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Perfect sugar sand beach,
Heron Island, Australia.


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Aerial view of Heron Island, best-value tropical
island getaway on the Great Barrier Reef.
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AUSTRALIA: THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
HERON ISLAND -- Ideal Getaway for Couples & Families.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Remodeling is Now Complete !
Recently an extensive renovation project
was completed on Heron Island, transforming an already
brilliant property into an even sweeter 3-star getaway!


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Here's Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.
Map is © Copyright Delaware North Companies.

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This unique atoll getaway is perfect for honeymoon couples, anniversaries or romantic getaways; & also for families with kids who want to scuba dive, or snorkel, in high comfort & luxury -- at a remarkably affordable price -- on a remote, pristine South Pacific island. Here on Heron, time & stress have little meaning. Our Australia dive packages reflect this TLC fully. And that goes for both Australia snorkeling vacations or Australia scuba diving vacations.

One of a kind in the Queensland region, Heron Island is among few resorts anywhere in Australia that is located right on the Great Barrier Reef itself. Most other resorts are 1-2 hours by bumpy boat from the living reef. However, Heron Island perches atop its own private coral atoll -- surrounded by a vast & magnificent turquoise-peacock blue lagoon. Where the clean, white, sugar-sand beach stops, the Great Barrier Reef starts. It's as easy as it is breath-taking!

Because Heron Island is literally made of coral, & is bordered on all sides by lush acres of living coral reef, the abundance of vivid colors, marine life & crystal clean water is a balm to any city-weary soul. The reef here is utterly bustling with fish, like some fantasy aquarium. That's why this resort consistently has attracted travelers & researchers from all over the world, year after year, seeking Australia dive packages with a flair yet decent economy.

One of the many strong suits of this resort is that any guest, any time of day, can take a short stroll from their front door to the edge of a coral reef that's only a few steps right off their beach. Once again -- this is the ideal environment for either snorkeling vacations or scuba diving vacations. At low tide you can wade over clean white sand in only a few feet of warm water, skirting life-rich coral beds, seeing many of the same sights a scuba diver sees without even getting your face wet. At high tide, the water right near the beaches is still safely shallow & allows incredible snorkeling in & around the coralheads. Regarding Australia diving vacations, this place is ideal for parents with young children since the snorkeling & swimming conditions are so gentle & forgiving. There are few places in the world that offer this kind of easy access to underwater beauty. Your beaches are just a few fin kicks away from some amazing sights.

For scuba divers with a yen for deeper & more challenging adventure, Heron Island's swift, spacious dive vessel can whisk you off to the perimeter of the outer lagoon where ocean walls beckon, teeming with fish, soft corals & hard corals in riotous colors. The diving is safe & spectacular & the dive guides know their atoll like their own living room. Aussie's feel so strongly about the exceptional purity of this reef environment that in 1974 the Heron Island-Wistari Reef System was the first coral region anywhere in Australia to be declared a Marine National Park.

Apres water play, the lounge, restaurant, accommodations & amenities offer five-star luxury with service that's gracious & attentive. There aren't many Australia dive packages left like this anywhere on the Great Barrier Reef, offering dive resorts that haven't been inundated by daytrippers, gaudy tourist trappings & the party-hearty hordes from big Aussie cities. Heron Island is a gem that stands out even on the huge expanse of the world's longest living barrier reef. It's a cinch to get to from Gladstone, Queensland -- via catamaran or helicopter as you wish -- out to Heron Island to commence your Australia snorkeling vacation or Australia scuba diving vacation.

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Scuba diver pauses to enjoy.

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Plenty of healthy corals.


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HERON ISLAND's BASIC PLAN:

112 rooms featuring either a balcony or patio, ensuite bathroom,
hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities, ceiling fans, refrigerator
and clock radio. To help guests leave the outside world behind,
TVs & telephones are not found in guest rooms, but are available
in the guest departure lounge. This island offers the best bargains for
Australia diving vacations or Australia snorkeling packages.

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(All room rates include all meals on island.)

HERON ISLAND RESORT PRICES:

All Heron Island packages are charged in Australian dollars. Please feel free to phone our USA stateside agents at 952-953-4124 for the best package prices to Heron Island Resort. Prices subject to small random flux from currency exchange rates, & we promise to always price protect our clients.

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Scuba diving with peaceful Aussie sea turtles.


