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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

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    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.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We visited Airlie Beach for our honeymoon in June 2019. We were beyond excited to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef. Since I experience sea sickness, we decided to book the Panorama Tour. We called on June 22 to confirm our tour. We were advised...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank lindsaykelly13
    AirWhitsunday, Operations Manager at Air Whitsunday Seaplanes, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi lindsaykelly13, We take one star reviews very seriously as we take pride in offering a high standard of customer service. I do apologise again for the inconvenience of this situation and as I spoke with you personally on June 22, I just want to...More

    Reviewed December 28, 2018

    This would seem an expensive adventure but believe me it is well worth it. The memories of that day will last and last. The plane flew low over the reef giving great views, an experience that few experience.Whitehaven Beach is a delight and the swim...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank jeppo212
    Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

    Simply WOW! What an amazing experience, the best way to see the reef. It’s expensive, but worth every penny, you will never forget those stunning views. Pictures speak for themselves.

    Thank whereisnat
    Reviewed September 19, 2018

    Worth the cost. If you are questioning spending the extra money to take the seaplane... do it. We took our 1 year old son and he loved it (slept most of the trip back after playing on the beautiful white sand beaches) The staff were...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    3  Thank jamie b
    Reviewed September 12, 2018

    Thanks so much Air Whitsundays for your outstanding customer service and tour yesterday to Whitehaven Beach. Absolutely Loved it.

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank TinaC3017
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