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  1. Australia
  2. Queensland
  3. Airlie Beach
  4. Great Barrier Reef - Whitsunday Islands

Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach Seaplane Tour

Product ID: 122031
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The best way to see the Whitsundays: from the air and land. Snorkel at a private, pristine Great Barrier Reef location, visit the iconic Whitehaven Beach, experience a water landing and let the magic of the Whitsundays take your breath away!
About this activity
Duration 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
Chinese, English

Pickup included

Guests to meet the local partner at the front door of their accommodation.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Experience scenic views of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef from the air
  • Relax on the world-famous Whitehaven Beach
  • Snorkel and admire the underwater world of Great Barrier Reef from a private glass-bottom boat
Full description
Witness the finest the region has to offer in one half day tour and enjoy the incredible land and seascapes of the World Heritage listed Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from both the air and on the surface. Upon arrival you will be greeted by a member of our friendly front office team. After a quick check-in you will be issued with a stinger suit and then given a video briefing before leaving the terminal to alight your seaplane. Take off on the airport runway and then commence your scenic flight to Whitehaven Beach. Take in the sights of Shute Harbour, Long Island, Daydream Island and the Whitsunday Passage before flying between Hook Island and Whitsunday Island. As you approach Whitehaven Beach you will start to see the stunning swirling sands of Hill Inlet. Your pilot will perform aerial work atop of Hill Inlet to capture that picture perfect postcard shot before touching down on the aquamarine waters of Whitehaven Beach for a relaxing one hour visit.

Arrive at Whitehaven Beach, frequently voted as one of the world’s top ten beaches, this striking stretch of silica beach on Whitsunday Island National Park is the perfect location to enjoy a picnic lunch, explore and recline in the crystal clear waters with turtles and rays. Enjoy your first water take off as you set course for the Great Barrier Reef. Fly over the dark blue Coral Sea before taking in the stunning sights of Bait Reef, Hook and Hardy Lagoon before flying atop of stunning Heart Reef.

Then travel to the Great Barrier Reef private location. Our guests are able to take advantage of snorkelling, while rejuvenating in the refreshing waters amongst ancient coral gardens teeming with marine life. During low tide our location is only 2-6 metres deep providing the first time snorkeller with more confidence due to the comfortable conditions, while the more experienced can enjoy the abundance of sea life and coral that the added protection of the reef wall has provided. View coral from our private semi-submersible. The vessel has an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas, along with easy access into the water. Say goodbye to our private lagoon as you take off again from the calm waters of Hardy Lagoon and commence the flight back to the airport. On the return flight you get to tale in more views of the Great Barrier Reef along with Hayman Island the northern side of Hook Island and the Molle group of islands.
  • Scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Whitsunday Islands National Park, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and Heart Reef
  • Approximately two hours at a private reef location, including snorkeling, coral viewing and relaxing on glass-bottom boat
  • One hour visit to Whitehaven Beach (beach umbrella provided)
  • Snorkeling equipment, protective suit, flotation device, and snorkeling instruction
  • Light refreshments and Australian-brand snacks throughout the tour
  • In-flight commentary
  • Courtesy transfers to/from Airlie Beach area
What’s Not Included
  • Towels
  • Prescription snorkeling masks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• The exact time of departure or arrival is not guaranteed. All flights are subject to time changes due to weather, tides, and other variables
• You must call (07) 4946 9111, 24 hours before your flight to reconfirm and ensure the time of the flight has not changed due to tides or weather conditions
• Please ensure you bring your own towel and wear your swimwear under your clothes if you wish to swim as there are no changing facilities.
• The seaplanes do not operate from or service Hamilton Island or Daydream Island. If you are staying on an island, please advise upon booking. Please note you will be responsible for organizing your ferry transfer from the island to mainland Airlie Beach to join the tour.
• Courtesy bus pickup is approximately one hour prior to scheduled departure time. If self-driving, check in is 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
• If you require a prescription snorkeling mask, please contact the local partner.
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Product ID: 122031