With a reef which has naturally been shaped as a heart, of course the Whitsundays has to be one of the most romantic places in Australia.
Many couples in the past and present continue to agree with this, and therefore choose the Whitsunday region as their honeymoon destination.
There are so many different types of honeymoons which can be enjoyed in the Whitsundays,so we have put together a list of the most popular choices when it comes to celebrating being newly-weds.
A very common, not just for honeymooners, but anyone looking for a personal sailing trip with the boat to themselves. A bareboat charter allows a couple to charter the entire vessel for a period of time (5-7 days generally) and skipper the boat themselves. With your own itinerary and own timeframe, many honeymooners opt for a bareboat charter and enjoy having the entire vessel to themselves!
Crewed overnight trip
There are a select few crewed overnight sailing trips which cater for honeymooners and couples featuring low passenger numbers and an exclusive, stylish vessel. The most notable vessels for this are Whitsunday Blue and Whitsunday Getaway both of which take 8 guests in total and are equipped with private cabin accommodation only. With an experienced skipper and host onboard the vessel, guests are able to relax without worrying about skippering it themselves, and the itineraries can sometime be flexible to suit everyone onboard. Other options are On Ice, Whitsunday Adventurer and Blizzard which all take between 12-13 guests.
This is a great way experience a relaxed, sailing holiday in the Whitsundays with just a few other couples on a stylish vessel. These vessels must be booked well in-advance.
There are a small number of day trips which offer a memorable and romantic experience in the Whitsundays and stay away from the crowds, one of which is a scenic flight. These are a great option for honeymooners with a few offering an exclusive tour such as the seaplane reef adventure or panorama tour. Or why not choose a flight which heads over the world-famous Heart Reef in the Great Barrier Reef.
Another option is the unique Reefsleep, which allows just 12 guests the opportunity to sleep on the Great Barrier Reef reefworld pontoon for the evening. There is a private double room option available on the pontoon for honeymooners to have extra privacy. Guests arrive during the stay, stay one night and enjoy another day on the pontoon among the day-trippers. With Reefsleep, meals are included with the assistance of crew at the pontoon and there are many extra activities to choose from including a scenic flight over Heart Reef, scuba diving, snorkelling and more.
The ultimate honeymoon destination for many couples has to be on one of the Whitsundays tropical island resorts. Hamilton Island and One&Only Hayman are two exclusive island resorts and offer a unique, romantic place to stay and relax for the duration of the honeymoon. Hamilton Island itself offers a five-star getaway and facilities and as the home of Qualia, it is the most popular honeymoon destination. The island is renowned for its choice of activities on the itinerary, including its world-famous golf course, wildlife park, rejuvenation spa, beaches and endless pools for ultimate relaxation. The accommodation options on Hamilton meet everyone’s desires, with the most exclusive being of course Qualia.
One&Only Hayman Island on the other hand, is a completely private resort with only guests able to visit the island, creating an exclusive holiday retreat. One&only Hayman is an award-winning luxury resort and offers five-star service.