Snorkel the Whitsundays - Half Day (Depart from Hamilton Island)

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Tour Information

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Half Day Trip: Duration 4 hours

From Hamilton: 8am or 12:30pm Departures from Hamilton Island (Departure Time Subject to Tides)

Explore the vibrant marine life in the warm Whitsunday water on this half day snorkeling experience visiting secluded locations with the best fringing reef areas for snorkeling...

Jump into the warm Whitsunday waters and discover the amazing sea life below the surface. Experience a half-day snorkeling adventure taking you to selected moorings within the Whitsundays. The best snorkel locations will be selected on the day depending on the weather and tide conditions.


  • 1 hour scenic cruising each way
  • Up to 2 hours on location for snorkeling and water activities
  • Morning or afternoon tea included depending on time of cruise
  • High quality snorkeling equipment including wetsuits/stinger suits and flotation jackets (if required)
  • In water assistance and guidance from our experienced crew

Please note: guests must be able to swim to participate in snorkeling. There will be a guide in the water for assistance, and floatation devices available for those that require them. 

Why Explore?

  • Intimate. We take smaller groups to ensure a more personalised and quality experience
  • Custom built vessel. Cruise in comfort on our custom designed dive and snorkel vessel with hydraulically lowered platform at the rear for easy access to the water, air conditioning, lounge style seating, showers and bathroom facilities.
  • Informative. Educational commentary while you cruise
  • Professional Team. Our team is passionate about this amazing location and can't wait to show you around

Reef FAQs

Is Explore operating to the reef?
Yes - We operate to Bait Reef on our full day tour and the fringing reefs around Hook Island on the half day tour.

Is it still worth visiting the reef?
Yes - The reef is still very much alive, healthy and definitely worth visiting. Although certain parts of the reef did sustain natural damage during the cyclone, our dive team have completed dive reconnoiter trips around the Whitsundays region and outer Great Barrier Reef, and have found plenty of healthy areas to snorkel or dive.

What is visibility like?
The visibility out at the reef changes every day dependent on the prevalent weather conditions.

What can I expect to see?
Both locations are packed with coral, colour and marine life. The fringing inner reef tends to be slightly more colourful due to the nature of the soft coral that grows around these areas. You will find numerous smaller reef-dwelling fish such as parrotfish, angelfish, batfish, damselfish and fusiliers. At the outer reef, you can expect to see a hard coral platform reef with impressive drop offs and our friendly resident giant trevallies, along with countless colourful reef fish. If you're lucky you might even get a visit from a turtle, ray or white tip reef shark while on one of our trips!

Is the reef all bleached?
No - We are lucky in the Whitsundays to have healthy reef systems which have not been dramatically affected by coral bleaching. Coral bleaching occurs when higher than average water temperatures cause Zooxanthellae (little creatures that live within the coral) to leave. When this happens, you are left with the skeleton of the coral. Our water temperatures sit between 22-28 degrees Celsius all year round, making for ideal coral conditions.

Tour Inclusions

  • 1 hour scenic cruising each way
  • Up to 2 hours on location for snorkeling and water activities
  • Morning or afternoon tea included depending on time of cruise
  • High quality snorkeling equipment including wetsuits/stinger suits and flotation jackets (if required)
  • In water assistance and guidance from our experienced crew

Tour Exclusions

  • Hotel transfer
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Consumption


  • Meet the meet up location at Hamilton  Island : Explore's Pure Dive and Reef Explorer vessels are located in the Marina Village at A9/10 Arm, opposite Explore's office.


  • Price in AUD
  • All tours are subject to minimum numbers and to weather conditions and so may be cancelled at the discretion of the operator.
  • Explore reserve the right to alter the destination pending the weather for your safety and comfort. Times may also need to be changed due to tidal changes.
  • Explore will offer alternative days or refunds in the event of cancellations.
  • Explore reserve the right to use other vessels should Pure Dive or Reef Explorer be unavailable for any reason.
  • This tour is recommended for children 5 years and over. Children under 5 years are welcome, however there are limitations with regards to their participation please contact our reservations team for details when booking. Please advise any dietary requirements at time of booking.
  • Prices include any applicable fees for Environmental Management (EMC) and National Parks.
  • Cruise company and the captain of the day have the authority to alter the sailing/cruising route, as well as the locations for diving and snorkeling, due to weather conditions, tides, and waves. We must ensure the safety of the entire cruise and the stability of the journey. It may be necessary to make changes to the sailing route.

Cancellation Policy

Free Cancellation if cancel outside 2days. No refund if cancel within 2days.
Noticed: If you would like to cancel, please kindly email us to cancel the tour at least 2 business days prior to this cancellation period. Once cancellation is confirmed, you will receive your refund within 7-28 business days.
Cancellation notification needs to be formally replied receipt by us during our office hours as acknowledgement.

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