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Be amazed by Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on a seaplane tour that provides fabulous aerial views. When booking, select one of four options that take you over this picturesque section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Depending on what tour you choose, you’ll sip a glass of bubbly on the striking white sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride and snorkeling on Hardy Lagoon, see the Heart Reef from the air, or all three!  

Highlights

  • Scenic flight by seaplane over the Great Barrier Reef to Whitehaven Beach or Hardy Lagoon, among other options
  • See Heart Reef from the air, a natural phenomenon discovered in the 1970s
  • See coral reefs up close on a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Experience the coral reef up close on a glass-bottom boat tour
  • Enjoy two hours in paradise on world-famous Whitehaven Beach
  • Learn about the sights from your pilot's informative commentary
  • Choose from four flight options to suit your schedule and taste

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What You Can Expect

Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Whitehaven Beach and Hardy Lagoon

Whitehaven Beach

When booking this Great Barrier Reef aerial adventure, you have four tour options to choose from, all of which depart by seaplane from the Whitsundays Airport.

Panorama Tour:
4.5 hours total duration; 1.5 hours of flying time
The most comprehensive of all four tours, this half-day experience starts with a seaplane flight over Heart Reef, a heart-shaped coral reef that can only be appreciated from the air, before landing at Hardy Lagoon, where can go snorkeling and enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour. Then head to Whitehaven Beach for an hour of relaxation on this idyllic stretch of bright white sand. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine while you marvel at the aquamarine water, and stay hydrated with water, fruit juice and light snacks. When you’re in the air, listen to commentary from your expert pilot.  

Reef Adventure Tour:
3 hours total duration; 1 hour of flying time
On board the seaplane, soar over to Hardy Lagoon, taking in a view of Heart Reef during the 30-minute flight, and then land on the water for your glass-bottom boat tour, which takes place on the only vessel permitted to operate in this sheltered lagoon. With its underwater viewing chamber and snorkeling platform, the boat offers up-close looks at the marine life and reef in the calm water. You have one hour on the boat and another hour of snorkeling time; if you don’t want to get in the water, you may stay on the boat, relaxing on the sun or shade decks. Flotation devices, snorkel gear and instruction are provided, as are fruit juice, Australian sparkling wine, water and light snacks.

Whitehaven Experience:
2.5 hours total duration; 30 minutes of flying time
Fly by seaplane to Whitehaven Beach, one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, known for its stunningly white silica sand. During your 15-minute flight, listen to your pilot’s narration while soaring over the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. After a smooth landing, you have two hours on the beach to relax in the sunshine and go swimming. Sparkling wine, water, fruit juice and light snacks are provided, as are beach umbrellas so you can stay protected from the sun.

Reef and Whitehaven Flight:
1 hour total
Take off in your seaplane for a scenic flight over the Whitsundays, gazing down in awe at Heart Reef, lush isles and white-sand beaches that dot the sparkling blue Pacific. Fly over Whitehaven Beach for an aerial view of its bright white sand, and listen to narration from your pilot about the islands. This tour does not include any landings.

Customer Reviews

Clalrbc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I left a review on Trip Advisor already but had such a good day I will copy it for the persons interested in booking this tour :

First of all, I have to say the team at Air Whitsunday is great. Our first tour got cancelled because of the wind and they have been so helpful and understanding to reschedule it.
Then the tour itself is amazing ! I chose the Panorama tour as a suprise for my partner and we were both speechless to see the great barrier and the heart reef from above.The weather was not great in Airlie but once in the sky it doesn't matter as the reef colors are so magical anyways ! Snorkelling for an hour allowed us to see so many different kind of fish as well as big shells and then having a lunch break on the beautiful Whitehaven beach was great. Even just landing/taking off in/from the water is a great experience !
The plane has 8 seats and we were lucky enough to have a lovely family with us.
My partner and I really had the best time and I think it is the perfect tour if you're spending a very short time in Queensland too because you get to see so much in only 4 hours and a half ! Thank you guys for these memories we will never forget !

Brian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We enjoyed every aspect of this tour - would thoroughly recommend

Sarah Cui United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a wonderful experience. Due to the windy conditions, seaplane could not able to land on the water Air Whitsunday downgraded the tour to Reef and Whitehaven Flight plus Whitehaven Beach. Pilot was very friendly, and Whitehaven Beach is stunning. I will do this once more if I get the chance and recommend this tour to anybody.

Maria C Danell D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful experience. Will do this once more and recommend to anybody. Thank you :

Jennifer S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

WOW an awesome day, amazing views over the reef an Whitehaven. Snorkelling in Hardy's Lagoon in a small group of 10 magnificent memories.

Katherine D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was brilliant. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions we weren't able to do the snorkelling part but they down graded the tour and refunded the difference. Best experience of our lives without a doubt!

Tatiana K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Fantastic. Good organisation, friendly pilot (actually did a little extratour on the glasbottom boat with us while the others were snorkeling), vintage plane, excellent value for money. One of the best days in our four week trip.

Kerstin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was just an amazing and exclusive experience to fly with the seaplane over Whitesundaysnd finally land next to this beautiful beach. On the Beach the snack boxes and the sparkling wine just added an other layer of luxery. For us it was the best Tour here in Australia.

Leila F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Excellent !

jian g

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2015

I was with the helicopter journey, but I do know whose fault it is that I was not able to see the heart shaped reef
Besides the other pilot on the gound was very rude, he forced me to change my seat twice.

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