The 74 Whitsunday Islands group was named by Captain Cook who sailed through this area in July of 1770. The archipelago is scattered on both sides of the Whitsunday Passage, with the islands rising out of the sea as the tips of underwater mountains. Many feature a hilly terrain and fringes of coral reefs around them. All but five of the Whitsundays are predominantly or totally national park territory. A few of the islands are inhabited or developed into tourist resorts, such as Hamilton, Daydream and Hayman. View more
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Experience the spectacular undersea beauty of the Great Barrier Reef during this fascinating, full-day snorkelling and semi-submarine excursion.
Great Barrier Reef
Depart the ship aboard a catamaran for the scenic, approximately 1.75-hour ride to the Great Barrier Reef. Upon arrival, proceed to the Heart Pontoon at Reef World, located on Hardy Reef, or the Knuckle Reef Pontoon. Both areas are extraordinarily beautiful, with amazing coral formations teeming with a variety of colourful fish and marine life. After morning tea is served, receive your safety and snorkelling instructions and equipment, then begin your guided snorkelling session.
Snorkelling Trails & Semi-Submarine-Ride
Along the way, explore easy-to-follow snorkelling trails, or simply relax on the sundeck and take in the amazing panoramic view of the Great Barrier Reef. Even if you don't want to get wet, you can still enjoy the reef by taking a ride on Reef World's semi-submarine, which features a large, 50-seat underwater viewing chamber and grouper-viewing hole. This large, underwater observatory is the ideal place to sit back, relax and watch the colourful schools of fish as they glide by. Experienced and first-time scuba divers may also participate in optional scuba diving at their own expense. Following the snorkelling portion of your tour, depart the pontoon for the approximately two-hour ride back to the ship. En route, enjoy lunch whilst cruising by Whitehaven Beach.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the catamaran, pontoon and semi-submarine. This tour is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition, and can swim in water too deep too stand. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guest with neck and/or back problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Snorkelling equipment is provided. Waterproof cameras are highly recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Guests may not snorkel if they have consumed alcohol. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, fish and marine life sightings are not guaranteed. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Experience the Whitsunday Islands in an elegant new way during this picturesque and relaxing cruise aboard an exclusive vessel.
After tendering from the ship to the Hamilton Island Wharf, commence your scenic, approximately two-hour narrated cruise aboard the Denison Star. This magnificent, 107-foot Huon pine motor cruiser is steeped in tradition, and has been luxuriously re-appointed and re-designed. The lower deck is fully air-conditioned, and the upper deck features an outside area shaded by a canopy. An Australian icon in timber boats, the Denison Star is the largest Huon pine vessel to be built in Australia and combines traditional-style cruising with modern-day comfort.
Leaving Hamilton Island, pass by the tropical resorts, lush green islands and secluded beaches of the adjacent Whitsunday Islands, and learn about their history. Morning or afternoon tea is served on board the vessel, and accompanied by muffins, cookies or cake. Your Whitsunday Island cruise concludes back at the Hamilton Island Wharf. Upon arrival, disembark the vessel and tender back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the vessel. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the vessel without assistance. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, non-slip boat shoes and sun protection are recommended. This tour departs from the Hamilton Island Wharf. Guests are required to make their own way to the wharf by ship's tender. Guests are advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Experience the picturesque beauty of the Whitsunday Islands during this scenic and relaxing catamaran cruise.
After tendering from the ship to the Hamilton Island Wharf, commence your scenic, approximately two-hour narrated cruise aboard your exclusive sailing catamaran, the On The Edge, a large spacious catamaran that sails flatly across the sea. Leaving Hamilton Island, relax on deck and take in the fresh breeze while passing by the tropical resorts, lush green islands and secluded beaches of the nearby Whitsunday Islands. Tea and biscuits will be served during your sail.
Upon arrival back at Whitsunday Wharf, disembark the vessel and tender back to the ship.
Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the vessel. This tour may involve some rolling and pitching due to natural sea conditions. Conditions aboard the vessel are standard to a sailing craft, and guests must accept responsibility for their movement around the vessel. Guests must be able to embark/disembark the vessel without assistance. A certain amount of agility is required. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to seasickness, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests may also get wet during this tour. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, non-slip boat shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. The catamaran may operate under power if wind conditions are not suitable. Guests are required to make their own way to the wharf by ship's tender. Guests are advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions.
Experience the spectacular beauty of the Whitsunday Islands in a unique new way during this half-day flight-seeing tour and visit to Whitehaven Beach.
Seaplane Flight to Whitehaven Beach
Depart the pier for the approximately 15-minute transfer to the airstrip. Upon arrival, receive your safety briefing and board your seaplane for a scenic and exhilarating 15-minute flight to Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the Top 10 beaches in the world. En route, your pilots provide commentary as you take in breathtaking aerial views of the famous Whitsunday Islands and fringing reefs over Hill Inlet before landing at beautiful Whitehaven Beach.
After a water landing at Whitehaven Beach, the next 1.5 hours is at your leisure. The crystal-clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of idyllic Whitehaven stretch over seven kilometres (about 11 kilometres) along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Upon arrival, it's easy to see why Whitehaven is the most photographed beach in Australia, and was named 'Queensland's Most Beautiful Beach' by Keep Australia Beautiful and 'Queensland's Friendliest Beach' in 2009. It defines nature at its best, and offers a true sense of relaxation and escape.
Beach Visit and Light Refreshments
During your 1.5-hour visit, you can swim, explore the beach, relax in the sun or under your sunshade, and enjoy some sparkling wine and water before it is time to re-board your aircraft for the approximate 10-minute flight to Hamilton Island, then a brief transfer back to the pier.
Please note: During stinger season (Oct-May inclusive) passengers enter the ocean at their own risk. This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and seaplane. The surfaces at Whitehaven are mostly white sandy beaches, with a slight incline to reach the water. Once on the beach, walking is at guests' discretion. Sunshades are provided at the beach, but there are no bathroom facilities. Whitehaven is not part of the Great Barrier Reef; there is no coral viewing on this tour. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. The maximum weight of each guest must not exceed 287 pounds (130 kilograms). The tour sequence may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.