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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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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
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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
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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
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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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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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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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Sunset Sail In The Whitsundays
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Sunset Sail In The Whitsundays

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Experience a stunning Whitsunday sunset during this leisurely evening sailing excursion. Relax on a catamaran that cruises along the sheltered waters surrounding Hamilton Island. Soak up the scenery of this picturesque location with drinks including beer and wine and light snacks (included). Return to the island in time to enjoy dinner.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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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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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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Take off on a flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, and see sights including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, and Hill Inlet. Catch a bird’s-eye view of many of the Whitsunday Islands and fly over Whitehaven Beach and picturesque Hill Inlet before heading toward the Great Barrier Reef, where you’ll see one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed wing aircraft offers big window viewing, plus enjoy pilot commentary.
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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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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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The Whitsunday Express Scenic Flight - 25 minutes

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The Whitsunday Express Scenic Flight - 25 minutes

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Fly Australia are experts in Scenic flights and Air Tours, this means our pilots are trained to ensure all on board are able to capture the best sights and have plenty of time to take in the beautiful scenery below. Enjoy the view from the comfort of your seat in our specially designed scenic flight aircraft that feature high wings and large panoramic windows to ensure unobstructed viewing. All our passengers are guaranteed a window seat. Our Whitsunday flights are a must do when visiting the region, witnessing the beauty of the Whitsundays from the air is a truly special experience.
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2-Night Private Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady
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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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2-Night Cabin Charter Aboard Cruising Yacht Milady
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2-Night Cabin 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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