Hayman Island Travel Insurance
Located in the Whitsunday Islands, the beautiful Hayman Island has long been a luxury destination for tourists from around Australia and around the world. A resort on the island was first opened in 1950 and multiple owners have conducted many major redevelopments since.
The category four tropical cyclone Debbie forced the closure of Hayman Island in 2017 for extensive restoration. However, the resort re-opened after a $135 million redesign in 2019 and is now part of the InterContinental Hotel Group.The small island, which is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef just a one-hour boat ride from Hamilton Island, has an area of just 726 acres (294 hectares). However, the resort is also relatively small, ensuring the island never feels too crowded and maintains an exclusive, luxury feel.
Hayman Island Accommodation
The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort features 168 guest rooms, suites and villas set among three distinct wings. There is the Pool Wing, the Lagoon Wing and the Beach Wing.
The Beach Wing features eight Beachfront Pool Villas with private plunge pools as well as 16 Retreat Courtyard Rooms which sit behind the beachfront rooms and offer outdoor rain showers and private rainforest terraces. There are 95 rooms that make up the Lagoon Wing, which overlooks the resort’s infinity pool as well as taking in views across the Coral Sea.
Finally, the high-end Pool Wing offers 46 incredible luxury suites with either one or two bedroom options perched over Hayman Pool.The resort also includes a three-bedroom Hayman Beach House and two ‘Hayman Residence’s’, which are four-bedroom houses that positioned on the island’s hilltop for ultimate luxury and privacy.
Hayman Island Resort
In addition to the luxury rooms, InterContinental Hayman Island Resort also offers some stunning facilities and dining. The resort is centred around large pools on the side of a stunning white-sand beach and includes four restaurants and bars as well as a boutique and café.
If you are planning to book a trip to Hayman Island, it is highly recommended that you also take out a travel insurance policy. Being a small island resort with very limited medical facilities, guests requiring any substantial treatment for injury or illness need to be evacuated to the mainland. Hayman Island is also prone to tropical cyclones which can impact on travel to and from the island.Travel insurance can protect you with cover for cancellation fees and lost deposits, medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation and even loss or damage of luggage and personal effects. Make sure your trip to Hayman Island is properly covered.
Hayman Island Deals
The best deals for a trip to Hayman Island are generally found during the off-peak season, which is between January and March. The resort is generally less occupied during these months and accommodation prices are therefore cheaper. Accommodation prices are generally highest between August and December, which is the most popular time of year to visit Hayman Island.
Hayman Island Weather
Like all of the Whitsundays, Hayman Island enjoys a warm and tropical climate year-round.
The warmest months are November to March, which typically see average maximum temperatures of 29 to 31 degrees Celsius each day (84 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit).
The coldest months are still quite mild, with May to September experiencing average maximum temperatures of 23 to 26 degrees Celsius (73 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit).
January to March are the wettest months, with average rainfall of between 217mm and 296mm each month. However, when it rains it pours, with rain only falling an average of seven or less days per month during the wet season. The driest months are July to November, when Hayman Island averages less than three days of rain each month.
Hayman Island Restaurants
Visitors to InterContinental Hayman Island Resort often rave about the food that is on offer across four restaurants and bars.
Pacific is the resort’s signature restaurant and bar, which has an open ocean-facing dining room and serves a wide array of dishes for breakfast and dinner.
Amici is the Italian and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant which dishes up tapas, shared pizzas from a wood-fired oven, handmade pastas and a large selection of quality Australian wines.
Aqua is on the edge of Hayman Pool and specialises in shareable seafood dishes and seasonal salad bowls as well as ice pops, fresh juices and cocktails.
Bam Bam is the fourth restaurant at the resort and serves up Pan-Asian food with an Australian twist.
Meal portions are generally generous across all of the resort’s restaurants and most visitors are very impressed by the quality of food.
Hayman Island Activities
Hayman Island caters for those who just want to relax as well as those who enjoy a more active holiday. On the beach, guests can access a range of complimentary activities including paddle boarding, kayaking and sailing. The island does not have a golf course, but it does have a state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator for those who like a hit. There is also a recreational centre for tennis, basketball, squash, croquet, soccer, bocce, pool, foosball and more.
Nature lovers will love the complimentary nature walk, a guided tour around the resort where you may spot wallabies, cockatoos, kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets and more.
There are also a number of hiking tracks across the island, including the popular trek to Cook’s Lookout.
A large range of water-based tours are also on offer, including snorkelling and diving adventures within the Great Barrier Reef, a trip to the iconic Whitehaven Beach, fishing adventures, guided jet ski tours, private boat charters, sunset cruises and more.
How to get to Hayman Island
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar all offer flights to Hamilton Island on a daily basis.
Direct services to Hamilton Island operate from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.
From Hamilton Island, there are three options to get you to Hayman Island.
Luxury catamaran transfers are the cheapest and most common mode of transport and take roughly one hour. Alternatively, guests can take a quick 15-minute scenic helicopter ride from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island. Exclusive private yachts are also available to make the journey between the two islands.