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“Our Air Whitsunday Panorama tour was flawless”

Air Whitsunday Day Tours
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$234.64*
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours
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$497.12*
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tour - Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach
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Owner description: Air Whitsunday is renowned for their seaplane services that rendezvous with their privately operated glass bottom boat, moored at an exclusive snorkelling location inside the coral suspended lagoon of Hardy Reef. Along with snorkelling tours to this exclusive reef location; they provide private picnics at Whitehaven Beach and the most comprehensive scenic flights on offer in the region - encompassing all the famous Whitsunday sights.
Reviewed October 22, 2012

We are local residents of Airlie Beach and decided to treat ourselves to a 5 star tour of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach.

Everything they promised was delivered efficiently and with style.

Check in was simple in a modern terminal. We took off from Airlie strip at Flametree on time after Drew, our pilot explained our schedule and route and ran through a safety briefing. Our seaplane had 6 passengers and we chose the perfect day for weather - blue skies, light winds and low tide on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).
Drew gave an excellent commentary of local facts, tour highlights and history, centred on the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and the World Heritage Listed GBR and ensured that both sides of the plane had opportunities to photograph the GBR and its highlights of Heart Reef and Reef World.
We landed in the lagoon at Hardy Reef and taxied to the Air Whitsunday "semi-submersible" glass bottom boat which was anchored there for our use. We were the only ones there and watched the fantastic fish life and coral through the glass bottom boat as we travelled to our snorkelling area. Everything was supplied – good quality snorkel, face mask, flippers, floatation noodles and optional stinger suits (which we all wore). This sheltered area had warmer water than the general sea temperature and we spent an hour in the water watching an amazing array of fish, including the fabulous parrot fish, brightly coloured coral and large clams. It even had two moored resting stations.

When we boarded the dive boat again, Drew served us Australian sparkling wine and nibbles and we transferred back onto our Air Whitsunday sea plane for the 20 minute flight over the GBR, various Whitsunday islands and clear blue waters to the stunning Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach on the largest island, Whitsunday Island.

I have previously reviewed Whitehaven but continue to be amazed by its crystal clear water, pure fine white silica sand and array of sea planes, helicopters, deep water cruisers and daily tour boats. Drew's landing was flawless and he taxied us to the beach in shallow water for an hour of swimming, sunbaking and more sparkling wine and nibbles.

We then flew the short hop back to Airlie Beach and landed smoothly on time.

6  Thank croftonMelbourne
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AirWhitsunday, Guest Relations Manager at Air Whitsunday Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Thank you for your glowing review. So nice to hear locals experiencing their own backyard... and in style by seaplane! No doubt you could imagine your pilot Drew is very chuffed by your review.

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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We flew Air Whitaunday twice- once to Whitehaven Beach, which was amazing, and then from Hayman to Hamilton Island. In both cases, the pilot was friendy and professional and we had a great time. I would gladly fly Air Whitsunday any time.

1  Thank Karn J
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AirWhitsunday, Guest Relations Manager at Air Whitsunday Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed both your experiences with Air Whitsunday.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012 via mobile

Chad, our pilot, provided excellent commentary and flew beautifully. The touch and go on the water was a special touch. I highly recommend Air Whitsunday Day Yours.

1  Thank RonnieKa
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AirWhitsunday, Guest Relations Manager at Air Whitsunday Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

HI RonnieKa. Thank you for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed the touch and go seaplane experience. It certainly is an asset that sets us apart from other aviation operators in the region.

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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Chad, our pilot, provided excellent commentary and flew beautifully. The touch and go on the water was a special delight. I highly recommend Air Whitsunday Seaplanes.

1  Thank RonnieKa
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Reviewed September 8, 2012

This is absolutely the best way to experience the Whitsundays. It is only from the air that you can truly appreciate the islands, the grandeur of the Great Barrier Reef and the true beauty of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. After having done other boat based snorkelling trips with groups of 30 or more, we appreciated the small tour group size (between 6-10 people). This meant more time snorkelling and less time waiting for gear, assistance etc. Hardy Reef is fantastic for snorkelling (within a lagoon) with a huge diversity of pristine corals, fish, turtles and clams etc. Our pilot, Dan, did a wonderful job of providing my family with one of our most memorable days ever. Worth every dollar of the fare ... truly!

1  Thank Deb S
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AirWhitsunday, Guest Relations Manager at Air Whitsunday Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Thanks for your review Deb S. You are right about the different experience that is to be had when you are in a small group. Certainly one of our greatest assets!

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