#6 Daydream Island Resort & Spa
Continuing with our 10 favorite spots in The Whitsundays series is the very popular Daydream Island Resort. Perhaps some might rate this higher than #6, yet such is the quality of natural and man made attractions in The Whitsundays that only blogging of 10 places makes for difficult decisions in itself. For example, arguably the best island resort of all, Hayman Island, has not been considered in the list simply because the normal person would call the island too expensive.
Daydream Island is a great tourist destination with a choice of good quality, affordable accommodation. Boasting 3 restaurants, bars, pools, spas, shops and of course beaches. There’s an outdoor cinema, a mini golf course, free catamarans, paddle boards and canoes, plus you can book motorized activities, cruises to other islands and the Great Barrie Reef, all from the tour desk. Daydream Island is great for families, being child friendly with lots of activities for the little ones.
Of special mention, the man made “Living Reef” lagoon in the center of the resort is somewhat outstanding. You can see Pancake and Pikelet, the resident stingrays, hand fed during the morning free show, along with reef sharks, a family of nemos, coral and other marine life, just like it is out in the ocean.
And the paramount experience for all the girls is one of the luxury spa treatments. Talk about being pampered!
Mermaids Beach features the world renown 3 mermaid statues, who sit and watch over the island. There are coral beaches at the south end of the island and at the popular Lovers Cove. One of the islands highlights, snorkeling the fringing reef off Lovers Cove, is a great experience, with a couple of really good coral bommies and a large variety of marine life.
The daily fish feeding show at Lovers Cove is really something to see. You can simply walk into the water knee deep with colorful parrot fish and other species, which come close enough that you could give them a pat.
The island can be accessed by Cruise Whitsundays ferries from both Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island, with ferry timetables structured to coincide with all airline arrival and departure times. Helicopter is also a transport option.
We always take our family, friends and visitors for a day trip to Daydream Island. Never had a bad word from any regarding the attractions, facilities or service. We ourselves stay there for a few days at least once or twice a year. For me the only bad point is the lack of a heated swimming pool during the winter months. The resort pools do get too cold to enjoy a swim, while the ocean is never too cold even in winter, not everyone likes to walk on a coral beach to access the ocean. Just a small grumble yet one for management to consider.