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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

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Gunyarra, Australia
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icon1 minute to 4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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icon1 minute to 4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Be amazed by Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on a seaplane tour that provides stunning panoramic aerial views. When booking, select one of five options that take you either over this picturesque section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Australia's number one famous beach—Whitehaven Beach. Depending on what tour you choose, sip a glass of sparkling wine on the striking white sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride and snorkeling at your very own private lagoon at Hardy Lagoon, see the Heart Reef from the air, or all three!
  • Scenic flight by seaplane over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach
  • See Heart Reef from the air, a natural phenomenon discovered in 1975
  • Learn about the sights and the area’s history from your pilot's informative commentary
  • Choose from five flight options to suit your schedule and taste
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Scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef (duration varies depending on selected flight)
Visit to Whitehaven Becah (if option selected)
Live commentary on board
Use of snorkel equipment (if option selected)
Glass-bottom boat tour (if option selected)
Light refreshments (if option selected)
Beach umbrellas (if applicable to selected option)
Stinger suit and wet suit (if applicable to selected option)
Round-trip transfers from Airlie Beach area
Prescription masks
Lunch
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Air Whitsunday Seaplanes , Main Terminal, Whitsunday Coast Airport, Lascelles Ave, Gunyarra QLD 4800, Australia
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
4/1/2021 - 3/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 07:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.We offer complimentary transfers to guests staying near Airlie Beach area
When booking this Great Barrier Reef aerial adventure, you have five tour options to choose from, all of which depart by seaplane from the Whitsundays Airport.

Panorama Tour: 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 and relax on this 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.

Reef Adventure Tour: On board the seaplane, soar over to Hardy Lagoon, taking in a view of Heart Reef during the scenic 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 also have a chance to snorkel; 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: Fly by seaplane to Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunningly white silica sand. During your flight, listen to your pilot’s narration while soaring over the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. After a smooth landing, you have free time 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: 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. This tour includes Touch-and-go water landing at the Great Barrier Reef (subject to weather conditions). 

Reef and Whitehaven Discovery: From your seaplane take in the aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Lagoon and of course Heart Reef. Visit Whitehaven Beach in style, landing gracefully at an area of the beach with few or no other visitors. Stop at Whitehaven Beach where you are free to relax, sunbathe, swim and explore this remarkable pure silica beach.
Itinerary
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Air Whitsunday Seaplanes
What To Expect When booking this Great Barrier Reef aerial adventure, you have five 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 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. 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,. 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, known for its stunningly white silica sand. During your 15 minute flight to Whitehaven Beach listen to your pilot’s narration while soaring over the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. After a smooth landing, you have one hour and half 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. This tour includes a Touch-and-go water landing at the Great Barrier Reef (subject to weather conditions). Reef and Whitehaven Discovery 2.5 hours total duration; 1 hour flying time From your seaplane take in the aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Lagoon and of course Heart Reef. Visit Whitehaven Beach in style, landing gracefully at an area of the beach with few or no other visitors. You'll have an hour on Whitehaven Beach where you are free to relax, sunbathe, swim and explore this remarkable pure silica beach.
Stop At:  
Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach is included when you select the following Tours - Panorama Tour: Marvel at the aquamarine water and enjoy the pristine sands with a glass of sparkling wine for an hour of relaxation. Whitehaven Experience: Enjoy one and a half hours at the beach known for its stunningly white silica sand. You will have time to explore, swim and enjoy light snacks which are provided with a glass of sparkling wine, water or juice. Reef and Whitehaven Flight: Enjoy viewing the incredible Whitehaven beach from the skies on this tour, where you will have the best Arial view of the bright white and crystal clear waters below (please note this tour does not land on Whitehaven Beach) Reef and Whitehaven Discovery: Arrive in Style onto Whitehaven Beach in an area where few travellers visit. You will have one hour to enjoy the remarkable beach.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Heart Reef
Marvel at Heart Reef which is included on all Air Whitsundays seaplane flights over Heart Reef, a heart-shaped coral reef that can only be appreciated from the air!
Pass By:  
Hill Inlet
From your seaplane take in the aerial views of Hill Inlet when you choose either the Whitehaven Experience or the Reef and Whitehaven Discovery Tours
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 60 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Maximum weight per person is 253lbs (115kg)
  • Please bring swimwear, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera and light jacket for cooler months between May-August
  • Please note: If you are staying on Hamilton Island, you must take a ferry to/from Hamilton Island to the mainland of Airlie Beach. Departure time of your seaplane tour varies daily due to tidal patterns. Not all ferry services will match up with your departure time. Please check ferry timetable to ensure you will arrive in time for your seaplane tour. No refunds available if you miss your departure time.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Air Whitsunday Seaplanes
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Good trip but limited views. Possiblly...
Martyn K
, Feb 2018
Good trip but limited views. Possiblly better in a helicopter.
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Amazing flight with fantastic views...
Cheryl_M
, Mar 2017
Amazing flight with fantastic views. The only niggle was that it was very difficult to understand what the pilot was saying.
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Perfect arrangement and very careful...
Samuel T
, Jan 2017
Perfect arrangement and very careful customer care who ensure us seeing the Heart Reef with very nice weather. Also the Whiteheaven Beach tour is perfectly surprisingly beautiful and enjoy!
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I left a review on Trip Advisor...
Clarisse_L
, Sep 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 !
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We enjoyed every aspect of this tour...
Brian C
, Aug 2016
We enjoyed every aspect of this tour - would thoroughly recommend
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It was a wonderful experience. Due...
Yunping_X
, Jun 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.
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Wonderful experience. Will do this once...
Maria C Danell D
, Mar 2016
Wonderful experience. Will do this once more and recommend to anybody. Thank you :
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I was with the helicopter journey...
jian g
, Dec 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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WOW an awesome day, amazing views...
Jennifer S
, Nov 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.
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The tour was brilliant...
Katherine D
, 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!
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Fantastic. Good organisation...
Tatiana K
, Mar 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.
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It was just an amazing and exclusive...
Kerstin B
, Nov 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.
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Brilliant - best thing we did in Oz...
Ronald G
, Aug 2014
Brilliant - best thing we did in Oz! Do not miss this trip! Pilot was really friendly and competent and gave us enough info about what we were seeing on the trip without swamping us.
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Trop court !
Caroline_V
, Mar 2019
Belle excursion ! Départ d’un petit aéroport sympa en hydravion. Heureusement que nous avions prévus des masques, ne prêtent que les combinaisons. Beaux poissons à voir. Excursion trop courte !
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Sehr schöner Rundflug! Landung am...
Dirk_G
, Jan 2017
Sehr schöner Rundflug! Landung am Whitehaven Beach für eine halbe Stunde. Gab ein Glas Sekt! Sehr nett. Allerdings ist eine halbe Stunde nur begrenzt sinnvoll. Was soll man in einer halben Stunde machen? Reicht nicht für einen Spaziergang und zum Schwimmen umziehen, abtrocknen auch zu wenig. Dennoch ein sehr schöner Ausflug.
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