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Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Fly and Cruise Helicopter Tour

1. Airlie Beach: Whitsundays Fly and Cruise Helicopter Tour

Enjoy transportation to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a buffet lunch, a snorkeling tour, and a spectacular helicopter flight over Hill Inlet and the Whitsunday Islands on this fly and cruise helicopter combo tour. After pickup, cruise through the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands to reach the beach club. Access all of the club's facilities and activities, including a buffet lunch. Soak up the sun on the beach or take a stroll to South Whitehaven Lookout. Later, board the helicopter for a scenic helicopter flight with a guaranteed window seat. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and the iconic Hill Inlet. Admire views of the swirling white sands contrasting against the turquoise waters of the inlet. Finally, take part in an optional snorkel tour. Snorkel amongst an expansive range of coral, fish species as well as sea turtles, manta rays, and plenty of other marine life.

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.

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.

From Airlie Beach: 60-Minute Whitsundays Scenic Flight

4. From Airlie Beach: 60-Minute Whitsundays Scenic Flight

Delight in a 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the big window views from your comfortable fixed-wing aircraft, and learn all about the area with your experienced pilot's expert commentary. After pickup from your accommodation in Airlie Beach, head to the nearby airport for take-off. Unlike flights offered by other companies in the area, the local partner is able to take-off from much closer to Airlie Beach, saving you the long 40-minute travel time. Once up in the air, marvel at the best bird's-eye views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. Fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations Heart Reef. After you land, transfer back to your accommodation in Airlie Beach.

Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

5. Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

Experience the best of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef in one day: from the water and the air. Visit the Whitsundays’ most iconic destinations. These include the famous Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and secret, exclusive snorkeling locations. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bush walk, all in one day. Visit both ends of the world-famous beach. Departing from Airlie Beach, take to the skies and experience a once-in-a-lifetime, 60-minute scenic flight. Soar over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Guests will have a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, flying over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed-wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary, and the best views of the Whitsundays. Then, take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Departing from Airlie Beach, climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays. This means it is not only an adventurous ride, but distances are covered in a shorter time, leaving more time for activities. 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. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout to view and capture photographs of the stunning swirling silica sands and aqua water. This operator is the only tour to have direct access to all areas of the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach to ensure you enjoy the most memorable experience of this special place. If you have selected the 'North Whitehaven' option: This eco-adventure is a favourite amongst avid snorkellers because it is the only Whitsunday adventure which includes two different snorkel destinations. Not only that, but it includes a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, north end of Whitehaven Beach, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Guests explore the restricted area of beautiful Hill Inlet at Whitehaven Beach.  If you have selected the South Whitehaven Option: This tour visits both the northern and southern ends of Whitehaven Beach with more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the world famous white silica sand, a guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout and experience the Southern Whitehaven Lookout, enjoying breathtaking views of Pentecost Island and the tropical waters of the Whitsundays. Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island or one of the “secret” snorkel spots, enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs.

Airlie Beach: Early Morning Tandem Skydive

6. Airlie Beach: Early Morning Tandem Skydive

Skydive Airlie Beach is located in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands, Queensland's most popular tourism spot.  During this tandem skydive you’ll jump from an altitude of up to 15,000 feet directly over crystal-clear waters, the sparkling white sands of Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. Experience the ultimate thrill of freefall at over 220 kilometers per hour for up to a full 60 seconds, and then float under a canopy for 5-7 additional minutes. Marvel at the spectacular views of Airlie Beach, the Whitsundays, the ocean, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Whitehaven Beach: Fly and Cruise Seaplane Package

7. Whitehaven Beach: Fly and Cruise Seaplane Package

Enjoy transport to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a buffet lunch, a snorkeling tour, and a spectacular seaplane flight over Hill Inlet to the Great Barrier Reef on this fly and cruise seaplane package. After pickup, depart to the Port of Airlie to cruise directly to the famous Whitehaven Beach. The 50 seat fast-cat was purpose-built for the Whitsundays and offers a safe and comfortable ride to Whitehaven Beach. During your time at Whitehaven, get access to all activities and facilities of the Beach Club. Enjoy a buffet lunch on the beach as well as a snorkeling tour of the nearby fringe coral reefs. Board the seaplane at Whitehaven for the highlight of the day: a scenic 40-minute flight that takes you to the Great Barrier Reef. Buckle up and enjoy aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands and Hill Inlet with its swirling white sands. Fly out to the Great Barrier Reef to see the iconic Heart Reef.

