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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

  • 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
Whitsundays Seaplane Tours
From US$216.26
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Panorama ExpressMost Popular
Whitehaven Beach and Great Barrier Reef tour by seaplane. Total duration 2.5 hours including 1 hour on Whitehaven Beach
From US$300.56
Whitehaven Experience
Whitehaven Beach by seaplane. Includes two hours on Whitehaven Beach. Total duration 2.5 hours including 30 minutes flying time
From US$216.26
Panorama Tour
Whitehaven Beach and Great Barrier Reef tour by seaplane. Total duration 4.5 hours including 1.5 hours flying time
From US$476.50
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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!
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (32)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile
Unforgettable experience!

Simply WOW! What an amazing experience, the best way to see the reef. It’s expensive, but worth every penny, you will never forget those stunning views. Pictures speak for themselves.

Thank whereisnat
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Worth the cost. If you are questioning spending the extra money to take the seaplane... do it. We took our 1 year old son and he loved it (slept most of the trip back after playing on the beautiful white sand beaches) The staff were...More

1  Thank jamie b
Reviewed 12 September 2018

Thanks so much Air Whitsundays for your outstanding customer service and tour yesterday to Whitehaven Beach. Absolutely Loved it.

Thank TinaC3017
Reviewed 4 September 2018
Amazing. Landed on the reef

Incredible experience. Highly recommended. Nothing better than actually landing and snorkelling on the reef. Gus was a great pilot, knowlegable and helpful. Could not have been better. Spend the time and money. Once in a lifetime experience.

Thank fcharleswhite
Reviewed 3 September 2018
Awesome Adventure fly/snorkel outer reef!

What an amazing experience!! Thanks so much Air Whitsunday for a fabulous scenic flight and snorkel at the Outer Reef!! Truly memorable!! This is one of those experiences that when you look at the brochure you get exactly what it advertises! Best ever!!

Thank Vacation617632
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9 September 2018|
Response from BHD87 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, the flight wasn’t bumpy. I don’t know if the plane was air conditioned or not but it wasn’t hot at all and I am very temperature sensitive so it was great in August when we went. It wasn’t nausea inducing for me at... More
30 August 2018|
Response from BHD87 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Our flight only went for an hour so that’s plenty of time 😊
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