The second largest of the Whitsunday Islands, Hook Island is a national park and great for people, especially families, looking for a budget island holiday in gorgeous natural surroundings.
You can get to the island by flying to Proserpine airport then catching a boat from the port at Airlie Beach. There is only one resort: The Hook Island Wilderness Resort and it offers great budget accommodation. Camping on the beach is $10 per person, a dorm bed is $35 and private rooms start from $50 person making this a very affordable destination for your next vacation.
This is a great place to relax and get away from it all. Activities include bush walking, beach volleyball, kayaking, fishing, relaxing by the pool or on the beach, a boat trip to the reef and diving and snorkelling.
The resort can organise a dive trip for you and there’s some great sites to explore. The Woodpile dive site is a very interesting deep wall dive. Saba Bay is great for gullies, canyons and swim throughs. In the winter months (May-Sept) you can spot manta rays at the Manta Ray Bay site. For excellent corals and sea life, head to the dive site Alcyonaria Point. Be aware that the area is subject to very strong currents and visibility can be affected considerably.
The restaurant on the island is open all day and offers big meals at a reasonable price. The bar opens at midday. People staying in the resort are not permitted to bring food or alcohol onto the island, only those that are camping can bring supplies.
BEWARE – this area is known for the irukandji jellyfish and you must wear a stinger suit if it’s the season for them. Ask at the resort for more information.
This is a great place to relax and enjoy the sunshine and beautiful coral reef.
(By Kelly Luckman)