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Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

1. Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

After pickup from your accommodation, head to the marina in Airlie Beach by bus. Board the custom-built catamaran and enjoy fresh, homemade, gluten-free brownies as a morning snack. The first stop is at one of the area's many beautiful reefs to go snorkeling. Be blown away by the vivid colors, bountiful fish, and coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef's outer fringes. This spot offers a quieter way to experience the UNESCO-protected reef. Then, head to the second snorkeling spot on the northern tip of Hook Island. With your guide, discover the area's underwater valleys, caves, and a variety of marine life. Continue to Whitehaven Beach for a buffet lunch of zucchini frittatas and quiche lorraine served with cold sliced meats, cheeses, salad, and fresh bread. After lunch, join a guided bush walk and history talk to Hill Inlet Lookout, located at the northern end of the beach. Admire the world-famous spot where white sands and turquoise waters blend in a unique swirling effect. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach and soak up the scenery. An afternoon snack of fresh fruit will be provided before the scenic journey back to Airlie Beach by boat. Be dropped back at your accommodation at approximately 5:00 PM.

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From Airlie Beach: 1-Hour Whitsunday Islands Scenic Flight

2. From Airlie Beach: 1-Hour Whitsunday Islands Scenic Flight

Board a modern airplane for a scenic flight to remember above the Whitsunday Islands. Benefit from a modern aircraft, in-flight commentary, and return transportation from Airlie Beach. Take a 60-minute scenic flight with guaranteed window seating and in-flight pilot commentary, and enjoy aerial views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands off the north coast of Queensland. Fly above the islands for stunning views of all the landmarks, such as Shute Harbour, Molle Islands, Long Island, Dent Island, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Hill Inlet, and make 2 passes over Whitehaven Beach. Experience the dramatic natural aquarium of the Great Barrier Reef from a different perspective. Fly over the famous Heart Reef, nestled amongst the bright colors and patterns of Hardy Reef. Return to the mainland and land at Proserpine Airport, where a complimentary shuttle bus transfer can take you back to Airlie Beach.

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Whitsunday Helicopter Tour: Flight + Whitehaven Landing

3. Whitsunday Helicopter Tour: Flight + Whitehaven Landing

Get an orientation tour of the Whitsundays Islands by helicopter on a 30-minute, scenic flight from Airlie Beach. Fly over some of the most stunning island scenery in Australia, getting aerial views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands en route to Whitehaven Beach. Get an in-flight commentary from your pilot as you fly over landmark attractions, such as Hill Inlet, Shute Harbour, the Molle Islands, Long Island, Dent Island, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and your ultimate destination, Whitehaven Beach. On landing, laze on the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and look out at the beautiful blue waters of the Coral Sea. Benefit from 1.5 hours to enjoy the sparklingly clean sands, and experience Australia's top-rated beach firsthand. Journey back to Proserpine Airport, where a courtesy bus can take you back to Airlie Beach.

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Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

4. Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

See the wonders of the Whitsundays without getting in the water. Cruise around the best coral reefs around Airlie Beach with your family or friends on a tour that is suitable for all ages.  Enjoy a photo opportunity stop at Lions Lookout prior to your departure. Marvel at the views over the harbor and the stunning Whitsunday Islands and add a charming portrait to your holiday photo collection. Then, venture out on a glass-bottom boat that is fully shaded from the sun. Discover breathtaking coral worlds and marine wildlife such as turtles, rays, and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Explore the valuable ecosystem that lives within the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with a spectrum of vibrant hard and soft coral and underwater critters as you cruise through the idyllic islands. Listen to funny and informative commentary about the reef from your guide.

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Airlie Beach: Cedar Creek Falls and Coral Sea Resort Tour

5. Airlie Beach: Cedar Creek Falls and Coral Sea Resort Tour

Explore Cedar Creek Falls, swim with turtles at the majestic waterfalls, surrounded by tropical flora and fauna and take a guided walk to the top for spectacular views. Relax next to the Coral Sea resort pool and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. At Airlie Beach, you can get back to nature and see the impressive white cedar trees, Alexandra Palms, wild orchids, colorful butterflies, and many species of birds. Your experienced guide will take you on a walk to the top of the falls where you can climb over the rocks and take a dip in the refreshing clear natural pools. Back at the resort, frolic at the pool, and when you’re ready to relax, savor a delicious lunch and cocktail.

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Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach Seaplane Tour

6. Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach Seaplane Tour

Discover the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach with this seaplane tour from Airlie Beach. Enjoy a stop to explore this World Heritage-listed location and savor a freshly-prepared lunch. Your experience starts with pickup from selected locations. Board the seaplane and soar over the Whitsunday Islands, admiring aerial views of Heart Reef, Hill Inlet, and more. Listen to the in-flight commentary as you cruise towards Whitehaven Beach. Land at a private location in Hardy Lagoon. Relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or paddle across the calm waters on a stand-up paddleboard. Enjoy coral viewing in a semi-submersible vessel, with an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas, and easy access to the water. Swim in the refreshing waters and explore the coral gardens teeming with marine life. During the stop, you’ll enjoy lunch served on the beach. At the end of the trip, board the seaplane back to Airlie Beach, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

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Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour with Whitehaven Landing

7. Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour with Whitehaven Landing

When you see it from the air it’s easy to understand why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The amazing array of colors is something that’s best experienced on a helicopter tour. This 2.5-hour program begins with a scenic helicopter flight, taking you to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also have fantastic views of the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach. In addition to seeing it all from above, you’ll land at Whitehaven Beach, where you’ll have 90 minutes to explore Australia's finest beach at your leisure. Sights you’ll see during the tour include Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Hook Reef, Hayman Island, Hook Island and Daydream Island.

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Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

8. Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

Break out your binoculars and walking boots to experience a day of Australian nature and wildlife from Airlie Beach. Learn about Indigenous people and their connection to the land. Encounter local wildlife as you navigate through pristine nature reserves. Get an early start to the day as you set out on a road trip to share the sunrise with local kangaroos and Wallabies. After a walk through the National Park rain forest and a sacred Indigenous fish trap site, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the beach. Walk off your breakfast with an interpretive wander through a subtropical rain forest or a hike to the lookout. Then, hop back on your guide-driven vehicle and continue the road trip to a local farm. Get your cameras ready from some of the most beautiful sights. Once at the farm, get a chance to interact with several tropical birds in a walkthrough Aviary and some friendly farm animals. Sip on a cup of light morning tea before heading back to Airlie Beach. Use your free time in some locations to swim and relax. This is an educational experience is crafted with a personal touch in a small group so you can have a completely personalized experience close to nature. Encounter wildlife such as kookaburras, fruit doves, birds of prey, goannas, turtles, platypus, and lizards.

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What people are saying about Airlie Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 298 reviews

The Thundercat was a really comfortable boat and the guides were very friendly and knowledgable, the music that played during the cruise was perfect for the activity. The Whitehaven Beach lookout stop could have been a little shorter and more time spent snorkelling. The lunch provided was well organised and catered for all diets, with plenty of food to go around. Overall the experience was fantastic, it was a great day on the water, I would definitely recommend it.

The tour from red cat adventures to Whitehaven beach and snorkelling locations was a memorable and enjoyable experience. The boat was comfortable and thrilling and the crew made the experience extra special. The food was delicious and the sights were so beautiful!

JJ and Maddy were very friendly throughout the tour. Saw some really pretty and colourful corals, cute and big fish. The trip was very organised. Definitely would recommend

Luv luv luv. The view was breathtaking, staff were lovely. Worth every cent.

It was an amazing day and the tour guides were lovely!