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Dive Review of Explorer/Palm Bungalows in
Australia/Hamilton Island

Explorer/Palm Bungalows: "white sandy beach", Jan, 2018,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10111.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations
Closest Airport Hamilton Getting There Brisbane

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 27 to Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 20 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 50 bar 50 min whichever comes first
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 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

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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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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 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments At home I googled for a dive center on Hamilton and could only find “Explore”, some kind of tour operator for day trips to the White Sundays and Great Barrier Reef including meals, snorkeling, lunch break on a beautiful beach plus 2 dives for the heavy price of 320 A$. Well, I planned diving so I had to book this.
I stayed at Palm Bungalows, lovely spacious cottages with kitchen facilities and all kind of amenities. You can use all the pools of other hotels here, a great idea. I heard the whole island belongs to one guy, spectacular. Same goes with meals, where you can eat wherever you chose to and charge it to your room, so no need to carry much cash around with you. Public transport is free of charge, it cruises all around in 15 min intervals. This should be introduced elsewhere and would reduce pollution and exhaust for sure.
Dive 1 was Luncheon Bay inside the islands as the wind was too strong to head outside to the Great Barrier Reef. It would have been a 2 hour choppy ride, not good for a load of 60 holiday hungry tourist. It was a cloudy and rainy day. Water temperature ran around 27 degrees vis was 5 m only !!! what else is there to say ??? Small boulders, some coral, nudis, lobster but not one single shot with camera, not in that vis. 50 bar or 50 min is t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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