We just got back from 3 nights at Heron Island and enjoyed our stay very much. The marine and bird life around the island are spectacular. There are heaps of sharks, rays, and birds. It is a privilege to share this stunning location with nature. We were lucky enough to go during turtle nesting season. This was an amazing experience. I was disgusted at the behavior of some of the other guests who refused to listen to the rangers when told to give the turtle space, don't shine lights at it, don't make noise, etc. On our first night a turtle got so frightened it turned around and went back out to sea. Go to Heron Island if you love and respect nature. A lot of guests seem to complain about the birds. They really didn't bother us. They make noise at night, but the resort provides earplugs if it's too much. They can poo on you as you walk along the path - just wear a hat. Remember we are sharing their natural environment - if you don't like the idea of being surrounded by birds go somewhere else or don't go during bird nesting season.
The beaches surrounding the island are beautiful. There are plenty of places to swim and sunbake around the island. Snorkeling off the beach is pretty good too.
We found the food to be quite good. It's certainly not fine dining, but it was good. This is not a 5 star resort and it needs to cater to families so we thought that the food was good enough. The sweets and deserts were especially good.
We stayed in the cheapest room type - the turtle room. It was very clean. It was small, but that didn't matter as we didn't spend much time in the room anyway. The fan kept the room cool enough at night.
Overall we enjoyed our stay at Heron very much. We found all the staff (restaurant, bar, reception and information centre) to be friendly and very helpful. We did some of the free information walks and found them to be very interesting and would recommend them to other guests. Go to Heron to see an amazing natural location. If all you want from a holiday is to be pampered, fed and not have to deal with pesky birds perhaps you should check into a 5 star hotel in your capital city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Heron Island is a true coral cay right on the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Here you swim off the beach to an endless garden of coral. Activities include guided island and reef walks, semi-submersible cruises, bird watching and beach picnics, plus a Kids program. Voyages Heron Island is famous around the world for its scuba diving and snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heron Island Hotel Heron Island