Swimming and Snorkelling on Hamilton Island Posted by Hamilton Island - 7 January 2019 We’ve collected your most frequently asked questions about all things related to splashing, diving, plunging, dipping, snorkeling and swimming when you visit Hamilton Island. Can you Swim on Hamilton Island? Yes, you most certainly can swim when you visit Hamilton Island! The main swimming pool with swim-up bar next to Catseye Beach. Image by Ken Butti. Where can I swim on Hamilton Island? We have a mix of swimming pools and beaches where you can enjoy being in the water on Hamilton Island. Pools on Hamilton Island: There are three main swimming pools along Catseye Beach, which any guest of the island can enjoy swimming in: Dolphin Pool Close to Sails restaurant and offers a spectacular view over Casteye Beach. The dolphin pool next to Sails Restaurant. Main Pool This is our largest swimming pool. With its freeform shape, it has plenty of space for everyone and the lush tropical gardens surrounding the edges makes it the perfect place to relax poolside. A popular feature is the pool’s swim-up bar, where you can order your favorite drink without having to leave the pool. Main Swimming pool- our most popular option. Bougainvillea Pool Undoubtedly our most popular pool for those travelling with kids. This pool has a shallow section to make swimming easier for little ones, shady trees and a great view out to Catseye Beach. A wonderful spot to spend time as a family. The family friendly Bougainvillea pool. If you are staying at Reef View Hotel, Beach Club Resort or certain holiday homes these locations also have their own additional swimming pools, which are for the exclusive use of the guests who have booked to stay at those venues. Check the details of your accommodation to confirm access to these additional swimming pools. The Beach Club Resort infinity pool. Beaches on Hamilton Island: We also have three beaches which are open and accessible to all guests of the island. Catseye Beach This is the most popular beach on Hamilton Island and a close walk to most accommodation. The beach is long and curved with many sun lounges and is a perfect spot for relaxing. For those looking to get into the water it is a calm and generally flat, the water is crystal clear, great for swimming and enjoying a whole range of fun watersports. Catseye Beach as seen from Reef View Hotel. At low tide on Catsye Beach, a popular activity is to explore the flats and take a leisurely stroll on the sand and see the island from a different perspective. If you keep your eye peeled you might even spot a turtle or some hermit crabs! Sand Castle time on Catseye Beach. Coral Cove & Hidden Bay With our new and improved walking trails getting to our secluded beaches has never been easier. You can take a day pack and head out on your own adventure. These spots are popular destinations for those looking to get active, enjoy a picnic or stroll along the water on the other side of the island. Coral Cove beach accessed via a hike. What time of year can you swim on Hamilton island? You can swim on Hamilton Island throughout the year. We’re a tropical island location and the water temp is good all year round. With the water staying quite warm, even in the winter months. Average Sea Temps (C’) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 28.0o 28.0o 27.0o 26.0o 24.0o 22.0o 21.0o 23.0o 26.0o 26.0o 27.0o 28.0o *For more advice on weather and seasons on Hamilton Island our weather page discusses the unique features of different times of the year. Are any of the pools heated on Hamilton Island? During the cooler periods the Reef View Hotel, Beach Club and Bougainville Pools are heated. In the height of summer these systems are reversed to cool the water in these pools down a little, ensuring the water temperature is great for swimming all year round. The Reef View Hotel Swimming pool. What are the opening times of the swimming pools? The pools are open from sunrise to sunset. Are there any advisory warnings for swimming at Hamilton Island? The surrounding waters of Hamilton Island are part of the Whitsundays marine ecology and as such the same care needs to be given as any other beach location. During the summer months when the ocean is warm, the waters of the Whitsundays experience an increased presence of the small transparent jellyfish – Irukandji. With this in mind, please avoid swimming on secluded beaches and always swim in the presence of others. If you do wish to swim in the ocean at the secluded beach we would recommend you wear a stinger suit. An array of options for Beach Sports activities on Catseye Beach. When swimming at Catseye Beach our team will advise of any conditions which need your attention. They will have signs with advisory warnings and we ask you to read these and follow direction. We will also let you know that if you are entering the water, we recommend wearing a stinger suit and while it is your own personal preference to do so, we do let you know that wearing one will reduce your risk of stings. Suits are $5 to hire from 8.00am-4:45pm at the Beach Sports Hut on Catseye Beach. Please note the resort pools are not supervised by a lifeguard and care should be taken at all times. Furthermore, children are required to be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times when in the water at the pools or beaches. We also ask that you listen to the instructions given by our Beach Sports team on use of equipment and directions they might have. Can I snorkel at Hamilton Island? Going for a snorkel on Catseye Beach. The Whitsundays is one of the most pristine destinations in the world with spectacular coral formations, hundreds of species of fish, turtles, manta rays and even seasons when we are visited by dolphins and whales. With an existing coral reef just off Hamilton Island the snorkeling opportunities are fantastic for guests. You are able to hire snorkel equipment from our Beach Sports Hut on Catseye Beach and explore the area independently. Simply head out to the fringing reef directly off Hamilton Island’s Catseye Beach at low tide. If you’re on the search for a new shelled-friend (aka turtle), head out towards the buoys at the back of Catseye Beach and keep your eyes peeled – the turtles love to eat the seagrass found there. A Turtle swimming at Catseye Beach. You can also take a snorkel tour off Hamilton Island to places like the Great Barrier Reef and to fringing reefs found at close by islands. Our tour desk will be happy to help you pick the best excursion for you. About the Author Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. On a holiday to Hamilton Island, you'll be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.