Nature & Walks
Exploring the natural beauty of Hayman Island should begin with a hike along one of its many trails. Start with Cook Lookout, the short but challenging hike will take you to the island’s highest peak at 250 metres above sea level. Gaze at the sea below, painted in swirls of turquoise and cobalt blue against the sugar-white sand of the shore, and the mountainous terrain of nearby Hook Island is easily visible from the lookout.
Dolphin Point Lookout on the island’s northernmost tip will give you another picturesque perspective, as will the Whitsundays Lookout. For experienced hikers, opt for the two-hour Hayman Island Walking Trail. The 7.8-kilometre trail starts at the marina and takes you past Blue Pearl Bay, Dolphin Point and Butterfly Grove before finishing at the Hayman Residences.
Prepare to observe rainbow lorikeets, kookaburras, cockatoos, and stone curlews during your stay. The resident wallabies are always easy to spot and the green tree frog makes a regular appearance during the January breeding season. Dolphins and whales can be seen from July through to September. Plus, there is an endless array of marine life to meet once you head underwater to explore the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Snorkelling & Diving
Come face to face with a world of kaleidoscopic beauty as you snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven natural wonders of the world and home to turtles, reef sharks, manta rays, dolphins and an estimated 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs and 400 species of hard and soft corals.
Some of the best snorkelling and diving spots near Hayman Island include Manta Ray Bay on Hook Island (don’t miss the underwater Manta Ray Sea Sculpture); spot colourful reef fish and coral outcrops at Butterfly Bay; swim alongside green sea turtles at Langford Island; or take the 45-minute hike across Hayman Island to reach Blue Pearl Bay – a pretty cove frequented by whales from June to September every year.
Activities & Attractions
Get out on the water in a kayak, stand-up paddleboard or try your hand at sailing with Hayman Island’s complimentary beachfront water sports. The resort also provides a range of bookable water-based activities. Don’t miss the underwater sea scooter tour of the reef – you’ll zoom around under the surface on a scooter that can propel you to depths of 2.5 metres. Alternatively, opt for a Jet Ski Adventure tour around the island. And for something entirely indulgent, book a sunset sail on a luxury sailing boat to watch the sunset as you sip sparkling wine and nibble on light refreshments.
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As the nearest Whitsundays island to the outer reef, you are perfectly positioned to undertake a whole host of unforgettable day trips, including tours to Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, and more of the Great Barrier Reef. You just need to decide how you want to see it – on a private luxury charter, or via a scenic helicopter or seaplane tour over the world’s largest living structure.