Whitsundays Seaplane Tours - Airlie Beach


Take in remarkable views of the Whitsunday Islands on a scenic flight by seaplane. Choose from five flight options to fly over this stunning part of the Great Barrier Reef, the colorful natural wonder that stretches some 1,240 miles (1,996 km) along Australia's northeast coast. Depending on what you choose, you might take a ride on a glass-bottom boat at Hardy Lagoon, lounge near the water at Whitehaven Beach, or admire the picture-perfect Heart Reef from the air. It's an amazing way to experience Queenslands famous tropical paradise!


  • Live commentary on board

Details about this tour

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Pass By: Air Whitsunday Day Tours, Airlie Beach, Queensland
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,. 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 dont 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 15 minute flight to Whitehaven Beach listen to your pilots narration while soaring over the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. After a smooth landing, you have one hour and half 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).
Reef and Whitehaven Discovery 2.5 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.

Stop At: Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
Whitehaven Beach is included when you select the following Tours -
Panorama Tour: Marvel at the aquamarine water and enjoy the pristine sands with a glass of sparkling wine for an hour of relaxation.
Whitehaven Experience: Enjoy one and a half hours at the beach known for its stunningly white silica sand. You will have time to explore, swim and enjoy light snacks which are provided with a glass of sparkling wine, water or juice.
Reef and Whitehaven Flight: Enjoy viewing the incredible Whitehaven beach from the skies on this tour, where you will have the best Arial view of the bright white and crystal clear waters below (please note this tour does not land on Whitehaven Beach)
Reef and Whitehaven Discovery: Arrive in Style onto Whitehaven Beach in an area where few travellers visit. You will have one hour to enjoy the remarkable beach.
Duration: 1 hour
Pass By: Heart Reef, Airlie Beach, Queensland
Marvel at Heart Reef which is included on all Air Whitsundays seaplane flights over Heart Reef, a heart-shaped coral reef that can only be appreciated from the air!
Pass By: Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
From your seaplane take in the aerial views of Hill Inlet when you choose either the Whitehaven Experience or the Reef and Whitehaven Discovery Tours


  • Scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef (duration varies depending on selected flight)
  • Visit to Whitehaven Becah (if option selected)
  • Live commentary on board
  • Use of snorkel equipment (if option selected)
  • Glass-bottom boat tour (if option selected)
  • Light refreshments (if option selected)
  • Beach umbrellas (if applicable to selected option)
  • Stinger suit and wet suit (if applicable to selected option)


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Prescription masks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 60 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Maximum weight per person is 300lbs (136kg)

Please bring swimwear, towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, camera and light jacket for cooler months between May-August

Please note: If you are staying on Hamilton Island, you must take a ferry to/from Hamilton Island to the mainland of Airlie Beach. Departure time of your seaplane tour varies daily due to tidal patterns. Not all ferry services will match up with your departure time. Please check ferry timetable to ensure you will arrive in time for your seaplane tour. No refunds available if you miss your departure time.

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


  • Martyn K

    Good trip but limited views. Possiblly better in a helicopter.

  • maincj21

    Amazing flight with fantastic views. The only niggle was that it was very difficult to understand what the pilot was saying.

  • Lauren M

    Absolutely beautiful! Really fun experience!

  • Samuel T

    Perfect arrangement and very careful customer care who ensure us seeing the Heart Reef with very nice weather. Also the Whiteheaven Beach tour is perfectly surprisingly beautiful and enjoy!

  • Clalrbc

    I left a review on Trip Advisor already but had such a good day I will copy it for the persons interested in booking this tour :

    First of all, I have to say the team at Air Whitsunday is great. Our first tour got cancelled because of the wind and they have been so helpful and understanding to reschedule it.
    Then the tour itself is amazing ! I chose the Panorama tour as a suprise for my partner and we were both speechless to see the great barrier and the heart reef from above.The weather was not great in Airlie but once in the sky it doesn't matter as the reef colors are so magical anyways ! Snorkelling for an hour allowed us to see so many different kind of fish as well as big shells and then having a lunch break on the beautiful Whitehaven beach was great. Even just landing/taking off in/from the water is a great experience !
    The plane has 8 seats and we were lucky enough to have a lovely family with us.
    My partner and I really had the best time and I think it is the perfect tour if you're spending a very short time in Queensland too because you get to see so much in only 4 hours and a half ! Thank you guys for these memories we will never forget !

  • Brian C

    We enjoyed every aspect of this tour - would thoroughly recommend

  • Sarah Cui

    It was a wonderful experience. Due to the windy conditions, seaplane could not able to land on the water Air Whitsunday downgraded the tour to Reef and Whitehaven Flight plus Whitehaven Beach. Pilot was very friendly, and Whitehaven Beach is stunning. I will do this once more if I get the chance and recommend this tour to anybody.

  • Maria C Danell D

    Wonderful experience. Will do this once more and recommend to anybody. Thank you :

  • jian g

    I was with the helicopter journey, but I do know whose fault it is that I was not able to see the heart shaped reef
    Besides the other pilot on the gound was very rude, he forced me to change my seat twice.

  • Jennifer S

    WOW an awesome day, amazing views over the reef an Whitehaven. Snorkelling in Hardy's Lagoon in a small group of 10 magnificent memories.

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