HERON ISLAND RESORT DIVE PACKAGES: estimated Aus $190 / diver per 2-tank day on dive vessel. Included are tanks, weights, divemaster guide. Night dives -- Aus $95 pp from vessel. Lights & gear are not included. You book diving on the island, not before trip.

(Portions of these texts have been reprinted courtesy of Heron Island Resort & are copyrighted by Delaware North Companies, our esteemed contract partners in marketing Heron Island.)

SPECIAL SERVICES AVAILABLE at HERON ISLAND:

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Blissing out with snorkels on the Heron Island reefs.

DINING & BAR FACILITIES:
3 superb meals are included each day. Breakfast & lunch are buffet style while dinner is usually a 4 course set menu. Open for breakfast from 7.00 - 9.30 am, lunch is served from 12.30 - 2.00 pm & dinner is served 6.30 - 9.00 pm. On arrival, the Maitre D' will allocate a table which will be yours for the duration of your stay. Special diets catered for by prior arrangement. Picnic hamper service available by request. The Bar & Lounge features panoramic reef views, with a cocktail bar, entertainment lounge, dance floor & upstairs games area. A varied live entertainment program takes place each evening. The Bar & Lounge opens to an outdoor terrace. Open from 10 am to midnight. After all, social lubricants sometimes add a mellow touch to Australia snorkeling vacations or scuba diving vacations.


FREE ACTIVITIES at HERON ISLAND:


OTHER ACTIVITIES (small charges apply):

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Reef Suite at Heron.

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Point Suite at Heron.

DETAILS on HERON ISLAND LODGING OPTIONS:

1. Turtle Cabins

2. Reef Suites

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View of a Heron Suite.

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Tennis courts nearby.

3. Heron Suites

4. Beach House

5. Point Suites


Check-in 2:00 pm. Check-out 10:00 am

Departure lounge, including showers, toilet, clothes washing facilities & comfortable seating, available until island departure.

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Riotous colors & healthy marine
life of the Great Barrier Reef are
only seconds from your beach !


SCUBA DIVING at HERON ISLAND:
The resort owners now require all scuba diving to be registered for & paid for on the island; & therefore we do not pre-book the scuba tours. Heron Island is famous around the world because it is exciting diving made easy. There's no need for day-tripping dive tours to the Reef, because you're already there. So you can easily enjoy two full dives a day. There are over twenty different dive sites, more than half of which are just fifteen minutes from the beach. With so many acres of living coral literally teeming with fish, it's easy to see why keen divers keep coming back to Heron, one of the focal points of Australia snorkeling vacations or scuba diving vacations.

Why dive Heron Island, when you can go anywhere
else on the Great Barrier Reef of AUSTRALIA?

Winter - 20-22 degrees Celcius (68-70 degrees Fahrenheit)
Summer - 25-27 degrees Celcisus (77-80 degrees Fahrenheit)

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Map of the best classic Heron Island scuba diving sites.
All graphics provided courtesy of Heron Island Resort.


CLASSIC HERON ISLAND SCUBA DIVING SITES:

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Vivid nudibranch glides by.

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Refresh scuba diving skills.


FOR THOSE WITH A YEN FOR ADVENTURE
DIVING, HERON ISLAND OFFERS THESE SITES:
Just when you thought you'd seen it all, Heron also offers Adventure Diving. Join a full day expedition away on one of the island's specially equipped dive boats, seeking outlying virgin reefs such as Sykes, Broomfield, Lamont & Fitzroy, & explore even more of what the region has to offer. & to top off your diving holiday, try a Night Dive. You'll witness a dazzling performance from a cast of thousands never seen during the light of day. An entirely new dive experience if you have never explored the marine world on nighttime dive tours before. The coral brilliance is equally accessible to clients on snorkeling vacations or scuba diving vacations, so skin divers feel free to jump in; you're considered equally important here on Heron Island!

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At sunset, a sea turtle calmly skids back home.


HERON ISLAND CLIMATE STATISTICS:
Tropical climate, average year-round temperature of approximately
27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit). To convert Celsius into
Fahrenheit, multiply by 1.8 then add 32 degrees. Pretty keen math, eh!

Average Monthly Maximum Temperature

JAN

FEB

MAR

APR

MAY

JUN

JUL

AUG

SEP

OCT

NOV

DEC

C

30

30

29

27

24

22

21

26

27

29

29

29

F

86

86

84

80

75

72

70

79

80

84

84

84


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The clean inviting swimming pool on Heron Island.


