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Fly and Raft

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Airlie Beach

Scenic Flight and Boat Snorkel Tour Combo
  • 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef
  • Choose from 2 exclusive ocean rafting snorkel tours - one with more snorkel time, one with more beach time
  • The only tour to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven
  • Fastest boats in the Whitsundays - meaning you get more time to explore, snorkel and swim
  • Free snorkel instruction, snorkelling equipment and flotation devices
  • Multi award-winning tour

Experience the best views of the Great Barrier Reef above and below the water on this ultimate Whitsunday Islands scenic flight and high speed boat snorkel tour. Our tour includes a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef and famous Heart Reef, and an exhilarating boat ride to Whitehaven Beach.

Whitsundays scenic flight

Departing from Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays we get ready for the most amazing 60-minute scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef!

Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Whitsunday’s 74 islands, fly over the stunning turquoise waters and swirling sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations in Australia, Heart Reef.

  • The comfortable fixed wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary and the best views of the Whitsundays.
  • Keep your camera ready as this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture the stunning Great Barrier Reef in all her glory, from above.

High Speed Ocean rafting snorkel tour and Whitehaven Beach adventure

Travel to iconic Whitsunday Islands destinations, including Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and island snorkel destinations - in one day - on one of the fastest boats in the Whitsundays with a maximum of 32 passengers.

Our custom-built, super-fast 12-metre semi rigid inflatable vessels offer an exhilarating ride, travelling at speeds of up to 35 knots (65 km/hour).

Your Skipper and Eco Host will provide some fascinating Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Island facts along the way.

You can choose between two ocean rafting snorkel tours: the Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure (Northern Exposure) tour which offers more snorkelling, and the Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach Adventure (Southern Lights) tour which offers more beach time.

Both tours offer you the opportunity to:

  • snorkel pristine Whitsunday Island coral reefs
  • swim, relax or explore exclusive areas of  iconic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • take a scenic guided national park walk to Hill Inlet Lookout.

Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure (Northern Exposure)

Choose the Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure tour if you would like your tour to have more snorkelling time.

  • Enjoy two special Whitsundays snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island.
  • Visit the northern end of beautiful Whitehaven beach where the swirling sands of Hill Inlet are located.
  • Take a guided national park walk to Hill Inlet Lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven.

Whitsundays Whitehaven Beach Adventure (Southern Lights)

Choose this tour if you’re wanting more relaxing time on Whitehaven Beach.

At the end of the day, you’ll enjoy more heart-pumping fun as the boats speed back to Abell Marina, Airlie Beach, often racing each other on the way.

Fly and Raft

Departing daily at 7.00am (Northern Exposure) and 8.30am (Southern Lights) from Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach, this Whitsunday Islands scenic flight and high speed ocean rafting snorkel tour package offers the best of the Whitsundays from above, on and below the water!

Soar above the Great Barrier Reef on a breath-taking 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday islands and famous Heart Reef, then take the ride of your life to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and pristine snorkelling reefs, on your choice of two ocean rafting snorkel tours.

  • The Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure (Northern Exposure): departs early and offers more snorkelling time, including two special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island.
  • The Whitehaven Beach Adventure (Southern Lights): offers more time on Whitehaven Beach’s famous 7km stretch of white silica sand.

Features:

  • 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef
  • Ocean rafting adventure to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet - choose from 2 ocean rafting snorkel tours
  • Enjoy exclusive direct access to stunning Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Personal snorkel instruction, snorkelling equipment and floatation devices provided
  • Swim in the turquoise waters or laze on the white silica sand at Whitehaven Beach
  • Take a guided national park walk to iconic Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Listen to reef and island naturalist talks offered by your Skipper and Eco Host
  • Enjoy a delicious tropical lunch served on beautiful Whitehaven Beach
  • Courtesy pick-up/drop-offs and yummy cake for afternoon tea are included.

