Airlie Beach is known as the hub for the Whitsunday Islands, and there is no better way to explore the beautiful views of the beaches and reefs than by the air. GSL Aviation is very accommodating and provides numerous flight options for all; local island flights, 1 hour reef and island scenic flights, and even quick 12 minute transfers between Hamilton Island and Shute Harbour.
Gorgeous scenery is guaranteed as well as excellent customer service, so experience this once in a life time opportunity today!
The big VT meet here was such a great time for everyone . There were so many different fun activities and the day out sailing the Whitsundays to Whitehaven Beach was certainly a highlight.
A small bus was organised after breakfast for the VT group to be transfered to the boat Marina . Here there was a short wait to board and getting tickets sorted as we were a large group and not the only group boarding.
The Marina was quite large with a wonderful selection of power boats and an impressive array of sailing yachts of all sizes and types from sloops to large sailing schooners..I must say that this is definately the way to spend some time in the Whitsunday islands.. But, for most people like myself that don't have their own boat or access to a friends yacht .. SO, we all took the next best option and went as a group charter for the day..
First sight of our yacht for the day "Camira" was a pleasant one.Having worked in a boat Marina for a long period in my life my expectations were certainly met..Camira was a very large (purple) Catamaran with an abundance of room for all aboard. The day was a very pleasant temperature and the seas moderate with mild winds as we pulled away from the Marina and ready for a great relaxing day out sailing.
The stop at Whitehaven Beach was another highlight where we all went ashore and took in the ambience of this wonderful tropical location..The beach is one of the top ten beaches in the world and certainly easy to see why. Various games and water fun was enjoyed before re boarding Camira and a pleasant sail back to Airlie Beach.. The food and drinks on board were well done and to I beleive everyones satisfaction a good day was had by all on this day out.
I must say the big Queensland VT meet for me was an absolute "buzz"..All so many great people..putting names to faces at the get togeather welcome BBQ at the Hotel in Airlie Beach and all the different evening dinners with so many different activities .But I think the best activity was the day out and boat ride to "Hook Reef". This fantastic huge floating pontoon is really something..Sitting above the reef the Pontoon has all the diving equipment and snorkelling equipment needed for a wonderful day in this magnificent setting. There are change rooms for all guests along with a top deck for relaxing after a hard day snorkelling!!! There is a glass bottom boat also that meanders over the reef enabling guests to view coral formations along with the various and numerous types of fish..The safety factor I noticed was first class with many lifeguards keeping their eyes on all swimmers in the water. The snorkelling and diving area was well controlled.With a total weight of 350 Tonnes this pontoon has a capacity to handle over 300 people.
It was with great reluctance that we left Airlie Beach after our big VT meet there. There was great anticipation though about our next destination that we all looked forward to immensely. . A small group of us had a pre planned booking for a stay on Hamilton Island..Thanks Aussie Rose for this great decision.! The trip to Hamilton Island was by ferry from Schute Harbour. A really pleasant ferry ride that goes directly to Hamilton Island and we had "walk up start" tickets with no need to book. Suffice to say that our stay on Hamilton island was a most enjoyable one .The hotel accomodation was more than I expected . My fellow VTer's were also the most wonderful company. We had a rented golf buggies and this enabled us to look allover and travel about the Island..there is no traffic on the Island only emergency vehicles.Most of us booked one way ferry tickets as we were leaving Hamilton Island by plane to various destinations.
THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS ARE PART OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF ...THIS IS A UNESCO SIGHT
I beleive to be in Airlie Beach and not visit the famous Whitehaven Beach is really missing something..Reputed to be in the top ten Beaches in the world this beach is really something to see and enjoy..when sailing out to Whitehaven and its first sight , one is firstly taken by the length of the beach...so long..must be a mile or more..The sands are so white and fine unlike any other beach that I had been on..Only a few people on this long beach also...The water is just so clear and when I jumped out of the small "tender" from the yacht the water being so clear gave me a false sense of the depth and when I jumped in found it much deeper than anticipated..
This of course was the venue for a day out on the big VT meet from Airlie Beach..what a wonderful day out for all the VT'ers that attended the sail and beach experience..Once ashore ..a good game of cricket and some fun games in the sand along with a long time in the water..This is a "must do" a visit to Whitehaven Beach. in the Whitsunday Islands.
Here in Airlie Beach by the lagoon you will find a lovely barbeque where you , and /or , friends and family can have an outdoor barbeque..I must say that these areas put in place in holiday areas along many places in Australia are a wonderful idea ,,here in Queensland is no exception with the facilities always being spotlessly clean and free to use...I noticed when in Cairns that the local barbeques and surrounding areas were used constantly with local council cleaning the facilities and removing all rubbish late at night ..These are a great idea for locals and visitors alike ,that the world could learn from...just go to the butcher or supermarket get your sausages or steaks and you're set..ENJOY !!!
ALWAYS BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL WITH GLASS ITEMS IN THESE AREAS AS BROKEN GLASS AND BAREFEET ARE A BAD COMBINATION
While either visiting or holidaying in Airlie Beach and as the weather is usually pretty well perfect. make time to visit the Lagoon area for a swim..especially if you are a family with small kids..there is a lifeguard on duty also there are shallow areas for the little ones" The water temperatures are usually quite warm and the big bonus is there are no nasties in the water as this part of the world has some nasties in the water at different times of the year..There are shaded spots with grassed areas with many trees for that much needed shade...many places nearby sell refreshments..
