The Captain’s Log

Coral regrowth Hook Island Whitsundays

Explore new coral regrowth with Derwent Hunter

A year on from Debbie, we’ve been thrilled to see so much healthy regrowth in our favourite snorkelling locations around Hook Island, and so have our guests!

We place a big focus on snorkelling, and love showing our guests the wonders of the Whitsunday waters. Our Eco Guides and Marine Biologists take time to explain different fish and coral species, and answer any questions guests may have. We love sharing our passion!

The fish life is abundant, especially parrotfish species, which have been diligently cleaning up the reefs and making room for new coral to grow. They’re a remarkable fish! Their strong bird beak-like teeth (hence the name) grind up coral rubble into sand, cleaning the surface of the coral which allows near shoots to grow through.

Coral regrowth Hook Island Whitsundays


Read what our recent customers have said

“Spot on, 100%, couldn’t fault it”

“Saw so many varieties of fish and coral. Appreciated the amount of time we had to swim around”

“The 2 snorkelling spots were beautiful”

“A fantastic new experience seeing corals for the first time”

School Holiday Availability?


Come sailing and snorkelling with us! We still have availability in the school holidays.

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Fiona McTavish 180412Crew Profile

Fiona McTavish

Our brilliant Fiona has been with us for 2 years now, with hopefully many more to come!

“After graduating with a Marine and Freshwater Biology degree in Scotland my interest and passion for the marine environment around the world only grew.

Whilst travelling Australia I fell in love with all aspects of the country’s incredible nature, culture and history. Whilst living in the Whitsunday region I have had the privilege of working with like-minded people, especially on the tall ship Derwent Hunter.

By becoming an EcoGuide I have increased my depth and knowledge of the area and environmental practices.Derwent Hunter Whitsundays crew are all certified eco guides through Ecotourism Australia

This knowledge and the skills I have learned, have allowed me to educate passengers from around the globe during our trips, not only on the marine environment but also terrestrial environments and history in the area, which I love.

In order to protect this stunning part of the world I believe incorporating environmental sustainability is incredibly important and on board the Derwent Hunter we strive to protect our national park whilst also allowing guest to enjoy the natural wonder of the world that is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.”


Book the Family Pass for the School Holidays

Book our Family Pass (for up to 2 adults + 3 kids) for $525
and kids under 4 travel free.

Our school holiday programs are full of excitement for the kids. We do temporary pirate tattoos, and the kids can earn a special Tallship Certificate by completing a series of tasks set by the captain.

They might also learn a thing or two about our oceans and marine life, but don’t let them know it’s “educational”!

Of course we provide kid sizes snorkelling gear, wetsuits, and buoyancy vests too, free of charge.

Kids big and small will love our generous lunchtime buffet, and morning and afternoon snacks. And if mum and dad would like to relax and enjoy a drink, we open the bar after snorkelling.

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Two Day Special

Looking for more school holiday excitement? Did you know we offer two exciting day trips with two of the best operations in the Whitsundays? We’ve teamed up with award winners Ocean Rafting to offer the Thrill & Chill package at a discounted rate.

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