One of the special things about visiting Hamilton Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is that there are so many things to do.

From exploring the incredible coral reefs to sailing and being pampered, there is plenty to keep you occupied on this beautiful Whitsunday island paradise.

But if you do nothing else, make sure you try some of these top 10.

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Discover Whitehaven Beach at Hill Inlet

On the northern end of world-famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet is one of the most picturesque spots in the Whitsundays – with white, silica sand, turquoise water, and an abundance of marine life.

Explore Hill Inlet and Betty’s Beach at your own, relaxed pace on this half-day tour.

What you’ll love about the Discover and Explore Hill Inlet and Betty’s Beach tour:

  • Travel to and from Hill Inlet on a high-speed catamaran.
  • Take a guided bushwalk with an expert guide, and learn all about the history, flora and fauna of this stunning area.
  • Or rather than bushwalk, spend your time on the island relaxing on the white, silica sand and enjoying the crystal clear water.
  • If you’re feeling energetic, you can also climb to the Hill Inlet lookout for incredible views. You may also see stingrays and turtles gliding in the waters below.

Sail and Snorkel Whitehaven and Chalkies

With its turquoise water, plentiful marine life and pure silica sand, it’s easy to see why the Whitsundays is considered one of the most picturesque natural regions in the world.  On this day trip from Hamilton Island, you’ll experience all the beauty of this renowned region up-close, with a visit to the spectacular Whitehaven and Chalkies beaches.

What you’ll love about this Sail and Snorkel Whitehaven and Chalkies experience:

  • Cruise in style. After leaving Hamilton Island in the morning aboard this purpose-built sailing catamaran, you will spend your day cruising around the Whitsundays, visiting some of the world’s most iconic destinations.
  • Discover Whitehaven Beach. Wander the white sands and take a dip at Whitehaven Beach – voted the ‘number one beach in Australia’ by the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards.
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch.  Enjoy morning/afternoon tea & lunch.  Build your own wraps and rolls with freshly made salads, leg ham, turkey and cooked king prawns is served as you cruise between Whitehaven Beach and Hazelwood Island to your snorkelling destination.
  • Snorkel Chalkies Beach.  Upon arrival, you’ll be fitted out with excellent equipment and spend an hour or so discovering the underwater home of an array of exotic and diverse marine life – including turtles.
  • Quality equipment. High quality Mares snorkelling gear is supplied, along with wetsuits/stinger suits and flotation jackets. If required, your tour guide can also provide personalised snorkelling assistance.

Dinghy Hire

Whether you want to fish, snorkel, or simply soak up the views, you can charter a dinghy via the Hamilton Island Tour Desk. Spend the day at a secluded sandy cove, or explore some of the lesser-visited spots around Hamilton Island.

What you’ll love about Hamilton Island Dinghy Hire:

  • Explore the Whitsundays at your own pace. Go as fast, or as slow, as you choose – and decide where and when you want to go.
  • Spend your time doing what you please. Snorkel, go diving, fish, or simply relax and enjoy the view.
  • Convenient and easy to organise. Motorised dinghy hire is available at the Hamilton Island Marina, where you’ll also find fuel for your dinghy, and other fishing essentials.

Sea Kayaking adventures

Experience all the beauty and diverse marine life in the waters around Hamilton Island – from a sea kayak. Hire your own from Hamilton Island Beach Sports and explore at your own pace, or let an experienced guide show you the way.

Sunset Sail Whitsunday Islands

Enjoy a magnificent sunset over the Whitsunday Islands, and return to Hamilton Island with plenty of time to enjoy your evening, with this relaxing and  unforgettable holiday experience.

What you’ll love about Sunset Sail Whitsunday Islands:

  • Complimentary drinks. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a drink or two – and some nibbles – as you receive an informative educational session from local skippers regarding the history and heritage of the area.
  • Travel On the Edge. Travel aboard one of Hamilton Island’s most comfortable and fully-equipped catamarans, On the Edge.
  • Watch the sunset. See the sun go down over the stunning landscape and then watch the stars appear in the night sky.
  • Sail calm waters. Your sailing adventure will take you through some of the most protected waters around Hamilton Island, so all you need to do is sit back, relax, and admire the view.

