Whitsunday Islands Explorer

Whitsunday Islands Explorer

6 Days

Whitsunday Islands Explorer

6 Days Starting and ending in Airlie Beach

Visiting:

Airlie Beach

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

PVKW

Group size:

1 - 16

Age range:

8-99 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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Tour Overview

Secluded palm-fringed beaches, hidden waterfalls and crystal-clear waters? The Whitsunday Islands are a dream holiday destination for lovers of the sun and sea. This adventure will take you from the coastal town of Airlie Beach out into the turquoise ocean of the Whitsundays on board a comfortable cruising yacht. Spend time exploring some of the stunning islands within the archipelago, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and appreciating the unique tropical nature, wildlife and culture of the area. But most of all, just relax and enjoy yourself – you’re in paradise!

Highlights

  • Spend two nights aboard a 100-year-old Tall Ship, visiting various Whitsunday Islands and swimming off the boat.

  • Witness a welcome to country and a short talk about the history and culture talk of the Whitsundays from a local member of the Ngaro family.

  • Enjoy a hike on South Molle Island, where you’ll have stunning views on the reef, rainforest and local tropical birdlife.

  • Have access to your own private beach on the edge of the Coral Sea, with white sands and postcard-perfect views.

  • Spend two nights aboard a comfortable cruising yacht, visiting various Whitsunday Islands and snorkelling off the boat.

  • Join an eco-walk with a local guide, learning about tropical flora and fauna, then climbing to the top of a waterfall where you can take a refreshing dip in the natural rock pools.

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Airlie Beach
Location:

  Airlie Beach


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Dinner


Welcome to the Airlie Beach, the stunning gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take your time today making your way to check in to your hotel, before meeting your local leader and group for a short welcome meeting at 4pm in the hotel foyer. From here, you’ll head out along the coast for a stroll into Airlie Beach, where you’ll be greeted by a local member of the Ngaro family. They will welcome you to country and provide you with an overview of the culture and history of the magnificent Whitsundays that you’re about to explore. Your local leader will then take you on a short orientation walk of the town, before you have the evening to yourselves. Get to know your fellow travellers with a welcome dinner of quality local food, then maybe head to one of Airlie Beach’s quirky bars to chat over a drink.

Included Activities:
-Airlie Beach - Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country

icon Day 2 : Whitsunday Islands
Location:

  Whitsunday Islands


Accommodation:

  Sailing Boat


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Dinner


Today we board a cruising yacht, which will be your home for the next two nights, and set sail into the tropical waters surrounding the Whitsundays. Your afternoon will be spent at sea, where you can enjoy your time on board unwinding with a good book or chatting with your travel buddies. Or maybe try your hand at sailing, by helping the crew hoist the sails and steer the boat. We’ll plan our two days according to the weather and your group’s preference, with stops for snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, with all gear provided, and exploring the islands. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the best beaches in Australia. A short bushwalk inland will take you to the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout for a gorgeous view of the beach below and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. The swirling sands are created by the ever-changing tides, which leave behind a kaleidoscope of blue and white. Tonight, you’ll be treated to dinner on board as you get to know your fellow travellers. Then, perhaps retire to the deck and relax under the stars.

Included Activities:
-Whitsunday Islands - Whitehaven Beach
-Whitsunday Islands - 3 day Sailing Excursion
-Whitsunday Islands - Snorkelling Equipemt

icon Day 3 : Whitsunday Islands
Location:

  Whitsunday Islands


Accommodation:

  Sailing Boat


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Today will again be spent at sea, exploring more of the area. Maybe do some more snorkelling and search out the marine mammals and tropical fish living amid the colourful coral. On our small yacht, you’ll be able to steer into more remote locations and snorkel in spots that are far away from the crowds. All meals today will be provided on the boat, so you can just kick back and relax on the deck.

Included Activities:
-Whitsunday Islands - Hill Inlet Lookout

icon Day 4 : Airlie Beach
Location:

  Airlie Beach


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


Today brings an end to your time on the boat, as you slowly make your way back to the mainland. On the way, you’ll stop at South Molle Island National Park, with an opportunity to stretch your legs on a hike. Enjoy views of the reef, rainforest and coastline as well as keeping an eye out for some of the beautiful birdlife on the island including rainbow lorikeets, currawongs and endangered bush stone curlews. After the hike, you’ll have worked up an appetite for lunch before you’ll continue to Airlie Beach where you’ll disembark at the marina. Head to your resort accommodation to check in and then enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Be sure to check with your leader if you’d like a recommendation of the best spots to try some local seafood and maybe even a few tropical cocktails!

Included Activities:
-Airlie Beach - South Molle National Park Hike
-Airlie Beach - South Molle Island Visit

icon Day 5 : Airlie Beach
Location:

  Airlie Beach


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast, you’ll head out on a day tour exploring majestic waterfalls and tropical flora and fauna. See white cedar trees, alexander palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and many species of birds. Your local guide will take you on an eco-walk to the top of the falls where you can climb over the rocks and take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, and then explore a secluded, white sandy beach. All the while, Australia’s native wildlife will be your only companions as you soak up the stunning views. For lunch, enjoy a delicious BBQ meal.

Included Activities:
-Airlie Beach - Guided Waterfall and Eco tour

icon Day 6 : Airlie Beach
Location:

  Airlie Beach


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Your tour ends after breakfast. Checkout isn’t until 11am, so you’re free to leave the hotel at your own leisure. If you have the time, feel free to stay longer and enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer – contact us to book post-trip accommodation.

What's Included

  • South Mole National Park Hike

  • Falls to Paradise Waterfall and Beach Tour

  • Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country

  • Meals

    5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (3), Boat (2)

  • Airlie Beach - Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country

  • Airlie Beach - South Molle National Park Hike

  • Whitsunday Islands - Whitehaven Beach

  • Whitsunday Islands - 3 day Sailing Excursion

  • Whitsunday Islands - Snorkelling Equipemt

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Accommodation

  • Hotel (3), Sailing boat (2)

Included Activities

  • Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country
  • South Mole National Park Hike
  • Falls to Paradise Waterfall and Beach Tour

Transport

  • Private vehicle , Sailing boat

Check out our Q&As

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are all entrance fees included in the price?

Yes, except optional activities

Are international flights included in this tour?

No

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

What policies are in place for Covid-19?

Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

    What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Intrepid Travel allows you to make 10 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 56 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Intrepid Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform intrepid travel, 56 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Intrepid Travel requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 56 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of intrepid travel charges.

    Up to 56 days before tour starts: 100% of deposit.

    At 55 days before tour starts: 30% of booking price.

    At 30 days before tour starts: 60% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: 100% of booking price.

  • COVID Protection

    If you contract COVID-19 before you leave, or if government-imposed travel restrictions related to COVID-19 mess up your plans, you can cancel your trip right up until the departure day.*

    *Some exclusions will apply. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

    Trips on or before 31 December 2022
    If your Intrepid trip starts on or before 31 December 2022, you must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.

    If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional.

    Children under 18 are exempt. Children aged between 5 and 17 years old must provide proof of either vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.

    Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards
    From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

    However, we continue to strongly recommend that all travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and other Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

    This policy excludes all Polar trips and select adventure cruises, where testing and vaccination remains a requirement. Please refer to the Essential Trip Information of your chosen tour for more details.

Whitsunday Islands Explorer

6 Days Starting and ending in Airlie Beach

Visiting:

Airlie Beach

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

PVKW

Group size:

1 - 16

Age range:

8-99 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

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