Airlie Beach
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  • Airlie Beach: Jet Ski Safari

    1. Airlie Beach: Jet Ski Safari

    Hop on a jet ski and glide through the turquoise waters and beautiful bays of Airlie Beach at high speed. Enjoy the opportunity to feed fish and encounter marine life, such as turtles and dugongs. Upon arrival, receive a safety briefing and life jacket from your qualified guide. Then, set off on your jet ski safari aboard modern Sea-Doo skis, which are extremely fun to ride and suitable for both experienced and novice riders. During the safari, enjoy the informative commentary of your guides as you soak up the scenic surroundings of Airlie Beach in a unique way. Take home memories of your experience with plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

    My partner went and absolutely loved it. Still talking about how fun and easy it was. Loved the instructor! Could have probably stayed out on the water all day. Such good value for money! High recommend if you're looking for something different to do for the day. If we were here longer he would probably go everyday.

  • Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

    2. Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

    Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bushwalk as you embark on the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach.

    Climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays as you depart from Airlie Beach. The semi-rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure, and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. Select the North Whitehaven option for an eco-adventure popular amongst avid snorkellers. This includes two different snorkel destinations, a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Select the South Whitehaven option for more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand, and a guided walk to Hill Inlet for breatht...

    Awesome experience which I rate as one of the top experiences in my life. Seeing the beautiful live coral was something else. These guys knows the spots and our team AJ and "Deray" (hope I spelt that right!) were fantastic, knowledgeable and engaging with everyone on the boat. My reluctant sullen 13y old who did not want to go had the best time ever!

  • Airlie Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Sparkling Wine

    3. Airlie Beach: 2-Hour Sunset Cruise with Sparkling Wine

    Depart from the Coral Sea Marina in the Northern Village, which is only a short walk from the main street of Airlie Beach. You will cruise around Pioneer Bay and then get up close to many of the points of interest along the Airlie Beach coastline. If you are lucky, you will be able to spot turtles on the way, and on Wednesdays you can see the locals on their weekly yacht race. Watch a picture-perfect sunset and observe Airlie start to light up at dusk, whilst enjoying a glass of bubbly.  The Sundowner is a fully covered purpose-built catamaran designed for socializing. Unlike a yacht, it has a flat surface and no trip hazards. There is ample room to move, and high heels are welcome. Plenty of seating is available on board, and every seat has a great view of the Ocean.

    It was such a beautiful end to our week! The views are worth it, hosts are fantastic! There's space at the back of you want some quiet but even surrounded by a hens and few big groups which felt like a party boat I still was able to enjoy some peace and enjoy the atmosphere and take everything in. Definitely book it was so great and just a wonderful experience!!!! 5 stars!!!!

  • Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

    4. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

    Cruise to Whitehaven Beach on this 6-hour cruise. Depart early in the morning on a high-speed vessel for a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and be the first on the beach. Alternatively, depart later in the day and enjoy a sunset cruise home.

    Enjoy morning or afternoon tea. Board the Whitehaven vessel for the scenic cruise to the magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas inside and out and your skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area.

    Sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer, and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays, starting with views of Passage Peak and the Pentecost Island. The waters of Solway Passage lead you to Whitehaven Beach, a must-see in the Whitsundays.

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    Wow What a fantastic day, could not speak highly enough of the attention and service from the crew. Whitehaven was awesome and the half day with a stop off for 20min at Hamilton was just perfect Bear and Mouse

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

    5. 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 ...

    Was a bit rough due to weather but the crew were absolutely fabulous and made sure our safety was foremost. Would diffently do this activity again and recommend to anyone looking at doing this as well.

  • Airlie Beach: Sunset Sail to Whitsundays

    6. Airlie Beach: Sunset Sail to Whitsundays

    Embark on an adventure and set sail on a 2-hour sunset sail across the bay. Be welcomed on board with a glass of bubbles.  Relax on the green cushioned seats on deck. Help pull up a sail, or two if you feel like it or just chill on deck and take in the tropical sunset.  Enjoy some snacks on the platter consisting of crusty bread, cheeses, fruit, and dips. This experience is perfect for a romantic evening and a journey to remember. Experience the boat Providence V that was in a Hollywood movie called Survive the Savage Seas and is one of the most picturesque sailing boats in the Whitsundays. The boat is built from North Queensland timber and is a replica of the old Grand Banks fishing boats,  a Bluenose or Gloucester schooner.