Jet Ski Tours

Hamilton Island’s Jet Ski Tours offer unforgettable adventure in an unforgettable location.  Riding on your own jet ski, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced and friendly instructor, who will guide you through the Whitsunday waterways.

What you’ll love about a Jet Ski Tour:

  • Explore secret destinations. Thanks to the manoeuvrability of your jet ski, and the local knowledge of your guide, you can explore some of the magnificent, hidden coves dotted around Hamilton Island.
  • Guided tour. You will be accompanied by an expert guide, who will lead you around the waterways and provide commentary on the area.
  • See wildlife. Cruising around some of the outer waters, you will also have the opportunity to see seasonal marine life such as turtles and whales.
  • Travel at your own pace. Your experience can be as thrilling or as relaxed as you choose – and your guide will tour at whatever pace you’re comfortable with.

Sunset Cruise and Dine

Experience the magnificent waterways of the Whitsundays at sunset, on this romantic dinner cruise.

What you’ll love about the Sunset Cruise and Dine experience:

  • Unwind with a cocktail and canapés as you set off for a relaxing and peaceful evening cruise around the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Enjoy a first-class meal – with entrée, main, and dessert. Choose from tasting platters prepared for two that embrace either paddock or ocean.
  • Receive a complimentary bottle of wine per couple.
  • With limited numbers and booth-style seating, you can enjoy the company of others while dining. Or, you can reserve private seating.

Jetryder Tour

If you’re looking for some adventure on your Hamilton Island holiday, you can’t go past the island’s own Jetryder jet boat – which will take you on a high-speed, thrilling ride in the island’s protected waterways.

What you’ll love about the Jetryder Tour:

  • The fastest ride on Hamilton Island. If you’re looking for excitement and adventure on your island holiday, this high-speed boat ride is the perfect adrenaline-inducing experience.
  • 30 minute ride. You’ll have a full half hour to enjoy exhilarating spins, turns and power stops on this incredibly fun tour.
  • Safe and secure. Our jet boat drivers are professional and experienced, and life jackets are provided.

Reef Ryder Full Day Explorer

This full day tour gives you the time to explore two of the Great Barrier Reef’s most spectacular beaches at your own pace. This is a unique and memorable experience taking you to the beautiful white sands of Whitehaven Beach and crystal clear waters of Chalkies Beach.

What you’ll love about your Reef Ryder Tour experience:

  • Learn from our experienced team. Receive expert snorkelling advice and assistance from our water sports team.
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach. Wander the beautiful white sands of the world-famous Whitehaven Beach and, if you’re feeling energetic, walk to the lookout at Tongue Point.
  • Snorkel Chalkies Beach. You’ll also have the opportunity to snorkel around Chalkies Beach, which is home to a diversity of marine life, including visiting turtles and manta rays.
  • Hill Inlet. Enjoy a 1.5 km walk and be rewarded with the most spectacular views of Whitehaven Beach and the outer islands.
  • Coral Gardens. There’s often time for more snorkelling in the tranquil waters of the Whitsundays, where you will see an amazing underwater world.
  • Fast transport. You can make the most of your time, with speed-boat transfers to these two spectacular beaches.

Predator Fishing

Whether you’re a beginning or an experienced angler, this half-day fishing charter guarantees a thrilling day out. You’ll have the chance to bottom fish for coral trout and assorted reef fish, as well as to try your hand at live baiting and trawling for Spanish mackerel and giant trevally.

What you’ll love about this Predator Fishing experience:

  • Suitable for all levels. This experience is suitable for both beginners and experienced anglers.
  • Take in the view. As well as being a great fishing experience, you’ll have the opportunity to travel around some of Australia’s most magnificent scenery and waterways.
  • Friendly, experienced crew. The team on-board your charter will be able to help you land your catch, provide advice and commentary about the area and its marine life, and even prepare your fish for you afterwards.
  • Fully customised. To maximise the likelihood of success, every tour is be customised according to the tides and weather – meaning you’ve more chance of getting an impressive catch!
  • Relaxed pace. Set over half a day, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the overall experience.