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  • Address: Heart Reef, Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
Just offshore from the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays lay sections of the world's largest barrier reef. The portion of the Great Barrier Reef called Hardy Reef is perhaps the most popular spot for tourists thanks to the postcard-ready Heart Reef, which is, as you may have guessed, the shape of a heart.

Surrounded by perfect blue waters, not only has Heart Reef been formed into a perfect Valentine's shape, but it's even a romantic pink color. The incredible collection of coral was first discovered by an Air Whitsunday pilot and has since become one of the top sights for people doing flightseeing tours over the reefs. Moreover, it has become a popular, if not cliché, destination for both honeymoons and proposals. The grandeur of Heart Reef is only truly visible from the air, of course. At an area of nearly 30 meters wide and 30 more tall, at water level it simply looks like any other reef in the Whitsunday area.

Practical Info

To see Heart Reef you'll need to take to the air. Flightseeing tours are organized from Airlie Beach and will take you over a number of reefs and islands, plus Heart Reef.

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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, null
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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

This signature scenic flight includes an amazing view of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Included is the iconic Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $177.21
Whitsundays Seaplane Tours, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Air Tours
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Take in remarkable views of the Whitsunday Islands on a scenic flight by seaplane. Choose from five flight options to fly over this stunning part of the Great ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $228.28
Whitsundays Seaplane Half Day Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, ... 
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Whitsundays Seaplane Half Day Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

Our signature tour combines the Reef Adventure, Whitehaven Experience and Reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight into one half day tour. There are several reasons ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $502.99
Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the ... 
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight from Cairns Including Green Island, Oyster Reef, and Heart in the Reef

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Enjoy a 45-minute scenic flight from Cairns to see the natural sights of the Great Barrier Reef from above, including Green Island, Arlington Reef, Heart in ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $201.20

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