    A relaxing beautiful experience from the welcome drink and cheese platter, to the good company and helpful crew.

  • Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

    7. Airlie Beach: Outer Great Barrier Reef ReefWorld Pontoon

    Departing from Airlie Beach, cruise through the Whitsundays on a high-speed, luxury vessel. Enjoy morning tea as you pass by deserted islands, secluded bays and beaches en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef. The vessel features spacious lounges, full air-conditioning, huge outside view decks and a duo of bars that will gladly serve you your favourite refreshment, including both alcohol and soft drinks. Arrive at the permanently-moored, spacious and innovative pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The water quality and diverse marine life is unrivalled. Meet hundreds of fish species and admire a variety of hard and soft coral. This makes for unbelievable snorkelling and diving if you wish (at an extra cost on the day). Spend the time as you please: make use of the undercover seating and tables, sun decks to top up your tan, freshwater showers and changing rooms. Visit the underwat...

    Amazing would definitely do it again definitely one of the coolest things we have ever done

  • Airlie Beach: Full-Day Sail to Whitehaven and Snorkeling

    8. Airlie Beach: Full-Day Sail to Whitehaven and Snorkeling

    Jump on board a classic 62-ft gaff-rigged schooner and feel the breeze as you sail across to Whitehaven. Help out to pull up the sails or relax in the sunshine on the deck. Enjoy some morning tea with home-baked chocolate brownies.

    Sail across the Whitsunday Passage and take a leisurely pace towards Tongue Bay. Look out for turtles swimming through the warm water.

    Anchor close to shore and walk up to Hill Inlet. Take in the views of the white sands and turquoise waters of Whitehaven Beach and discover why it’s been voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world.

    Head back to the boat for a picnic lunch of wraps and homemade frittata. Set sail again and continue to the snorkeling spot on the fringing reef. Savor a refreshing fruit platter in the afternoon and perhaps buy a cocktail from the onboard ba...

    Wonderful sailing to get to the snorkeling spot, then to Whitehaven beach. Enjoyed ot very much!

  • Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

    9. 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.

    Captain was very informative and knew a lot about the reef and surrou ding areas

  • From Airlie Beach: Twin Island Day Trip

    10. From Airlie Beach: Twin Island Day Trip

    Enjoy a day exploring the Whitsunday Islands, featuring Hamilton Island and the Daydream Island. The first stop on your island-hopping adventure is Daydream Island, where you can enjoy one of the most unique attractions in Queensland, the Living Reef coral lagoon. Wander around the resort or take a dip in the pool before watching the sharks and stingrays in action at the fish feeding show. After spending time on Daydream Island, enjoy a short cruise to Hamilton Island for a delicious lunch at Marina Tavern. Enjoy great food and sweeping views of the marina. After lunch, explore the island by foot or with the complimentary Island Shuttle service. Try and visit One Tree Hill to catch some incredible views of the Whitsunday Islands. Cool off in the resort pool afterwards, complete with a swim-up bar and ocean outlook, or take a walk along famous Catseye Beach.

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What people are saying about Airlie Beach

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 23 reviews

The flight over the outer Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must and was absolutely fantastic and awesome. I must say I never really understood what we have at our doorstep here in Australia. Our pilot (think his name was Liam) was very knowledgeable and experienced. The cruise on the tall ship was great and the feeling of the wind taking you along was exhilarating. With the trip out to and back from the airport near Prosepine it ends up quite a big day but one well worth it.

unbelievable experience. Dave and Cam were our guides and they were honestly the best. Super friendly, super funny, did everything to ensure everyone was okay, fed and happy! Cannot recommend this tour enough. Thank you to Dave and Cam for the awesome experience!!

Was a bit rough due to weather but the crew were absolutely fabulous and made sure our safety was foremost. Would diffently do this activity again and recommend to anyone looking at doing this as well.

Staff (Cam and Amy), boat, and locations were excellent. Lunch was wholesome and plentiful.

Need more clear signs to reach the boat for the ttip