Before holidaying on Heron Island we had read many poor reviews so I expectations were not high. Yes there are issues as it is a little 'run down' and in need of some work but it is also absolute paradise! The beaches are white, the water crystal clear. The snorkelling and diving is incredible! (Turtles, sharks, live coral, giant clams and thousands of bright coloured fish!) My father, husband and sons all went deep sea fishing one morning and had a fantastic time. They all came back with great fishing stories and grinning from ear to ear! Plus the chef cooked what they caught for our dinner that night. The meals were very nice and had plenty of variety. (Apart from the cheese cake. But when we suggested to the chef that we had had enough of cheese cake, he kindly made us peaches and ice-cream.) The staff are extremely helpful and considerate. The Mutton birds can be a bit smelly and noisy at times, but it is their island! (The birds aren't nesting all year round. Plus management supply ear plugs if required.) We didn't have a problem. The beds are getting a bit old but hopefully that will be sorted with the renovations. Photographers will love the gorgeous landscapes and wildlife. Also great for underwater photography. The education centre is interesting and informative for all the family. The trained staff are available to give reef and wildlife tours. While we were there they also had star gazing nights. We left on 6th May and the island was closing for renovations for 6 weeks. It is not a 5 star resort so don't go there expecting it to be.We look forward to going back after the renovations.
- 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