 10 - 25 metres (30-80 feet). As coral relies on sunlight for growth, some of the best snorkelling and diving can be done in shallow areas around the reef top.
Do I need my own equipment?
No. Majority of dive operators include all required equipment you may need for any dive or snorkel package.
What if I am travelling alone? Who will I dive with?
Before every dive, the dive supervisor conducts a detailed site briefing beforehand. You will be allocated a dive buddy. We offer an Instructor in the water for the first dive to see if the certified divers are ok in the water and the first night dive will be offered with an Instructor.
If a friend / partner is a certified diver or non-diver, can they come on the same trip with me whilst I’m on the course? Yes
I have forgotten / lost my certification card / license, can I still dive?
Yes, as long as evidence of certification can be provided eg log book, verification letter from your certifying dive company. You can do this by contacting your original certifying organizations. We can provide assistance in this area if you are PADI/SSI affiliated.
What accommodation facilities are available onboard liveaboard vessels?
All liveaboard vessels have twin share cabins and double cabins available. Price can vary between cabin types and dive operators. For clients travelling alone, we will always try and arrange a twin share cabin with another person of the same sex.
Can you pick me up from my accommodation?
Majority of companies offer complimentary transfers from Cairns though some will charge for Northern Beach accommodation (as far as Palm Cove) pickups. They do not pick up from private addresses but will collect passengers from the nearest hotel or pick up point.
What is Reef Tax – EMC?
A compulsory fee is collected for the Government Environmental Management Charge. A total fee per person is payable directly to operators. This amount incorporates the EMC as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs. (This fee varies from company to company and is subject to change at short notice)
What do I bring on the boat?
You will need to take a towel, swimwear, comfortable clothes for dive trip, toiletries etc. Luggage needs to be kept to a minimum (small bag) as space is limited on boats.
When can I fly next after diving?
PADI standards recommend you leave at least 24 hours after your last dive before flying. You can fly, then dive the same day, however not dive then fly. You will complete your last dive around 12 noon on your last day of the liveaboard trip, so flying the next day anytime after noon will be ok. Other activities to avoid are sky diving, hot air ballooning and going to Kuranda.
Do I need a medical to go diving?
Important Information For Course Participants continuing on with their dive education.
Insufficient dive qualifications and/or some medical conditions may prevent you from diving. Prior to diving, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your diving qualifications, experience & current fitness to dive prior to commencing your course. Participants will be required to complete a PADI Medical statement.
Should you answer yes to any of the medical question asked you will be required to consult a doctor to acquire a written medical clearance to dive prior to your dive course/trip. If you are unsure about a specific medical condition please check with your doctor or with us prior to making your reservation.
Important Information For Certified Divers
You will be required to sign a Waiver Release & Indemnity Deed onboard the vessel.
Please Note: Some medical conditions may prevent you diving. You will be required to complete a waiver and medical statement prior to diving. If you would answer 'Yes' to any of the questions below you will need to consult a doctor and acquire a medical certificate stating that you're 'fit to dive' prior to your dive trip.
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