Snap on your snorkel, wade into the ocean from an island beach and within metres of the shore you will be viewing a coral-covered reef where hundreds-of-year old clams, parrot fish, turtles and the odd Maori wrasse call their home. These fringing reefs surrounding the islands are some of the best snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef. Top spots include Butterfly Bay just off Hook Island, Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman and the nearby Langford Spit.
There’s paradise then there’s Whitsunday paradise. Whitehaven Beach, regularly hailed as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, is often described as heaven on earth by those who have sunk their feet into soft white silica sand and taken a dip in the calm clear waters. North of this amazing beach is the shifting tidal sands of Hill Inlet that carves its way towards the centre of Whitsunday Island.
The Whitsunday islands create a protective barrier for the mainland coast that provides safe, calm swimming havens at Airlie Beach and the surrounding areas like Dingo Beach and Cape Gloucestor.
You’ll be spoilt with the life changing perspectives on offer at each one of the Whitsundays 74 islands. From resorts with a social and friendly vibe to deserted islands with secluded beaches and bushwalks with scenic lookouts, you can choose an indulgent holiday being pampered with VIP experiences or rough it on an active adventure.
Either way, your holiday photos from paradise will have all of your friends green with envy.