Things to do in Airlie Beach
If you’re a non-sailor, or you’re planning on staying in Airlie beach for a few days after the regatta, there is plenty for you to see and do.
Visit the outer Great Barrier Reef
Beyond the Whitsunday islands lies the outer Great Barrier Reef - famous for spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving. One of the best ways to visit the reef is aboard Cruise Whitsundays Seaflight. Cruise Whitsundays operates daily trips to the Reef, where a great range of activities to suit all ages and tastes awaits.
Permanently moored at knuckle reef lagoon, Cruise Whitsundays pontoon is the newest and most innovative design. The pontoon features undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up the tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and you’ll have full access to the air-conditioned comfort of ‘Seaflight’ alongside the pontoon. It features Queensland’s largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber and an awesome waterslide - the only one on the Great Barrier Reef.
Located inside Knuckle Reef Lagoon, the pontoon is ideally situated in shallower waters with protection from the surrounding sea conditions. Protected as it is, it has its own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life not found in open areas. It provides a unique world for you to explore - be it by semi-submersible, glass bottom boat, snorkelling or diving.
Getting there is half the fun on board ‘Seaflight’ a 37m wavepiercer ideally suited to outer reef cruising with its superior sea handling. It is the largest and most comfortable vessel in the Whitsundays and the only one fitted with computerised stabilisers. It has spacious air-conditioned lounges, large out viewing decks and two bars on board serving refreshments.
For more information, visit www.cruisewhitsundays.com
Visit Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach is a six kilometre long stretch of radiant fine white silica sand. Recently voted Queensland’s most beautiful beach, Whitehaven is a jewel - even among the spectacular Whitsunday Islands.
There are a number of operators offering day trips to Whitehaven beach, so there is sure to be a trip to suit your taste - whether you prefer to cruise in air conditioned comfort, sail, or blast across the water aboard a super-fast rigid inflatable.
As a starting point, you may like to check out these trips:
Ocean Rafting (Super fast power boat)
Camira (Sailing Catamaran)
Take a day trip to island resorts
There are a variety of island resorts scattered throughout the Whitsunday islands, each with their own unique appeal. A great way to enjoy these resorts is to visit for a day, or half-day.
Cruise Whitsundays offer a range of options for visiting resorts on Daydream Island, Long Island, South Molle Island and Hamilton Island.
See www.cruisewhitsundays.com for more information.
Charter a yacht and cruise the islands
Many people choose to enjoy the Whitsunday islands aboard their own private yacht. A number of companies offer bareboat charters allowing you to enjoy the islands at your own pace.