Beautiful island with stunning underwater world in terms of animals. The corals do not have much colour but this may be because the island is quite far south or maybe they got damaged due to climate change? But there are a lot of corals and an incredible variety of fish. We also saw black tip reef sharks, a lemon shark, lots of cute epaulette sharks, two types of turtles and so many sting rays even just next to the beach where you could walk in with your shorts and take pictures. Seeing the birds fly out to sea in the morning and coming back again in the evening was awesome. Accommodation is OK but not that special. Unfortunately there was only a broom for cleaning the sand off and no water-tap as this would have helped to get the sand off our feet when coming back from the beach. With all the sand and the dripping water from wearing a wetsuit (which you need for snorkelling otherwise you freeze in July...) it got a bit mucky on the patio and inside sometimes. Would have been great to have had some kind of towel to clean the floor with. Food was plentiful and good, staff friendly. But the trip is really worthwile because of the stunning island and underwater world! Don't miss the reef walk and the very informative talks about all kinds of Great Barriere Reef topics!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Here you swim off the beach to an endless garden of coral. Activities include guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises, bird watching and beach picnics, plus a Kids program. Voyages Heron Island is famous around the world for its scuba diving and snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heron Island Hotel Heron Island