We are hoping to travel to the Whitsunday Islands in September because we heard that was the best time to go. We live in Melbourne, so we will most likely go 3-4 days - we would like to rent jet skis to see the different islands. What island should we stay at? We like to go out and explore but at the same time love a nice beach without too many kids.
I traveled in the Whitsunday's twice (last time was 15 yrs ago) and both times a group of friends and I rented a sailboat through http://www.rentayacht.com.au/ I'm sure there are other companies that rent yachts there. This allowed us to visit several islands and we slept on the boat in berths. There are a variety of sizes and types of vessels to choose from. I think there are also multi-day cruises with other companies that you can join. For renting jet skis, I think Hamilton Island would be the best bet, as it's the most developed. Long Island (Australia) is a lot quieter and we enjoyed a couple of days there. Whitehaven Beach is awesome, but there's no overnight there. There may be a resort on the other side of Whitsunday Island, but I'm not sure. If you want the most luxurious resort, I hear that's Hayman Island.
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