Whitsunday Islands Water sports

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Queensland: Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach Sail & Snorkel

1. Queensland: Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach Sail & Snorkel

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 bar.

From Airlie Beach: Two-Island Safari

2. From Airlie Beach: Two-Island Safari

Hop on a free shuttle bus in the Airlie Beach area and head out on a guided jet ski adventure. Explore the area around the Whitsunday Islands, encountering the diverse native wildlife and enjoying the sun and the sea.  Meet your qualified tour guide and head out on a worry-free jet ski ride where no previous experience or license is necessary. Listen to your guide's informative commentary as you cruise down the scenic waterways around Daydream and South Molle Islands for two hours. Learn about the diverse wildlife native to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Spot sea turtles, dugongs, seabirds, and seasonal humpback whales (July–September). Take home loads of memories with the photos of your adventure shared with you for free on Facebook.

Airlie Beach: Jet Boat Ride and Banana Boat Combo

3. Airlie Beach: Jet Boat Ride and Banana Boat Combo

Enjoy the ultimate adrenaline experience, with this jet boat ride and banana boat trip combo tour. Explore the clear waters of the Whitsunday Islands and the tropical landscapes around Airlie Beach. Meet at the local partner's office to start your trip. Board the jet boat and power away from the Coral Sea Marina, to cruise around the stunning blue waters of Pioneer Bay. Perform turns, drifts, and power stops, while taking in magnificent views of the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. Next up is the banana boat ride – an exhilarating experience around the bays of Airlie Beach onboard a banana boat. Building up speed behind a powerful jet ski, and make sure you're holding on tight. Your tour ends back at the meeting point.

Tongarra: All-Inclusive Day Sail

4. Tongarra: All-Inclusive Day Sail

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a 2-hour sail to the first snorkel location. These reefs are home to some of the most spectacular coral formations and an incredible range of marine life in the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays. The accredited ECO guides will provide in-depth history about the islands and their marine life. Enjoy a delicious lunch break on the deck of Tongarra in the middle of a small tropical oasis — the perfect place to soak up the spectacular views before setting sail again. After lunch, take a short trip to the beautiful Langford Island Sandbar. Snorkel off the beach with the resident turtles, hike the scenic bushwalk or relax on the sands of this idyllic location for the next 2 hours. You will also have access to paddleboards and a banana boat ride. You will then sail back to Coral Sea Marina, returning at 6 PM.

Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

5. Airlie: Adventure Jet Ski Tour From Airlie Beach

Get your adrenaline rushing with a 1.5-hour jet ski adventure from Airlie Beach. Delight in the informative and entertaining commentary provided by your qualified tour guide, and spot sea turtles in the turquoise waters. Depart from Airlie Beach and drive your latest model Sea-Doo jet ski out to view the Whitsunday Islands from the protection of the coastline. Explore Airlie's beautiful bays and the picturesque world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park. Keep your eye out for the area's famous turtles, as well as dugongs, seabirds, and seasonal humpback whales from July to September. Take home memories of your experience with free of charge photos provided on Facebook after your tour. No license is required for this tour, and no experience is necessary.

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What people are saying about Whitsunday Islands

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

An unforgettable experience! They offer a shuttle service that picks you up and drops you off at your accommodation. The boat was smooth the entire time. The staff were lovely and provided muffins & coffee for breakfast and wraps, quiche, and fruit for lunch. The water was so clear and warm. Thankfully the time of year we went we didn’t need stinger suits. Saw so many fish and coral while snorkeling and the time at whitehaven beach was a dream. The entire day was amazing, I would highly recommend!

Best experience ever!! Thanks guys for making it a memorable experience. Jacko is a legend! Made me more confident in picking up the pace lol Felt very safe, and the team are very professional. Will be back for sure

The jet boat and banana boat ride were both fun. Kids loved it and adults too. Lovely staff who were friendly and attentive. Highly recommend, well worth the visit.

Fabulous day out sailing/ motoring on a beautiful yacht. Had great weather. The crew where terrific. Probably not enough time at Whitehaven beach. Great catering.

A sailor who can still really sail and does so, relatively small group, very friendly crew, great scenery - you can't expect more!