Hamilton Island - Half Day Snorkel & Dive 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 or Scuba Dive the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

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 snorkelling conditions of the day. Includes approximately one hours scenic cruising each way up the Whitsunday Passage, to the best available snorkelling sites. Includes 2 hours on location for snorkelling and in water activities.

We have 2 custom designed dive & snorkel vessels, the 19 metre Pure Dive & the 24m Reef Explorer. Pure Dive capacity is 75  guests but we limit passengers numbers to 40, whilst Reef Explorer has a capacity of 100 we limit guests numbers to 60. Smaller groups mean a more intimate experience for all guests.

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 pending demand and time of year.

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

Also featuring, lounge style seating over two decks, air conditioned interior over two decks, partially shaded deck and fresh water hot and cold showers onboard, guests will enjoy a premium cruising experience whilst on board.

Morning or afternoon tea is provided pending time of cruise.

Includes high quality Mares Diving & Snorkelling gear; wetsuits/stinger suits & flotation jackets (if required).

Explore Group takes no liability for guests connecting to/from Hamilton Island on the day of this tour. 


Half Day Cruise with Snorkelling:

  • Adult $130
  • Child $80* (5-17 years)

Half Day Cruise with Diving:

  • $230 ONE DIVE (Adult or Minor*) Introductory SCUBA Dive & all other cruise inclusions
  • $190 ONE DIVE (Adult) Certified SCUBA Dive & all other cruise inclusions
  • $175 ONE DIVE (Minor - 17 years and under)  Certified SCUBA Dive & all other cruise inclusions
  • $60 Spectator
  • Price per person includes GST and $3.25 Reef Levy.

*Minor: 13-17 years

(Prices valid 1st April 2017 - 31st March 2018)

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.


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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