Snorkeling & diving the Great Barrier Reef at Hayman Island

Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef has always been a dream of mine.

I was fortunate to be invited with a few fellow travel agents to spend a few days on Hayman Island.  

Hayman Island is the northernmost island in the Whitsunday Island area. With a crescent-shaped, white bay on the south-western side, everything man-made blends together with the island’s natural beauty. The island is home to a number of ponds and waterfalls, and guests can walk through luxurious gardens and walkways to view the local scenery

We sailed across from Hamilton on a very luxurious yacht.  I felt like I was Jackie Kennedy Onassis on one of Onassis’s yachts.  We were handed champagne and we set sail for Hayman Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Here is a photo of me soaking up the luxury and enjoying a glass of champagne en route to the resort.

When we arrived the manager and the key staff members were lined up on the dock to greet us – WOW VIP !!

We then learnt that every person arriving on Hayman Island gets the same fantastic welcome.

We were escorted to our lovely ocean front rooms.  As I opened the glass sliding doors, to see the fantastic view, I was greeted by this white  cockatoo. I soon learned that they are addicted to the sugar that is left next to the coffee maker. If you don’t keep your door closed when you leave your room, you could find a cockatoo party going on in  your room when you return.   

This was the view from my bedroom.  So much to do at the resort, but I knew time on the beach would be first on my itinerary.

Hayman Island offers a variety of  water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, paddle skiing and waterskiing. They also offer tours such a glass bottom boat tours, outer reef trips, and whale watching tours. There are also athletic activities available like squash, tennis, and exercising.

This was just my first day here, so I decided to relax on the beach and enjoy the view and swim in  the magnificent crystal clear blue water.

I would sample more of Hayman Island the next day.

Have a look at the previous posts below this one.  

Would you like to travel to Australia to experience the Great Barrier Reef?  Do you know someone who dreams of snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef?  I would love to assist with travel advice. Contact me Dianne at

traveldt@bellsouth.net or Phone 704-489-0367

About Dianne Titlestad

Travel Specialists. traveldt@bellsouth.net Phone 704-489-0367
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