How can I travel responsibly?

Take only photos, leave only footprints

Home to an explosion of colourful birdlife, darting lizards and timid wallabies, the Whitsundays’ natural environment is truly special. Offshore you’ll find six of the world’s seven species of turtle, along with delicate coral reefs and migrating humpback whales, who frequent the area from June to October.

Thirty-two of these islands are protected as the Whitsunday Islands National Park – including Whitsunday, Hook, Hamilton and Hayman – but it remains our responsibility to reduce human impact as much as possible.

  • Leave shells and plants where you find them: the only thing you should take with you is your rubbish.
  • Don't rush to flush and take short showers: fresh water is precious on the islands.
  • Never touch or stand on coral, even if you are wearing flippers.
  • Never touch marine life (fish, turtles etc) – human bacteria can make them sick.

For more on Cruise Whitsundays’ approach to eco-tourism, visit our Environmental Commitment page.