Once the boat has docked back at the Heart Island pontoon, there’s only one thing to do: hop into that water! (You can also choose to stay dry and relax in the lounge, or explore the pontoon, if you prefer.) Fins and flippers are stocked in most sizes, so slip on your preferred pair and submerge yourself in the incredibly clear water. There’s really nothing quite like going for a swim in clear, deserted shallows some 60 kilometres off shore – you won’t see another soul (save for a seabird or two). As you drift over the water’s surface, expect to see a range of beautiful corals, with lots of brightly coloured fish of different sizes and even – if you’re in the right spot – an abandoned anchor. Fluffy, clean towels await you back on board when you’re finished – as are champagne and fresh fruit. Sip on a glass of Charles Heidsieck and toast to the beautiful experience you’ve just had.
5. For the ultimate indulgence, you can combine the experience with a stay at qualia
The Heart Island experience is available to all guests staying at Hamilton Island – but if you really want to spoil yourself, the ultimate indulgence is to spoil yourself with a stay at Hamilton island’s premier resort, qualia . One of the world’s most exclusive luxury escapes, the multi-award-winning retreat delivers the ultimate Whitsundays experience. Play spot-the-celebrity, learn how to sail, or simply hide away in your sleekly appointed Windward pavilion, which comes with an eggshell bathtub and a private balcony plunge pool. After a night or three here, it’s easy to see how sleeping among the gumtrees, with nothing but that twinkling blue water and the occasional wallaby for company, really could be considered the ultimate Australian luxury experience.
By Georgia Rickard – Published 31 August