Wonderful Coral Island Venue
Posted Nov 4, 2016 on Hotels
Heron Isl. is a great place to be exposed to the concept of the Great Barrier Reef, being a coral reef-ringed island nature reserve.... no palm trees but everything else you see in posters, especially those brilliantly-white, soft sandy beaches!
It is a beach / coral reef diving/ snorkel destination, apparently with good underwater vistas whether shallow or at depth. It is also a nature reserve (+ research facility) for bird life = guano smelly, roosting bird noisy, + turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs at certain times of the year.
It is an island, some 3 hours travel from the mainland.... so everything carries a price premium- that's just the way it is! So factor that issue into your "value for money" equation!!
The accommodation is "medium quality", and is getting tired both physically and visually (needs some refreshing)..... and for those from cooler climes- NO Aircon!.... but the sea breezes do help take the edge off most times.
The ferry ride can be (very) bumpy when its really windy, so if you suffer from motion sickness, come prepared. On the other hand (but of course at a very different cost and with weight/ luggage limitations) you can get to and from the Island by seaplane, which gives wonderful views of the island(s), reefs and coastline in the process.
The Resort has a wonderful Information Centre currently manned by a couple of great young "communicators".... attending their info talks is very entertaining and very informative!
Dining staff- less so!