Hamilton Island - Half Day Dive the Whitsunday Islands

This half day cruise visits secluded locations within the northern section of the Whitsunday Islands which have the best fringing reef areas especially for snorkelling & diving.

Snorkel and Scuba Dive on the Great Barrier Reef


The destination chosen is dependent on the weather & tide conditions on the day. Locations include Luncheon Bay or Manta Ray on Hook Island, Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island or Cateran Bay on Border Island.

  • Intimate. We are a boutique cruise operator. We operate by taking smaller groups to ensure a more personalised and quality experience   

  • Informative. Includes a reef interpretative presentation enroute

  • Best sites. Selected on the day of departure for ideal visibility the areas of Northern Hook Island are recognised as the best fringing reef areas of the Whitsunday Islands.

Boarding either at 8.15am or 12.45pm, the schedule is chosen dependent on ideal diving conditions on the day. Includes approximately one hour of scenic cruising each way up the Whitsunday Passage, to the best available dive sites, and includes 2 hours on location.

We have two custom designed dive & snorkel vessels, the 19m Pure Dive & the 24m Reef Explorer. Both vessels have a hydraulically lowered platform at the rear of the vessel for easy access to the water. Our half day cruises are generally operated by the smaller Pure Dive, whilst Reef Explorer generally operates the full day Great Barrier Reef tour, but may operate this cruise depending on demand and time of year.

Hydraulically lowered stairs and platform that rest just below water level makes access to the reef easy and comfortable. Diving directly off the stern means we can visit selected moorings which are quieter, keeping with the initimate feel of this tour.

The vessels also feature lounge style seating over two decks, air conditioned interior over two decks, partially shaded deck area and fresh water hot and cold showers onboard, ensuring that guests will enjoy a premium cruising experience.

Morning or afternoon tea is provided depending on the time of cruise.

Includes high quality Mares Diving &  wetsuits/stinger suits.


Half Day Cruise with Diving:

  • $250 ONE DIVE (Adult or Minor*) Introductory SCUBA Dive & all other cruise inclusions
  • $205 ONE DIVE (Adult) Certified SCUBA Dive & all other cruise inclusions
  • $190 ONE DIVE (Minor - 17 years and under)  Certified SCUBA Dive & all other cruise inclusions
  • Price per person includes GST and $3.25 Reef Levy.

*Minor: 13-17 years

(Prices valid 1st March 2018 - 31st March 2019)

Need to know:

  • Amenities: There are toilets and showers onboard
  • Capacity: we can operate with up to 40 guests with plenty of room
  • Weather: at times the weather in the tropics can be unpredictable. We will provide up to date weather report before departure and discuss in detail with you the scheduled plan for the day
  • Wind and visibility: on occasions we can operate different destinations to provide the most enjoyable day possible. These options will be explained prior to departure.
  • Explore Group takes no liability for guests connecting to/from Hamilton Island on the day of this tour. 


Half day dive - We did an afternoon trip as a family of 4. Only one of us PADI qualified. During the ride out to Luncheon Bay on Hook Island, we had our gear fitting and briefing. Very thorough and new looking gear. This was my first dive, so fairly nervous. We did some further briefing once in the water and some practical tests (water in goggles, lost regulator) and more caution 'look ......don't touch' to ensure the reef remains. The dive started off fairly shallow and gradually made it down to 12 meters, all the while our fantastic guide Kellie, pointing out things to look at and checking that we were OK. 50 mins later we were back up and one the boat ride home with snacks and smiles all round. Many thanks to the Explore team. A great first experience!

stephens066, TripAdvisor, July 2016


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