Whitehaven Beach is a boaters paradise or a "boaties" paradise as they say in OZ. . The Camira catamaran offers a Cruise Whitsundays boat to Knuckle Reef, where you can explore the reef from a glass bottom boat.
If you are a keen angler what could be more fun that getting out and doing some serious fishing? There are companies that offer chartered trips to the reefs.
The 63 ft Stella Maris is based at the nearby Abel Point Marina and does half and full day trips and up to 7 day adventures.
On board are fridges, freezers, hot showers, navigation equipment etc.
You can also enjoy snorkeling and diving.
Day trips will cost approx $150 while a 5 day voyage will set you back about $1,200
Fishing equipment is supplied for day trippers only so you have to bring your own for longer
outings. The boat is also BYO but they do have fridges to keep your drinks cold.
There is also a small marine parks fee per person.
The 60-metre, 32-cabin MV Fantasea Ammarì offers 3 and 4 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.
Cruises depart on Fridays and returns on Monday or Tuesday depending on the number of nights you choose.
Tariffs include accommodation and meals. All cabins are fully carpeted and have en-suite facilities. Cabins feature a wardrobe and safety box, flat screen TV, luggage storage and fridge.
3 Nights $1,995 $2,993
4 Nights $2,460 $3,690
Ok so this is def worth ago, was not to sure at first but, great boat, great group of people, great staff, great food, the only thing that was not so great was the weather but nothing you can do about that,
Spend 3 unforgettable days and 2 magic nights sleeping inside or on deck (which is much more xciting) cruising the Whitesunday Islands (famous for its magnificent snorkelling locations and spectacular island nisits) on board Anaconda 11 which has completed numerous Sydney to Honart challenges, as well as many varied blue water classic races.
$399 for fantastic food (3 proper meals) snacks BBQ dinner the lot
teas and coffees all day, linen and freash towels, snorkelling equipment and stinker suits
But u def need to bring u own alcohol, music, books, swim wear suncream and small amount of clothing.. and a BIG BIG Smile..... well worth it, with only 25 people its not hectic, the must relaxing 3 days i had out of my trip
This would have to be the best holiday that you can possibly have. Hire yourself a bareboat and cruise around the Whitsunday Islands at your own pace and go where you want to go when you want to go. After this experience we would never again sit on a beach at a resort because with the boat you can visit all of the resorts.
We don't have any yachting experience so we decided to hire a power catamaran because of the extra space and stability. We got an excellent charter deal including some free nights and were allowed to stay on the boat on the night before the charter commenced.
The company gives you a very good briefing about the boat and how it works, navigation, safety rules, anchoring and mooring, how to use the radio.
You can visit all of the island resorts including Hamilton Island, Daydream, South Molle, Lindemann and even Hayman (although that is very expensive) and use their facilities. We visited Hamilton to pick up some fresh milk and to have a look around but otherwise we anchored in fabulous bays and relaxed.
The boat that we had was called Intrepid and it had lots of room as well as a kayak, rubber ducky tender with outboard, snorkelling equipment, TV, DVD, VCR, CD player and even a coffee machine. It had a flybridge which was wonderful to sit on and watch the sunsets.
We did lots of snorkelling and found Blue Pearl Bay (Hayman Island), Mantra Ray Bay (Hook Island) absolutely fantastic with lots of good coral and great fishlife. We loved Whitehaven Beach , Nara Inlet and Cid Harbour for overnight anchorages.
We saw dolphins, whales, lots of turtles as well as thousands of fish. There were lots of people who had hired boats up there and it was nice visiting them and sharing a drink and finding out about different places to visit.
The company was Sea Star Crusing which is the only company that does less than 5 day charters and includes everything in the charter fee including fuel, gas and marine park taxes. Every other company had these as extras.
Whitehaven is the main attraction of the Whitsundays.... and if you visit Airlie Beach and do no take a trip out to Whitehaven Beach, then you may as well do Sydney and not see the Opera House! :o)
Whitehaven Beach is amazing!! With it's crystal clear blue water and pure white sand.... Whitehaven is a world renouned destination.
Did you know that you can clean your jewlrey in the wet sand? ....Try it! ....Rings come up shiney new!! :o) ....but beware!!...do not drop your camera in the sand or it's goodbye camera!!
Want to visit the famous Whitehaven beach?... Of course you do!!
A Trip to the Whitsundays is not complete unless you visit the famous Whitehaven beach!
We chose the purple Camira cat again by Cruise Whitsundays to do the trip and I can totally recommend it!
Everything is included with this one, free pick up & drop off, snorkling and all food & grog. With the wonderful experience at the world famous Whitehaven beach and friendly staff....what more can you ask for?.... We all loved it!!
Well a trip to the Whitsundays is not a holiday unless you do some snorkling, diving, coral viewing and plenty of eating & drinking.
And what better way than to book a day trip out to Knuckle Reef....a pontoon in the outter reef that has it all!!
Even if you have never snorkled before....the team there look after you and with the guide and plenty of float stuff....all you need to do is to look down and enjoy the coral and colourful reef fish :o)
We had a fantastic day out at Knuckle Reef with Cruise Whitsundays and I can totally recommend this trip!!