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The Whitsunday Passage is the waterway that carves through the middle of the Whitsunday Islands in the heart of northwestern Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. These famous islands, perhaps some of Australia's most popular tourist attractions, are named after the passage, which was given its title by the famed explorer Captain James Cook in 1770. The area was discovered on Whitsun, a Sunday feast day held seven weeks after Easter, thus resulting in the name. However, since the international dateline has now been established, it is now said that the day Cook discovered this passage would have actually been a Monday.

Within Whitsunday Passage, there are 74 islands in total, with the largest simply known as Whitsunday Island. Most of these islands have remained uninhabited or are, at the very least, protected by a vast system of national parks. The oldest settlement in the Whitsundays is the town of Bowen, settled in 1861. Later, in 1936, the city of Airlie Beach was established and it remains, in many ways, the heart of Whitsunday Passage. Today, the Whitsunday Passage is sailed constantly by tourists on chartered boats and cruises, while including some of the world's most photographed beaches.

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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

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Get close views of the spectacular coral reef and colorful sea creatures at Australia's famous Great Barrier Reef on a full-day journey to Reefworld. The innovative and spacious pontoon provides gear, instruction and expert guides for snorkeling and diving in the tropical waters. Alternatively, observe the reef up-close without getting wet when taking a semi-submersible ride, accompanied by informative commentary by reef experts. This tour gives you the chance to experience this natural wonder and is suitable for all levels of experience.
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  • 10 hours
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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

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Enjoy a full-day tour of the stunning Whitsunday Islands, traveling on a sturdy motorized raft to world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Beach. You get to choose from two tours that offer either more snorkeling or more beach time. Gain exclusive access to secluded spots where you can snorkel around pristine coral reefs, and take a walk with your guide in the national park to a lookout point with spectacular views. Your boat travels quickly across the ocean, giving you more time to enjoy the Whitsundays.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Whitehaven Beach Day Tour with Snorkel in Whitsundays Island
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Whitehaven Beach Day Tour with Snorkel in Whitsundays Island

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Save yourself from spending hours on a schedule for your time in the Whitsundays—doing research, booking tickets, and making it all fit—on this easygoing day tour. Spend the day exploring beaches, reefs and more on a comfortable and powerful tour boat. Go snorkeling around secluded reef location, with tropical fish and even turtles swimming nearby, and take some time to swim and sunbathe on Whitehaven Beach. Afterward, relax at Palm Bay Resort—the only Whitsundays tour allowed to visit this luxury retreat.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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2 Night Small Group Whitsundays Sailing Adventure Aboard Mandrake
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2 Night Small Group Whitsundays Sailing Adventure Aboard Mandrake

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Sail, snorkel, and relax while exploring the Whitsunday Islands’ coral reefs and beaches over two days. Take advantage of a flexible itinerary by heading out to some of the best snorkeling locations and islands depending on weather conditions and your preferences. There’s no need to pack snacks or meals—breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included—or bring snorkeling equipment.
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  • 2 days
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Sunset Sail In The Whitsundays

Sunset Sail In The Whitsundays

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Soak up a spectacular Whitsundays sunset on this leisurely 1.5 hour sailing experience. Sit back and relax as the sun drifts below the horizon on board our purpose-built catamaran. Operating within the sheltered waters surrounding Hamilton Island, this leisurely sail provides the perfect opportunity to unwind and soak up the scenery of this stunning location in style. Your experience includes complimentary drinks, light nibbles and exceptional photo opportunities. Returning to the island after sunset, this trip gets you back in time to enjoy dinner on the island.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Set sail for a day of swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing in the Whitsundays on this full-day tour. Cruise around the islands on a high-speed catamaran and discover the colorful underwater world of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef as you stop at two snorkeling hotspots. Admire dramatic coastal views on a hike to the Hill Inlet Lookout, then tuck into a delicious buffet lunch on-board (included).
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  • 8 hours
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2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise incl. Whitehaven Beach & Great Barrier Reef
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2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise incl. Whitehaven Beach & Great Barrier Reef

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This sailing excursion stands out by offering two days of travel and exploration instead of one. Spend two days exploring the Whitsunday Islands and the fringes of the Great Barrier Reef, stopping at good snorkeling locations along the way. Travel on a large sailboat, sleep below decks on bunks, and take advantage of the provided meals and snorkeling gear.
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  • 2 days
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Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip

Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight and Ocean Rafting Whitehaven Beach Day Trip

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Combine two popular Australia destinations in one day: the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Following a scenic flight by fixed-wing aircraft, embark on an ocean rafting adventure to Whitehaven Beach. The bird’s-eye views, including Heart Reef, are unparalleled. A buffet lunch and snorkeling on the coral reef are included. Opt for more beach time with the Southern Lights tour or extra snorkeling with the Northern Exposure itinerary.
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  • 8 hours
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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night

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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest & most diverse eco system in the world. It is the world’s largest Marine Reserve, about half the size of Texas. The Reef is visible from outer space appearing as a thin white line along the Queensland coast. Within the Reserve are more than 10% of the world's species of marine fish, over four thousand species of hard & soft corals and six of the world’s seven species of turtles. Giant Humpback Whales migrate to its warm crystal clear waterways every year to give birth to their babies John & Lynne Boyce are your key to discovering Australia’s most treasured water wonderland. In recognition of Lynne's expertise The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has granted her the title : Master Reef Guide She has published “Gourmet Sailing..Delicious Dining on the Great Barrier Reef”, a cook book detailing the meals they serve. The duo have been exploring the Reserve for more than 30 years & they look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience
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  • 7 days
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$3,313.48
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Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!

Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!

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Enjoy a 60 minute scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet! See the Whitsundays from above with a stunning Whitsunday 60 minute scenic flight over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, fly over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary and the best views of the Whitsundays! Ocean Rafting’s scenic flights depart from Whitsunday Airport, located at 12 Air Whitsunday Drive, Flame Tree, between the popular tourist destinations of Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands and just 9 minutes drive from the main street of Airlie Beach. Departs daily at 7am, 8.30am, 10.00am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
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  • 1 hour
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4 Day & 3 Night Whitsunday Islands & Outer Reef Sailing Adventure on Condor

4 Day & 3 Night Whitsunday Islands & Outer Reef Sailing Adventure on Condor

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- Experience real adventure sailing! - Spend a WHOLE DAY at Whitehaven Beach & visit Hill Inlet Lookout - Visit up to 6 snorkelling locations to check out the magnificent fringing reef around the Islands (all part of the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park) - Visit & snorkel the outer Great Barrier Reef (weather permitting) - Enjoy bush-walks and hikes (with lookouts and stunning views) - Enjoy standout delicious meals made by the crew who are fun, experienced and welcoming - Extra comforts like rain & sun shades, hot showers, USB charging stations, a fan for each bed, hammock on deck, thicker snorkel/swimming suits in the cooler months - One of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to explore the Whitsunday Islands! - COVID CLEAN Practicing Business - Credit issued if you cannot make the tour due to government travel restrictions surrounding Covid-19
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  • 4 days
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Whitsunday Islands Private Sailing Experience with Snorkeling & Langford Reef
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Whitsunday Islands Private Sailing Experience with Snorkeling & Langford Reef

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Set off across Whitsunday Passage in the footsteps of Captain Cook on your own chartered tall ship cruise in the Whitsunday Islands. Bring as many as 24 guests on the 62-foot (19-meter) gaff-rigged schooner for a customized full-day charter that includes time for snorkeling, and a visit to either to Langford Reef — where you have a good chance of swimming with turtles, or the famously beautiful Whitehaven Beach. Alternatively, you can select a sunset sail or a half-day tour for your private charter.
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  • 8 hours
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2-Night Private Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady

2-Night Private Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady

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MiLady has the smallest numbers on any sail in the Whitsundays. We promise to look after all of your needs the minute your step on board. We have won 3 Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence with her sister ship Providence V as we do care about your enjoyment. We know the Whitsundays well and can take you to the best spots to snorkel. We value the environment.
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  • 3 days
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$5,258.68
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Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests)

Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests)

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When you live aboard our yacht, your days adventure begins when you wake and continues unabated till well after dark. John & Lynne like to say that “their guests can go snorkelling over colourful corals accompanied by hundreds of friendly fish before breakfast and each day just gets better from there…” All daily activities are personally guided which ensures your in depth appreciation of the wonders of nature both above and below the water. Lynne has been selected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to be a “Master Reef Guide” (the highest honour that GBRMPA can bestow). She is a “Citizen Scientist” specialising in the Reef World which has been her passion for more than 50 years. John & Lynne have a unique permit issued by GBRMPA granting them access to most of the Marine Park and they have spent a lifetime discovering its secrets that they willingly share with their guests. Potential guests should read the TripAdvisor reviews for Whitsunday Luxury Sailing
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  • 7 days
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$9,115.81
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1-Night Whitsundays Private Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady

1-Night Whitsundays Private Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady

MiLady has the smallest numbers on any sail in the Whitsundays. We promise to look after all of your needs the minute your step on board. We have won 3 Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence with her sister ship Providence V as we do care about your enjoyment. We know the Whitsundays well and can take you to the best spots to snorkel. We value the environment.
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  • 2 days
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2-Night Cabin Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady

2-Night Cabin Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady

MiLady has the smallest numbers on any sail in the Whitsundays. We promise to look after all of your needs the minute your step on board. We have won 3 Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence with her sister ship Providence V as we do care about your enjoyment. We know the Whitsundays well and can take you to the best spots to snorkel. We value the environment.
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  • 3 days
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$1,644.26
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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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Should I book Whitsunday Passage tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Whitsunday Passage can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Whitsunday Passage 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Whitsunday Passage costs USD 62.96. Guided Whitsunday Passage tours start around USD 62.96 per person.
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