HERON ISLAND IS HOME to MANY AMAZING CRITTERS.
HERE IS A GOOD PLAN for MONTH-BY-MONTH VISITING,
& WHAT YOU CAN HOPE to SEE at this WILDLIFE SANCTUARY!


January
Heron Island's bird life is very active. This month is the peak breeding season for sea birds,
particularly Black Noddies, Mutton Birds & Reef Herons. Pisonia grandis have sticky
seeds falling from the trees. Female Turtles are laying eggs on the beach & turtle hatchlings
can be seen making their way to the sea.

Average rainfall - 196 mm
Average temperature - min 23.6C max 29.8C
Average water temperature - min 26.5C max 30.5C

February
Wedge tailed Shearwater Mutton Bird chicks hatching - Island birdlife remains active.
Female Turtles are still laying eggs & hatchlings continue to emerge from the nests

Average rainfall - 136 mm
Average temperature - min 23.5C max 29.5C
Average water temperature - min 26.5C max 30.5C

March
Migratory types of birds, such as the Ruddy Turn-stone & Eastern Golden Plover depart
the Island. Some show breeding plumage as they return to their Arctic nesting grounds.
Birds still nesting, include the Buffbanded Rail & the Black Noddy. Female turtles are at
the end of the nesting season.

Average rainfall - 155.99 mm
Average temperature - min 23.3C max 29.0C
Average water temperature - min 25.0C max 28.0C

April
Most of the Noddies depart the Island. Young Wedge-tail Shearwater birds
(Puffinus pacificus) leave their burrows. Adult Shearwaters leave the Island.

Average rainfall - 79.0 mm
Average temperature - min 21.6C max 27.3C
Average water temperature - min 23.2C max 27.0C

May
The last of the turtle hatchlings can be seen emerging from their nests.
Young Wedge-tailed Shearwaters are still learning to fly & should
leave the Island by the end of the month.

Average rainfall - 109.7mm
Average temperature - min 19.4C max 24.4C
Average water temperature - min 19.5C max 23.0C

June
Humpback Whales northern migration begins & they are often seen passing
through waters around the Island. Average Humpback weighs 40 tons & measures 16 metres.

Average rainfall - 55.8 mm
Average temperature - min 22.0C max 29.4C
Average water temperature - min 25.0C max 29.0C

July
Humpback Whales frequently sighted in the Capricorn & Bunker region.
Reef Herons start building their nests.

Average rainfall - 90.5 mm
Average temperature - min 16.2C max 21.4C
Average water temperature - min 18.0C max 23.0C

August
A month warming up to spring, more general activity on the reef & the Island.
Towards the end of the month the Black Noddies begin returning.
Good Humpback Whale sightings have been frequent in past years.

Average rainfall - 46.2 mm
Average temperature - min 14.6C max 26.0C
Average water temperature - min 20.0C max 23.0C

September
Humpback Whales are active. Humpbacks are well known for their breeching habits.
Black Noddies are now returning to the Island will commence nesting. Turtle mating
may be seen. Northern Hemisphere migratory birds, such as Ruddy Turnstones &
Eastern Golden Plovers arrive back on the Island.

Average rainfall - 26.1 mm
Average temperature - min 15.8C max 27.0C
Average water temperature - min 20.0C max 24.0C

October
Whales now heading south to the Antarctic with their calves. Black Noddies nesting.
Wedge-tailed Shearwaters returning to the island to nest. Resident Silver Eyes nesting.
Turtle mating may be observed.

Average rainfall - 43.5 mm
Average temperature - min 16.7C max 29.0C
Average water temperature - min 20.0C max 26.0C

November
Turtle egg laying begins. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters can be seen digging & repairing
nesting burrows to start their breeding season. Black Noddies' eggs are seen in the nest.

Average rainfall - 54.1 mm
Average temperature - min 18.5C max 29.0C
Average water temperature - min 22.0C max 28.5C

The annual synchronised mass spawning of corals usually occurs during this month.
Spawning synchronises with the lunar month & dates vary, usually 3 - 4 days after
the full moon. If corals do not spawn in this month, they will in December.

December
Bird life is extremely active. Numerous Black Noddy chicks can be seen. Wedge-tail
Shearwaters are laying eggs in their burrows. Turtles are laying eggs & hatchlings
emerging from the sand. Coral spawning may occur.

Average rainfall - 55.8 mm
Average temperature - min 22.0C max 29.4C
Average water temperature - min 25.0C max 29.0C

Helicopter transfers to Heron Island.
Try a helicopter to Heron!

