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Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

As a whole, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the Seven Natural Wonders. Stretching over 2,600km it’s the largest reef system in the world, made up of over 900 islands, 2,900 individual reefs.

The Whitsundays Region is lucky in its position as the closest point on the Queensland coastline to the Great Barrier Reef.

This makes it the perfect place for visitors wanting to go snorkelling, scuba diving, or even cruising on glass bottomed boats, without having to stay on the resort islands.

Whether you want to get in the water and up close with the marine life, or appreciate the natural beauty from a comfortable, dry position, the Great Barrier Reef has so much for every traveller to see and do.

Exploring the Reef

The most obvious choice for a holiday in this stunning Marine Park is scuba diving. There are a number of professional operators you can book a trip with from Airlie Beach or most of the islands. They’ll teach you the basics of scuba diving, then take you out to visually stunning dive sites where you can explore all the colour and diversity of the reef.

For those not comfortable with going too far under, there’s also the option of snorkelling. You’ll get to paddle along the surface of the water, enjoying the shallower reefs only a couple of feet below.

If you’re looking to sit back and relax on your holiday there’s a wide range of cruise boats that take people for tours of the Marine Park. You can sit back and enjoy the warm weather as you sail around the islands with stunning ocean views.

Book Whitsundays Scenic Flights Online NowYou can even find boats with glass bottoms so you can see the magnificent coral reefs without even getting wet.

Other Activities

The Great Barrier Reef is so large you can even see it by air. There are a number of air tours of the reef, departing daily from the mainland and some of the Whitsundays Islands. You can hop aboard a small plane, helicopter, or even a sea plane to see the remarkable coral formations like Heart Reef from above.

Sunset Sail in the Whitsundays

Sunset Sail in the Whitsundays

Book Sunset Sail in the WhitsundaysSit back and enjoy a relaxing, picturesque sunset sail on board the catamaran - On the Edge. Unwind with a drink in hand and some light nibbles as you enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Whitsunday Islands.

This Sunset Sailing cruise operates in the evenings and runs for approximately 1.5 hours. Perfect for those wishing to experience the spectacular scenery as the sun drifts below the horizon, still leaving you plenty of time to enjoy your evening on land. Operating within sheltered waters surrounding Hamilton Island, this tour provides guests with a relaxing experience.

Whats included:

- 1.5 hour sail through sheltered waters surrounding Hamilton Island
- Complementary beer, wine, bubbles or non alcoholic beverages
- Light nibbles including cheese, dips, nuts and biscuits.
- Informative commentary from our knowledgeable local skippers on the history and ecology of the area

 

Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

Book Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling CruiseSail the Whitsundays in a 62-ft gaff rigged schooner. Help out with the sails or chill on deck as the sails fill in the breeze. Head for the Whitsundays' iconic beach - Whitehaven. Disembark at Tongue Bay for a 10-minute walk to the Hill Inlet lookout. Capture some pics of the world's most photographed beach before heading down to experience the soft, white sand. Spend an hour and a half on the beach before heading back for lunch on board as you head for a beautiful snorkelling spot where the water is teaming with fish and the coral is dazzling. Then it's homeward bound while snacking on a fruit and cheese platter and the sails carry you back to Abell Point Marina.

 

Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests)

Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests)

Book Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests) When you live aboard a boat, your days adventure begins when you wake and continues unabated till well after dark. John & Lynne like to say that “their guests can go snorkelling over colourful corals accompanied by hundreds of friendly fish before breakfast and each day just gets better from there…”

All daily activities are personally guided which ensures your in depth appreciation of the wonders of nature both above and below the water. Lynne has been selected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to be a “Master Reef Guide” (the highest honour that GBRMPA can bestow). She is a “Citizen Scientist” specialising in the Reef World which has been her passion for more than 50 years. John & Lynne have a unique permit issued by GBRMPA granting them access to most of the Marine Park and they have spent a lifetime discovering its secrets that they willingly share with their guests.

Potential guests should read the TripAdvisor reviews for Whitsunday Luxury Sailing

 

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night

Book Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 nightThe Great Barrier Reef is the largest & most diverse eco system in the world. It is the world’s largest Marine Reserve, about half the size of Texas. The Reef is visible from outer space appearing as a thin white line along the Queensland coast. Within the Reserve are more than 10% of the world's species of marine fish, over four thousand species of hard & soft corals and six of the world’s seven species of turtles. Giant Humpback Whales migrate to its warm crystal clear waterways every year to give birth to their babies

John & Lynne Boyce are your key to discovering Australia’s most treasured water wonderland. Lynne has been invited by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to become a Master Reef Guide and she has published “Gourmet Sailing..Delicious Dining on the Great Barrier Reef”, a cook book detailing the meals they serve. The duo have been exploring the Reserve for more than 30 years & they look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience

 

2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure on Trimaran 'Avatar'

2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure on Trimaran 'Avatar'

Book 2-Night Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure on Trimaran 'Avatar'Avatar Whitsundays is the only commercial sailing trimaran in the Islands. What does this mean for you? Minimal lean while sailing, maximum deck space with nets for sun baking, you can soak up the stunning World Heritage-listed Whitsunday Islands while never feeling over crowded. Just the way it’s meant to be. Avatar caters to guests between 18 and 35 years old and the young at heart. She Sleeps 26 guests and 3 crew in a mixture of open plan bunks and private doubles  . All meals are freshly prepared on board and include home cooked roast with trimmings and gravy, spaghetti bolognese, pies, fresh meats, salads, breads, fruits, dips and crackers Plus loads more! You wont go hungry! Special Offer - Book by October 9 to save 5% off our previously offered price! - Book Now!

 

About the Great Barrier Reef

Running along Queensland’s north east coast line, the Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,600km and covers a remarkable 344,000 square kilometres. Made up of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, it is the only single structure made by living organisms that can be seen from space. It really does deserve its place as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The reef supports a huge diversity of life, including a number of vulnerable and endangered species, some of which can only be found on the Great Barrier Reef. It’s also home to large populations of dugongs, more than 1,500 tropical fish species, sea turtles and 30 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises.

It’s estimated that the reef structure is somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000 years old, with the remains of older reefs in the area that date back half a million years. Because of their need for sunlight, coral reefs can only grow in waters above a depth of 150 metres, yet cannot grow above sea level. With such a small area in which the reef can grow there is great concern of late with matters of global warming and rising sea levels.