What to bring:

  • Swimmers
  • A beach bag with a towel, hat and shoes
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates for sale onboard
  • Everything you need for the day as you will not return to your accommodation between tour

Sample menu

Tropical buffet Lunch:

  • Selection of large and small rolls as well as wraps
  • Platter of ham and Hungarian sliced salami
  • Sliced chicken breast with ranch dressing
  • Pacific seafood salad - barramundi cubes, slivers of crab, baby prawns, sliced seeded cucumber and celery. Marinated in coconut cream with lime and chilli dressing, garnished with smoked salmon
  • Sour cream potato salad
  • Asian noodle salad
  • Sweet and sour pasta
  • Green tossed salad
  • Gluten free tabouli salad - chickpeas, chopped parsley, tomato and onion with lemon, mint flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Condiments - 1000 Island Dressing, yoghurt garlic and mint dressing, margarine and sweet chilli sauce
  • Cheese selection
  • Selection of fruit - pineapple, watermelon, orange and rockmelon.
     

Note: Lunch menu subject to change. Most dietary requirements and food allergies can be catered for if advised upon booking or when re-confirming your tour. Please enquire upon booking if unsure.

Sample Itinerary: Option 1

Timings will be confirmed upon booking. Please note this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change. 

Option One : Whitsundays Scenic Flight & Ocean Rafting Snorkel Tour (Northern Exposure)

Departing : Daily at 7.00am
Returning : Daily at 3.30pm

Courtesy pick-ups: included for guests from local accommodations. 

6.00am: Check-in

Check-in at 6.00am at Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar). 

7.00am: Whitsundays scenic flight

Depart Airlie Beach at 7.00am for a 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsundays. You’ll fly over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and over famous Heart Reef.

8.00am: Back to the Marina

Back to Airlie Beach. Get ready for an exhilarating afternoon ocean rafting snorkel adventure.

8.45am: Ocean rafting snorkel adventure

We depart Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach and head to two exclusive locations off Hook Island where you can snorkel the pristine reefs, explore the colourful corals and discover an array of unique marine life. Personal snorkelling lessons are also included. 

After our amazing snorkelling adventure, we head to iconic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet in the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy exclusive access to Hill Inlet beaches where you can swim in the clear blue ocean, laze on the silica white sand and enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on the beach.

After lunch, take a guided national park walk to Hill Inlet Lookout where you’ll encounter stunning views of the swirling sands below.

Mid-afternoon: Time to head home

There’s more fun to be had as we make our way back to Airlie Beach! Indulge your sweet tooth with some cake for afternoon tea and enjoy adrenaline-fuelled fun as the boats speed back to Abell Marina, Airlie Beach often racing each other on the way.

3.30pm: Arrive Airlie Beach

Arrive back at Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach.

Sample Itinerary: Option 2

OPTION TWO: Scenic Flight and Whitehaven Beach Adventure (Southern Lights)

Departing : Daily at 8.15am
Returning : Daily at 4.30pm

Courtesy pick-ups: included for guests from local accommodations. 

7.15am: Check-in

Check-in at 7.15am at Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar). 

8.15am: Whitsundays scenic flight

Depart Airlie Beach at 8.15am for a 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsundays. You’ll fly over Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and over famous Heart Reef.

9.15am: Back to the Marina

Back to Airlie Beach. Get ready for an exhilarating afternoon ocean rafting beach and snorkel adventure.

10.00am: We’re on our way

Depart the marina at 10.00am on our super-fast semi-rigid inflatable vessel and enjoy a fun, high-speed ride amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays.

We visit both ends of beautiful Whitehaven Beach, enjoying approximately two hours relaxing at the southern end of the 7km stretch of famous white silica sand. Explore the beach, swim in the turquoise ocean or sunbathe on the soft silica sand - the choice is yours.

Enjoy exclusive access to all areas of Hill Inlet where you can enjoy a delicious tropical lunch on the beach.  

After lunch, take a guided national park walk to Hill Inlet Lookout where you’ll encounter stunning views of the swirling sands below.

Snorkel for over an hour at the stunning fringing reefs at Border Island, Dumbell Island or one of our “secret” snorkel spots. As you explore the colourful corals you’ll encounter an array of unique marine life, including:

  • turtles
  • dolphins
  • an array of colourful tropical fish
  • giant clams

Personal snorkelling lessons, snorkelling equipment and floatation devices are included. 

