Whitsunday Islands
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Our most recommended Whitsunday Islands Day Trips

  • Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

    1. 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!

  • From Airlie Beach: 1-Hour Whitsunday Islands Scenic Flight

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

    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 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. Then, return to the mainland and land at Proserpine Airport, where a complimentary shuttle bus transfer can take you back to Airlie Beach.

    It was the best experience ever! The pilot was great, the weather was great and most of all the view from above was beyond amazing!

  • Airlie Beach: Whitsundays and Whitehaven Half-Day Cruise

    3. 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.

    Prepare to be dazzled by th...

    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

    4. 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

    5. 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: Full-Day Sail to Whitehaven and Snorkeling

    6. 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!

  • From Airlie Beach: Twin Island Day Trip

    7. 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.

  • Airlie Beach: 30-Minute Jet Boat Ride

    8. Airlie Beach: 30-Minute Jet Boat Ride

    Blast your way through the bay on an exhilarating 30-minute jet boat experience. Whiz past the glitzy Coral Sea Marina, and get your adrenaline pumping through 360s, 180s, drift, power stops, and nosedives. With bucket loads of the best jet boating has to offer, each tour is crammed with enough action to really make your day and your stay. As you zoom around the stunning blue waters of Pioneer Bay, soak up magnificent views of the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. Everything you need is provided, including a lockbox/small luggage storage, spray goggles, spray jackets (upon request), funny and informative commentary, and free GoPro photos to remember the experience.

    was heaps of fun! you get copies of the go pro photos but I would still recommend taking your own water proof camera out with you if you feel comfortable holding it. you could get amazing pictures or the water as the go pro photos taken are of you on the boat. highly recommend

  • From Airlie Beach: Two-Island Safari

    9. 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). Afterwards, take home loads of memories with the photos of your adventure shared with you for free on Facebook.

    Was a brilliant time, great staff (Will took us out), great location. They walked us through everything and always made sure we were comfortable and safe, I would recommend this to anyone who makes the trip to Airlie Beach, once again cheers Will

  • From Airlie: Whitsundays Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

    10. From Airlie: Whitsundays Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

    Discover the Whitsunday Islands National Park and beautiful Whitehaven Beach on this 10-hour cruise. Sit onboard the spacious deck in the sun and enjoy refreshments and morning tea.

    Upon arriving at the famous Whitehaven Beach, you'll see the Hill Inlet lookout, one of the most photographed locations in Australia. Enjoy a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people.

    Your guide will lead you right to the lookout and that picture postcard view. Learn about the history and flora from the informative displays along the way that provide an insight into this picturesque area.

    Spend the rest of your day relaxing on Whitehaven Beach and playing beach games. Tuck into a delicious gourmet lunch. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments served throughout the da...

    It was beautiful , great boat, great crew. But I was hopping to spend the day in Whitehaven beach

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What people are saying about Whitsunday Islands

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 432 reviews

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!!

Awesome experience, trip delivered what was expected. Pilot was excellent. Whitehaven Beach is spectacular, spending time there was magical. Definitely recommend this to everyone an experience of a lifetime.

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.

It was the best experience ever! The pilot was great, the weather was great and most of all the view from above was beyond amazing!

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