Hamilton Island’s 10 Must-Do Activities for April/May Posted 19 April 2017 We’ve consulted with our experts at the Tour Desk for their top 10 must-do activities on Hamilton Island for post Cyclone Debbie fun and memory making for April/May. The great news is that you can still enjoy our signature island experiences and surrounding aquatic playground! 1) Seamless Sunsets Photo by Taylor Smith. Sailing across the calm waters of the Whitsundays is a perfect way to watch a sunset. Board Explore’s catamaran, then simply sit back and relax as nibbles and drinks are bought to you. The stunning landscape of our surrounding islands makes for the perfect backdrop to watch on as the sun disappears and you'll be returned to port just as the stars are coming out. A perfect pre-dinner activity for couples or groups. Photo by Taylor Smith. For a sunset location the whole family can enjoy, make up a picnic and proceed to One Tree Hill. This is the ideal spot for watching a flawless Whitsunday's sunset and taking it easy as a family. Take a rug, grab some drinks from the on-site bar (they have great mocktails) and relax, while your kids run around on the grass. 2) Be a Jet setter… 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. If you want to control the action then join us for a Jet Ski tour where riding on your own jet ski, you’ll be accompanied by an experienced and friendly instructor, who will guide you through the Whitsunday waterways. 3) Seas the Day... Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef Take a full day snorkel tour with Explore Group to see the natural wonder that is the Great Barrier Reef. The Explore group tours are fantastic fun and the team always make sure everyone involved has a memorable day. In recent weeks they have worked with their dive team to ensure the tour still takes guests to the best spots available to experience the beauty of the area. Currently scuba diving is limited due to visibility issues but the snorkel experience is a great alternative for those seeking to immerse themselves in the reef. Reviews of the tour post cyclone are that guests had a great day and were delighted to see coral, marine life and swim in the turquoise waters. 4) Wanderlust at Whitehaven Beach Photo from instagram by @averyweed. No visit to the Whitsundays would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) worked hard to clean up the beach after the cyclone and get it reopened to the public again. When you arrive you will still find white sands, clear waters and functioning on-site facilities. The coastline of the beach was affected by the cyclone and guests should be aware that QPWS has been reshaping Whitehaven Beach to protect the exposed vegetation and speed up the stabilisation of the shore. National Parks Minister Steven Miles said “Once the beach shape has stabilised we expect the white silica sands will naturally redeposit due to the geometry of the beach in relation to local currents. And we also expect the island to green up over the next couple of months, as much of the vegetation is very hardy.” Currently you can go over to the area with Cruise Whitsundays and enjoy a full or half day tour. Swim, take part in family-friendly beach activities, walk to the lookout which still delivers an amazing view or simply relax on the shore. 5) Relax, Refresh and Recharge... Spa Day Holidays are the perfect time for relaxation and rejuvenation. At Spa Wumurdaylin our intuitive therapists will soon have your mind and body in absolute bliss with treatments, which will restore and repair. 6) Take the Scenic Route... Photo fro instagram by @collier.katy Take the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and the Hill Inlet from up above via a scenic flight. With both locations close by it’s the perfect opportunity to see these incredible wonders in all their glory from a birds eye point of view. And remember you’ll want to have your camera on hand to get those Instagram worthy images! 7) Beach and Poolside Fun As a guest staying at Hamilton Island-owned accommodation (Reef View Hotel, Beach Club, Palm Bungalows and Holiday Homes), you can enjoy complimentary use of the catamarans, kayaks, windsurfers or paddle boards from the beach hut on Catseye Beach. Go on, get wet and test your skills. You’ll have a whole heap of fun and in the process you might discover some new talents. If that’s not your thing then perhaps spending time at one of the three resort pools will be more your pace. Relax on a sun lounge, take a dip or swim up to the main pool bar and try a poolside cocktail. 8) Let us wait on you The pop up venue for coca chu at Outrigger on the far end of Catseye Beach With 80% of our bars and restaurants back to being operational there is a wealth of choice and plenty of ways to enjoy eating and drinking on Hamilton Island. It could be a family meal at coca chu’s pop-up location alongside Catseye Beach, a sophisticated date night at Bommie restaurant or a casual meal down at the marina. Either way we have the perfect dining experience for your needs. 9) Kidding Around Hamilton Island has tons of fun activities awaiting our younger guests. They could be enjoying time at Clownfish Club childcare centre or the Kids Fun Zone play area at the resort centre. For those that are junior thrill seekers riding on quad bikes or having a spin on a go-kart might be the highlight of their trip. Looking for fun for the whole family? Mini golf, art classes or an outdoor movie night are all options that will have your tribe smiling. For more ideas download our Hamilton Island App for the daily activities guide. 10) Daily Dose of Greens... Golfing! The course from up above. Photo from instagram from @mike.pilot.jones Head over to Dent Island where you will find the Hamilton Island Golf Club. Designed by five-time British Open champion, Peter Thomson, the 18-hole course has fared incredibly well after the cyclone and the greens are looking great. The course is suited to professionals and weekend hitters alike. You’ll have to focus on your game and not be distracted by the 360 views of the Whitsundays to get the job done. But remember not to rush and have fun, you’re on holidays after all. Keen for more? Have a look at our full See and Do page or contact the Tour Desk and have them tailor an experience for you!