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Itinerary
When booking this Great Barrier Reef aerial adventure, you have five tour options to choose from, all of which depart by seaplane from the Whitsundays Airport.

Panorama Tour:
4.5 hours total duration; 1.5 hours of flying time
The most comprehensive of all four tours, this half-day experience starts with a seaplane flight over Heart Reef, a heart-shaped coral reef that can only be appreciated from the air, before landing at Hardy Lagoon, where can go snorkeling and enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour. Then head to Whitehaven Beach for an hour of relaxation on this stretch of bright white sand. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine while you marvel at the aquamarine water, and stay hydrated with water, fruit juice and light snacks.

Reef Adventure Tour:
3 hours total duration; 1 hour of flying time
On board the seaplane, soar over to Hardy Lagoon, taking in a view of Heart Reef during the 30-minute flight, and then land on the water for your glass-bottom boat tour, which takes place on the only vessel permitted to operate in this sheltered lagoon. With its underwater viewing chamber and snorkeling platform, the boat offers up-close looks at the marine life and reef in the calm water. You have one hour on the boat and another hour of snorkeling time; if you don’t want to get in the water, you may stay on the boat, relaxing on the sun or shade decks. Flotation devices, snorkel gear and instruction are provided, as are fruit juice, Australian sparkling wine, water and light snacks.

Whitehaven Experience:
2.5 hours total duration; 30 minutes of flying time
Fly by seaplane to Whitehaven Beach, known for its stunningly white silica sand. During your 1 hour flight, listen to your pilot’s narration while soaring over the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. After a smooth landing, you have two hours on the beach to relax in the sunshine and go swimming. Sparkling wine, water, fruit juice and light snacks are provided, as are beach umbrellas so you can stay protected from the sun.

Reef and Whitehaven Flight:
1 hour total
Take off in your seaplane for a scenic flight over the Whitsundays, gazing down in awe at Heart Reef, lush isles and white-sand beaches that dot the sparkling blue Pacific. Fly over Whitehaven Beach for an aerial view of its bright white sand. This tour includes a Touch-and-go water landing at the Great Barrier Reef (subject to weather conditions). 

Panorama Express:
2 hours total duration; 1 hour flying time
From your seaplane take in the aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Lagoon  and of course Heart Reef. Visit Whitehaven Beach in style,  landing gracefully at an area of the beach with few or no other visitors. You'll have an hour on Whitehaven Beach where you are free to relax, sunbathe, swim and explore this remarkable pure silica beach.
Locations visited
Whitehaven Beach
Air Whitsunday Day Tours
Heart Reef
Overview
Be amazed by Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on a seaplane tour that provides stunning panoramic aerial views. When booking, select one of five options that take you either over this picturesque section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Australia's number one famous beach - Whitehaven Beach. Depending on what tour you choose, you’ll sip a glass of sparkling wine on the striking white sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride and snorkeling at your very own private lagoon at Hardy Lagoon, see the Heart Reef from the air, or all three!
Highlights
  • Scenic flight by seaplane over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach
  • See Heart Reef from the air, a natural phenomenon discovered in 1975
  • Learn about the sights and the area’s history from your pilot's informative commentary
  • Choose from five flight options to suit your schedule and taste
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Unforgettable expierience - free upgrade

Booking was very simple and streight-forward over the phone. Staff is very friendly. When reconfirming our booking the day before departure they offered us a free upgrade to a more expensive tour because the plane was not fully booked and they simply combined the different...More

Thank Paspy7711
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Unbelievable Day

This tour was worth every penny! We departed the airport at 7am and flew over the Whitsundays then landed in the ocean to snorkel for an hour near the Great Barrier Reef then flew to an island for some beach time then fly home. It...More

Thank SailynnD
Reviewed 11 June 2018
Definitely a must do!

Definitely recommend doing a sea plane tour, its not the cheapest option but it's definitely worth it. The staff were super nice and friendly and the views were amazing.More

Thank Julie L
AirWhitsunday, Operations Manager at Air Whitsunday Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2018

Hi Julie L, Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour with Air Whitsunday Seaplanes and could appreciate the value for money experience we offer. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to the staff. Thank...More

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Greatfull

It was a greatfull trip to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitesundays. The trip wasn't cheap but it was worth every cent. The Panorama tour was absolutely incredible!!! Fantastic services delivered by Air Whitsunday Seaplanes. The entire team and especially the pilots were very...More

Thank Vielreiserin2014
AirWhitsunday, Operations Manager at Air Whitsunday Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi Vielreiserin2014, Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed the Panorama Tour. I will be sure to pass your kind words onto the team and pilots. Thank you again.

Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile
Amazing

I got this sea plane tour for my boy friends birthday. We went on the white haven tour. It was amazing to see the reef from above and loved the time we spent at white haven beach it was all very breath taking. The staff...More

Thank Charlie P
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