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Dive Review of Explore Dive Centre/Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island in
Australia/Hamilton Island

Explore Dive Centre/Reef View Hotel Hamilton Island: "Nice holiday diving on the Great Barrier Reef", Jan, 2018,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 10124.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I was staying on Hamilton Island for 5 days and wanted to dive on the GBR. The island is one of only 6 of the 74 Whitsunday Islands (off the North east Queensland coast) that have been developed and the only island with a commercial airport. A bad cyclone a year ago had wiped out all but two of the resorts on the Whitsundays so choice is currently limited. The good news is that several of the affected resorts are rebuilding and should be open later in 2018. The Reef View Hotel is a decent 4 star but large resort. The sea view rooms have large balconies with fabulous views out over the Whitsundays. There are several other accommodation options on Hamilton Island. The island is quite small and two free shuttle buses ferry you around. Most of the restaurants and shops are by the marina. There's a reasonable choice of food. As an alternative to the shuttle buses you can rent golf buggies which gives you more flexibility although they are not cheap. We did this and went to the highest point you can reach by road to see stunning sunsets. We were incredibly lucky with the weather since January is rainy season in this part of the world. Other than a brief shower the da ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Galapagos; Palau; Sipadan; Truk; Malapascua; Komodo; Ticao Island; Maldives; Red Sea; Caribbean; Cuba; Hawaii; Florida; Cozumel; Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Oman, GBR
Closest Airport Hamilton Island Getting There Direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 28-°C / 82-°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 6-8 M / 20-26 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max dive time 50 mins. Max depth 20m
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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