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour with Whitehaven Landing

8. 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.

Whitehaven Beach: 2-Day Flight and Cruise Tour with Lunch

9. Whitehaven Beach: 2-Day Flight and Cruise Tour with Lunch

This 2-day tour combines a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef with a day tour to Whitehaven Beach for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a buffet lunch and access to a variety of beach activities. Your day at Whitehaven Beach commences with a bus transfer from your local accommodation and a direct cruise from the Port of Airlie on a fast, stable, and modern custom-built catamaran. On arrival to Whitehaven, get access to Whitehaven Beach Club with up to 5 hours of beach time. A buffet lunch will be served on the beach and there will be plenty of free time to explore this pristine part of the world. Choose to take a self-guided walk to South Whitehaven Lookout to enjoy magical views of the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy the flexibility to create your own Whitsundays adventure by choosing up to 2 optional extras: a snorkeling tour or Hill Inlet hike. Later, buckle up for a scenic flight that includes in-flight commentary and a guaranteed window seat that showcases the iconic sights of the Whitsunday Islands with spectacular aerial views of the swirling sands of Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, and the famous Heart Reef.

Whitehaven Beach: Skydive up to 15,000 Ft

10. Whitehaven Beach: Skydive up to 15,000 Ft

Jump from the incredible altitude of up to 15,000 ft with views over the crystal-clear waters of the world-famous Whitsunday Islands on this skydiving experience over Whitehaven Beach. Heading to Whitehaven from Airlie Beach, prepare to experience the ultimate thrill of free-fall at over 220 km/hr for up to an insane 60 seconds, then float under a canopy for 5-7 minutes, soaking up breathtaking views. The Whitehaven Beach drop zone is in the heart of Queensland's most popular tourism spot, the Whitsunday Islands. Arguably one of the most beautiful drop zones in the country, skydiving over Whitehaven Beach is a must-do.

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What people are saying about Whitsunday Islands

Incredible experience! Starting with the scenic flight was amazing - the pilot (chill guy with long hair) was very professional and friendly. Did a great job getting us good views of the reefs and Whitehaven. Also very knowledgeable. The transition to the rafting was seamless, and it was good that they allowed us to order breakfast before the flight. The rafting excursion was awesome. Taylor and Kevin were great guides (Thunderstruck!!). Awesome playlist of all the hits and Taylor was a great skipper driving out to the reef. Both were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable - many cool facts and answered all our questions. Small reef shark, turtle, rays all spotted during the excursion. Would definitely book again!

Great day out on the water. Unfortunately, the weather was windy & raining for the whole day so didn’t get to enjoy the sunshine but didn’t stop the fun. Our guides were experienced and a ball of jokes! You’ll start off on a raft ride to then go check out the lookout first, which on a rainy day you couldn’t see a lot but still beautiful, then head to Whitehaven beach for lunch & a swim/walk whatever you like. We chose the northern trip so we then went to the two snorkel spots and they were awesome!! Lots and lots of fish and colourful coral. Very enjoyable!!

Incredible! - if you’re in Airlie for a short time this is a good way to see many attractions all in one day, well worth the price in my opinion. For ocean rafting We had James and Maddie on the thunder-struck they were amazing tour guide hosts! really genuine people, funny and made the experience that much better. I would recommend this 10292773 times. We will book again when we’re back. Thank you guys for the amazing day! You guys really made our trip enjoyable. - Palace & Josh

It was great! Loved our pilot. She was amazing and gave us lot of insight

The scenic flight was just amazing and the crew as well Loved it