7 ways to celebrate World Oceans Day

Oceans cover over 70% of the planet’s surface and yet 95% of the sea remains unexplored. It’s a magnificent ecosystem that produces most of the oxygen we breathe.

If you love the sea, channel your inner Moana and celebrate #WorldOceansDay (8th June) right here in Queensland.

Adore it from above

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays, Plane | World Oceans Day

Take off from the Whitsundays and see the ocean from above with Air Whitsunday Seaplanes. You’ll soar over the Great Barrier Reef and pay a visit to the iconic Heart Reef.

Pack your swimmers because you won’t be able to resist diving in!

Skydive Australia | World Oceans Day

Celebrate the day by diving out of a plane (with a parachute obviously).

Free fall for up to 60 seconds over Fraser Island with Sky Dive Australia and take in 360 degrees of spectacular ocean views. As you get closer to your landing zone (Rainbow Beach) you’ll see more of Fraser Coast’s stunning beaches including Inskip Point, Double Island Point and Tin Can Bay.

Be near it

Summersite - picnic on the beach

Image by Carly Brown

A beach picnic is a must-do on World Oceans Day, so round up your mates, pack your gear and grub (food) and head to your favourite beach.

Make this day extra special and host your picnic on the shorelines of Whitehaven Beach, voted 2017 Australia’s best beach by Tripadvisor.

To help you plan, here’s 5 ways you can see Australia’s best beach.

A local’s guide to the Gold Coast’s best beaches

“Our oceans, our future” is this year’s theme and if you want to get involved, why not roll up your sleeves and volunteer to clean your local beach.

Psst! If you’re passionate about volunteering, here’s how you can turn your passion into a holiday.

Be on it

Kayaking the Whitsundays

Launch your kayak and spend the day exploring the Whitsundays islands with Salty Dog Kayaking. If you’re up for the ultimate kayaking adventure, check out this 5 day itinerary.

Looking to take your kayak on the road? Here’s 5 more places you can kayak on the Great Barrier Reef.

Bareboating in the Whitsundays

Image by @chelsea_ha

Hire your own ship and turn World Oceans Day into a week-long celebration in the Whitsundays. Sail around protective waters and anchor in lesser-known bays and inlets where you can explore pristine beaches, trails and natural landscapes.

Imagine floating in the sea with absolute serenity. #bliss

Dive in

Scuba Diving Townsville

Explore the enchanting wonderland beneath the ocean’s surface with a scuba diving adventure from Townsville. Here’s a few helpful tips if you’re a first-time scuba diver.

If you prefer gliding across the surface, opt for snorkelling. You’ll see just as much marine life and get an opportunity to see members of the Great Eight, especially if you dive at one of these top 10 snorkelling sites.