Choosing The Correct Whitsunday Islands Tour From Airlie Beach - Discover

Choosing the correct Whitsunday Islands tour from Airlie Beach

When we visit a place for the first time, it is very common to feel a little bit overwhelmed by the number of tours, companies, activities and things to do in the same place. Especially in Australia, where the natural wonders are unlimited and the tourist offers as well. That is why, if you are visiting Airlie Beach for the first time (a good guess, because you are reading this post, right?) and if you want to have a more clear idea of all the activities that Airlie Beach has to offer, we strongly recommend to continue reading. 


So let’s start with the basics. As you probably already know, Airlie Beach is a picturesque town and perfect access to the Whitsundays Islands, the main attraction of this area and the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. 

There are different ways of exploring the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. You can either stay in Airlie Beach at the accommodation that suits you the best and choose a day or overnight tour to visit the Whitsundays Islands gems or spend your holidays in a hotel on one of the islands like Hamilton Island or Daydream Island.

This post is a guide for those staying in town and seeking to discover all the amazing tours and activities in Airlie Beach that will take you to the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

Tours, private charters and bareboat

Plenty of tours and boats depart from Port of Airlie and Coral Sea Marina every day to the Whitsundays Islands. There are full-day tours, half-day tours and overnight tours that will take you to explore the area! 

Activities may include visiting Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, discovering marine life and more unique experiences. You probably will be asking which tour to choose with so many options and places to visit. Don’t worry, we got you covered!

Well, first of all, it will depend on how much time you have. A full-day tour or half-day tour on a fast powerboat is perfect for those who love adrenaline and wish to visit the main attractions of the area like Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout while making a snorkelling stop to explore the coral reef on the way. 

If you have a couple of days to enjoy and your holiday goal is to relax, feel the breeze of the ocean, sleep under the stars and wake up in paradise, an overnight sailing experience is what you are looking for. Most tours are designed to be shared with other like-minded travellers! 

This is not all! If you are travelling as a group, with family or friends, and prefer to have a private experience and rent a boat just for yourselves, there are amazing options for you too. Private skippered charters will allow you and your group to have a catered experience where you basically need to relax and enjoy while the crew and skipper take care of all the rest. Bareboats are also an alternative for the brave ones that prefer driving the boat without any crew on board. Is really up to you!

Other fun ways of discovering the Whitsundays Islands 

The Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef are absolutely stunning and breathtaking from any point of view. And what can be more awesome than flying above it in a helicopter with your buddy?  

Scenic flights are unforgettable experiences where most of the time you can’t decide between taking pictures of the amazing view or leaving your phone and enjoying the moment. You can either book a helicopter tour individually or as a package with other tours! 
Are you an adrenaline lover? Don’t miss your chance to experience the thrill of literally flying over the Whitsundays. Skydiving is very popular in Airlie Beach, where the sensational views are from another world. 

Last but not least, a short but epic trip can be made by renting a Jet Ski! As well as the scenic flights, Jet Ski hires are offered also as a package with, for example, Segway hires to explore the beautiful town of Airlie Beach.

Are you still having doubts on which is the best way of visiting the Whitsundays Islands? Visit our tours page to compare different options!

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