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“dissapointing day at dead reef”
Review of Whitehaven Xpress

Whitehaven Xpress
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Whitehaven Beach: Barbecue, Hill Inlet Lookout Bushwalk, Snorkeling
Ranked #6 of 83 Tours in Airlie Beach
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Owner description: Whitehaven Beach day tour from Airlie Beach with Whitehaven Xpress. A family operated full day trip with snorkeling, swimming, bush-walking and a Whitehaven Beach BBQ. Whitehaven Xpress offers a full day tour from Airlie Beach, including a Hill Inlet lookout walk, Snorkel or Glass bottom boat viewing and 2 hours on the Whitehaven Beach. Whilst spending the most amount of time on the actual Whitehaven Beach, we provide you with a fabulous Aussie beach BBQ including steak, sausages, chilli burgers, salads and tropical fruits. (Vegetarians are catered for on request) The BBQ is prepared for your enjoyment under the shade of the trees while utilising the National Parks picnic tables. On our homeward journey a platter of cheese and biscuits is served. Departs daily at 9 am from Abell Point Marina and returns approx. 5pm with courtesy van pickup. The daytrip is family operated with Terry, Jill, Captain Dan, and Captain Shane providing a unique personal service.
Reviewed February 20, 2013

10 year after our first visit back to, what we remembered as a great trip. Then 20 people at the most on a beach, now up to 400 from 10 boats. Whitehaven xpress dos not have enough gear for everyone (no seize 45/ 11 flippers). The reef where they take you lost all coulor, It died long time ago. Only one free drink, coffee or tea in the morning, rest expensive, bottle of water 2.5 dollar. Poor lunch. Crew is busy whole day telling you how great the trip is. Stay way from this company.

5  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Had wanted to visit as much of the beautiful Whitsundays but only had a day to do it. Had researched the 'Camira one day sailing adventure' but on arrival discovered it was out of action but we were reccomended the Whitehaven express as a more than adequate alternative . We were not disappointed. We were picked up promptly at 8am at our accomodation and were taken to the marina within 15 mins to our awaiting boat. The staff were very friendly and very very enthusiastic. Go with the keen exciting mood because it is very genuine(i was a bit stand-offish myself at first). With no time wasted and with lots of humour the close knit staff run through what we will be doing and the various safety aspects of the trip. Before long we are arrive at Mantaray bay for snorkelling. I found this experience better than a previous trip out to a pontoon further up the reef. There were lots of fish and the reef was more colourful. We had plenty of time here before getting back on the boat and a short trip onto the island where we were guided on a short bush walk to a vantage point that gave truly spectacular views of whitehaven beach and other even better sights believe it or not! After that it was on to whitehaven beach itself which was beautiful. Lunch was cooked for us as a bbq. It was tasty and the honesty bar had a few beers etc for us to help ourselves too. There was adequate free time on whitehaven before cruising home around the various islands & wildlife. Staff were always keen to point something out or tell you something interesting. Would highly recommend this tour if you want to do alot in one day. Brilliant!

Thank Martin B
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

The crew was extremely friendly and very entertaining. Their local knowledge amazing. Being the ONLY tour that can BBQ & serve alcohol on white haven was an added bonus. Truly a great time to be had.
Also a special thanks to the staff that pick you up and drive you home.

Thank Brad_Schofield
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

Originally we had been booked on a different boat that had cancelled. My friend and I had so much fun on this tour which was smaller and more intimate than the former. The guys were a lot of fun and had great senses of humour. They worked really hard to make sure all the guests were having fun. It was $8 to rent stinger suits which were necessary for snorkeling and swimming. We spent the afternoon snorkeling at a reef, going to a lookout, followed by 2 hours at Whitehaven Beach and an excellent BBQ. Transportation to and from our accommodations was also provided. I highly recommend this cruise for anyone wanting a fabulous day out on a boat!

Thank taiwantraveller
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

It was an amazing excursion, with a nice barbecue lunch.The team was friendly and helpful until the end when they turned around for asking tipps.If you do not give them any, they wont sake your hand and say goodbye when you leave the boat, so you are not existing anymore even if you have paid your expensive excursion.
What a pitty!

Thank szire85
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