Hook Island

photo Hook Island from beach

Hook Island is yet another popular choice for a holiday in the Whitsunday Islands, particularly for anyone who doesn’t have the kind of budget required for some of the more expensive resorts found on other islands.

That’s certainly not due to Hook Island being inferior or second-rate compared to other locations in the Whitsundays, as that is absolutely not the case: indeed it makes an extremely good choice as a location for practically anyone’s holiday.

There are some wonderful beaches and bays, good value accommodation, some stunning views and plenty of activities to enjoy making it an excellent option to consider. Hook Island also has some of the better snorkeling and diving this side of the outer reef.

Accommodation on Hook Island
As already mentioned, Hook Island Wilderness Resort is a blessing for those looking to visit the Whitsunday Islands on a budget, providing modest but comfortable private ensuite rooms, private rooms with shared facilities and dormitory rooms with bunk beds.

You can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the cosy pool-side bistro cafe at an extremely affordable rate, and you can enjoy a refreshing drink or two at the Barefoot Bar.

Camping is also possible at the resort – right near the beach – or at National Parks campsites located around the island at Steens Beach, Maureen’s Cove and Curlew Beach.

Activities on Hook Island
If you want to more than relax in beautiful surroundings, there are plenty of things for you to do. The island is ideal for anyone who enjoys birdwatching, there are some very pleasant walks that will reward you spectacular views, and of course there are all the water and beach related activities like volleyball, kayaking and canoeing too.

Hook Island also has some of the best spots for diving and snorkeling in all the Whitsundays with Manta Ray Bay being one of the most popular. Luncheon Bay, Butterfly Bay, Pinnacle Point and the nearby Mackerel Bay are other excellent options.

The Island can be reached by boat from Airlie Beach’s Abel Point Marina, and connections to and from other islands are also possible.