Explore Coastal Queensland Brisbane The Gold Coast The Gold Coast Hinterland The Sunshine Coast Fraser Island The Great Barrier Reef The Southern Reef The tropics: Rockhampton to Cape York The Cape York Peninsula Share Directly north of Whitsunday, and pretty similar in appearance, Hook Island is the second largest in the group. The easiest passage to the island is on a transfer with Voyager from Abel Point Marina west of Airlie Beach to the low-key and fairly basic resort at the island’s southeastern end. There are also several National Parks campsites around the island, the pick of which is at southern Curlew Beach – sheltered, pretty and accessible only with your own vessel or by prior arrangement with a tour operator. Snorkelling on the reef directly in front of the resort is a must. The water is cloudy on large tides, but the coral outcrops are all in fairly good condition and there’s plenty of life around, from flatworms to morays and parrotfish. Day-cruises run from Airlie to the snorkelling spots and visit the top-rate fringing coral at Manta Ray Bay, Langford Reef and Butterfly Bay, on the northern and northeastern tips of the island – visibility can be poor here, but on a good day these sites offer some of the best diving in the Whitsundays.