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Plenty of solid fishing here.

AIR CONNECTIONS:
Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Gladstone (GLT) with Qantas (QF) or Ansett (AN)

DAILY CATAMARAN-FERRY & HELICOPTER SERVICE:
Heron Island is just a half hour helicopter ride from Gladstone. A complimentary coach departs Gladstone Airport at 10.30am to Gladstone Marina. The launch departs at 11.00am to Heron Island & returns (with coach transfer) to Gladstone Airport at approximately 3.45pm daily. Flights arriving into Gladstone to meet the launch must arrive no later than 10.30am Flights departing Gladstone must depart no earlier than 3.45pm. To fully confirm launch transfers for your dive tours, arrival & departure details for Gladstone must be advised. Note: This service does not operate on Christmas Day. Marine Helicopters depart Gladstone Airport daily on demand during daylight hours.

BAGGAGE ALLOWED on HELICOPTERS:
Passengers on Marine Helicopter transfers to Heron Island may be restricted to one suitcase & one small carry-on item of hand luggage (combined maximum weight - 15kg).

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Humpback whales June-Sept!

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Seabirds by the thousands!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION or RESERVATIONS:

Please contact:
John & Susan Hessburg, Managers
U.S. DIVE TRAVEL Network

PMB 307 / Suite # 116
15050 Cedar Avenue S.
St. Paul, Minnesota 55124-7046
Voice Mail: 952-953-4124

E-mail: divetrip@bitstream.net

Website: www.usdivetravel.com

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Imagine that,
a heron!


Snorkeling--yes!

IMPORTANT NOTE about PRICES & TARIFFS:
The resort & facilities on Heron Island are owned & operated by Delaware North Companies, our respected travel partners in Australia. U.S. Dive Travel serves as a contract wholesaler/broker for vacation clients seeking air tickets & lodging on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. All photos on this webpage, & many of the bulleted text lists are material provided courtesy of our colleagues at Delaware North Companies. All copyrights for the borrowed text blocks & for these photos are reserved by Delaware North Companies. Now onward to the scuba vacations!

All package prices listed here, for all Australia snorkeling vacations or scuba diving vacations, are subject to possible change in this steadily evolving travel market. Land prices are traditionally stable, while air prices can fluctuate daily. Until air tickets are issued, all airlines reserve the right to change airfares without notice -- an industry standard. We at U.S. Dive Travel will price-protect you to the utmost of our professional ability; & that has been our pledge for one decade now. We normally secure excellent discount air tickets. Remember please, the federal government has deregulated airlines, so only they control their pricing -- not any travel professionals.

Unless specifically noted, these above Delaware North Companies dive tours show prices for only the land-based portion of your vacation, in most cases reflecting double-occupancy rooms. At most dive resorts & on most live-aboard vessels, there will be no triple-occupancy rooms offered. Some exceptions will be noted with our scuba vacations. International & commuter "island-hopper" airfares are always extra above these land costs. Nominal service fees are also extra for air tickets & the lodging + diving components. The baseline tariffs for all clients start at $45 per person for the land portion + $35 pp for the air tickets. Late-booking clients may receive slightly higher tariffs on the lodging + diving. Solo clients will always pay a single supplement to secure a private room -- normally 35% to 50% more.

The preferred payment mode for all our Australia dive resorts is by cashier's check or wire transfer in U.S. dollars. All clients living outside the USA or Canada will need to pay only via direct wire transfer in U.S. dollars. No personal checks will be accepted for the land portion of any reservation, please. Thank you for your gracious understanding. Our service level for our dive tours is the highest & our prices the lowest in this industry, & thus we need to preserve a reasonable margin. For published-fare air ticket bookings, USDT always accepts Visa & Mastercard. For ultra-discount wholesale air tickets, however, USDT accepts only cashier's checks, please.

Remember, all clients to all Australia dive resorts will be asked by local officials overseas, upon departing the airport on your final day, to pay a nominal government departure tax, usually between USD $35 - $40 per client. USDT cannot collect this tax beforehand, so you simply pay it down there, in your host country. Be sure to stash away some quickie cash for this final moment at the airport, so you'll get your exit visa stamped quickly with no fuss; & away you go. Best of luck with your travel plans. We hope all your Australia dive vacations are safe & satisfying adventures. Blessings & best wishes.

Best fishes too!

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John Hessburg & Susan Hessburg
Managers / Founding Partners
U.S. Dive Travel Network.

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