Afternoon: It’s time to head home

There’s more fun to be had as we make our way back to Airlie Beach! Indulge your sweet tooth with some cake for afternoon tea and enjoy adrenaline-fuelled fun as the boats speed back to Abell Marina, Airlie Beach often racing each other on the way.

4.30pm: Return to Airlie Beach

Arrive back at Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach at 4.30pm.

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Included In Price

  • 60-minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef
  • Pilot commentary - scenic flight
  • High Speed Ocean rafting tour to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Guided National Park walks
  • Inner fringing coral reef snorkelling
  • Tropical buffet lunch on Whitehaven Beach
  • Refreshments
  • Personalised snorkel instruction
  • Use of snorkel equipment and flotation devices
  • Sunsuit/wetsuit
  • Reef and island naturalist talks
  • Courtesy transfers
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Airlie Beach

Departure Time
  • Scenic flight departs Airlie Beach:
  • 7.00am (Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure - Northern Exposure) or
  • 8.15am (Whitehaven Beach Adventure - Southern Lights)
  • Scenic flight returns Airlie Beach:
  • 8.00am (Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure - Northern Exposure) or
  • 9.15am (Whitehaven Beach Adventure - Southern Lights)
  • Ocean Rafting departs Airlie Beach:
  • 8.45am (Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure Northern Exposure) or
  • 10.00am (Whitehaven Beach Adventure Southern Lights)
  • Ocean Rafting returns Airlie Beach:
  • 3.30pm (Whitsundays Snorkel Adventure - Northern Exposure) or
  • 4.30pm (Whitehaven Beach Adventure - Southern Lights)
Departure Instructions

Tours depart daily from Abell Point Marina North, Airlie Beach (next to Sorrento Restaurant & Bar)

Pickup Locations

Airlie Beach

  • Courtesy coach pick-ups/drop-offs are available from mainland accommodation
Destinations
  • Shute Harbour
  • Whitsunday Island
  • Hill Inlet
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hook Island
  • Heart Reef
Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation

Daily

Duration

Full day (1-hour flight, 6 ½ hours ocean rafting adventure)

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Prescription Mask Hire - $15
  • Water
  • Soft Drinks/Juice
  • Beer/Cider
  • Chocolate
Fitness Level Required

Medium

Restrictions

Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb

Additional Information
  • Minimum numbers of four passengers for flights/flight packages apply.
  • Flights are subject to pilot discretion, weather and air traffic control.
  • For legal and safety reasons, all passengers are weighed prior to boarding. Individual weights in excess of 110kg will incur an extra seat surcharge.
  • Maximum per seat weight is 130 kgs.
  • Full names and exact weights per passenger must be advised when booking due to flight weight availability.
  • We recommend you take out travel insurance. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our clients, we cannot be held responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of the clients which are beyond our control. A signed release will be required from all participants on departure.
  • Sites are weather and tide permitting.
  • The operator reserves the right to charge its customers a fuel levy if fuel is over $1.50 per litre and the right to arrange alternative itinerary when necessary.
  • The operator may use photographs of our clients in promotional material, including but not limited to social media, however if you do not consent please advise operator.
Eco Certifications
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
  • Swimmers
  • A beach bag with a towel, hat and shoes.
  • A jacket during winter to protect you from wind and for warmth after snorkelling.
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras in a waterproof case or Tupperware.
  • Cash for water, soft drinks, fruit juices and chocolates for sale on board.
  • Everything you need for the day as you will not return to your accommodation between tours.

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions  for details prior to booking.

 

100% cancellation fee applies for cancellations after midday the day prior.

Whitsundays Scenic Flight, Whitehaven Beach and Snorkel Package

Departing: Airlie Beach

Pickup: Airlie Beach

Scenic Flight and Boat Snorkel Tour Combo

From

au$399.00

Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$349.00
Family: au$1,496.00

Tour Code: 697

From

au$399.00

15 yrs & over

2 - 14 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia
Phone
1300 231 118
WhatsApp
+61 427 074 745
WeChat
BarrierReefAustralia

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