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Cruise Diary: Hamilton Island

Guest Sharon Johnson and her husband were on Volendam for the trans-Pacific voyage to Sydney and the circumnavigation of Australia for 55 days. Enjoy these photos from their visit to Hamilton Island.

On October 25 we visited Hamilton Island. Al and I spent five days on Hamilton 26 years ago when we went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Today we had a leisurely morning. We took the tender to the island as there wasn’t a dock big enough for the Volendam. The tender took us to the Marina and the village that circles the Marina. After walking around the village photographing the Marina, Flying Foxes — Black Fruit Bats, Sulfur Crested Cockatoos and Lorikeets, we took a short tour of the island. We had one stop at high point called One Tree Hill. We got off at the hotel we stayed at when we previously visited the island. After taking pictures of the beach and the pool, we decided to check out Wild Life Center on Hamilton Island. They had Koalas, Kangaroos, Wombats, Crocodiles and several other animals. It was a nice, but no comparison to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. When we returned to the Marina, we did some more photography since the sun was shining and it wasn’t as overcast as when we arrived. Then it was time to take the tender back to the ship. This time we rode on the Hamilton Island Catamaran which was a much faster ride and could take more passengers. All in all it was a lovely day on Hamilton Island. – Sharon and Al Johnson

 Al on the Volendam and one of the Whitsunday Group of Islands. Captain Cook named the islands Whitsunday since he visited on Whitsunday.

Al on the Volendam and one of the Whitsunday Group of Islands. Captain Cook named the islands Whitsunday since he visited on Whitsunday.

Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island.

Catamaran that tendered passengers to and from the Volendam

Catamaran that tendered passengers to and from the Volendam.

Marina on Hamilton Island.

Marina on Hamilton Island.

We were walking around the Marina when I spotted a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo on street near some tables where people were eating. Before I could take his picture, the cheeky bird leaped onto the table and grabbed the lady’s food right off her plate.

Down the street there were several trees that had hundreds of fruit bats hanging from the branches.

And later in the day we spotted another Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

This photo was taken from One Tree Hill. The large island is Whitsunday Island.

This is the pool at the Hamilton Island Resort.

The beach at Hamilton Island Resort.

These animal photos were taken at the Wild Life Center on Hamilton Island.

This photo was taken on the ship in late afternoon before we set Sail for Cairns, Australia.

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