Soak up the laid-back, tropical atmosphere of the coastal village of Airlie Beach. This vibrant town is filled with palm-fringed beaches, waterfront parks and alfresco dining restaurants. Walk down Shute Harbour Road, the main street and back bone of Airlie Beach that is lined with outdoor restaurants, cafes and bars. Airlie Beach is also the gateway to the Whitsundays, the 74 pristine islands in the north of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef where you can visit luxurious resorts and sip cocktails by the pool, bask in the sun or relax in a spa.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
As the ultimate way to enjoy Whitehaven Beach, this tour has been created to offer a select few guests the opportunity to fly in a luxury helicopter to the world famous destination.
A maximum of 3 guests per helicopter will fly over the natural highlights of the area before landing directly on the beach for the approximately 1 hour of free time to enjoy the water or go for a walk along the white squeaky sand.
This Whitehaven sampler will offer the very best in transport and destination. There is no better way to see the Whitsunday Islands than from a luxury chopper. The time on the iconic Whitehaven Beach is short and sweet but is long enough to enjoy a glass of bubbly and take a dip in to refreshing waters.
Please note: Guests must be able to get on and off the helicopter unassisted. Maximum weight for participants is 280 lbs. Amount of walking and level of exertion during free time is at guest’s discretion. Please wear your swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel from the ship and use suitable sun and foot protection. Closed rubber soled shoes are highly recommended. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.
Your tour begins by boarding a catamaran directly from the ship. Traveling to the Outer Reef, you will drop anchor and transfer to the pontoon which is designated for your exclusive use. Here, an underwater world of exquisite beauty, in the world's richest marine habitat, is waiting for you to discover.
During the approximately 2 hour transfer, as you make your way to the reef, morning tea and coffee will be served for your enjoyment. Other beverages are available for purchase onboard.
Once at the pontoon, you can choose from several activities included in your package. Step aboard a semi-submersible ride for breathtaking views of colorful fish and intricate coral reef gardens. The inviting aquamarine waters are sure to provide a tempting attraction for those wishing to swim with a mask (snorkel, mask, fins and flotation devices are provided). Optional scuba diving and special escorted snorkeling tours are available at an extra charge, as well as an assortment of souvenirs. Your pontoon conveniently offers an underwater viewing chamber so that you may view the beautiful coral and the magnificent array of fish without getting wet.
While you enjoy the reef, a buffet lunch will be set onboard the vessel for you to enjoy, as well as coffee and tea. Soft drinks, Australian wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Following approximately 2 1/2 to 3 hours at the pontoon, your catamaran will make the 2 hour return journey back to the ship.
Please note: This tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those prone to motion sickness. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their own level of ability.
Seas can be rough during the approximately 2-hour catamaran ride. All trips are subject to weather/tidal conditions. It is strongly recommended that guests wear a swimsuit, comfortable, flat, rubber-soled walking shoes and use proper sun protection. This tour is designated as non-smoking.
Guests must follow safety procedures outlined by staff members while participating in any of the reef activities. Guests who wish to snorkel will be asked to sign a waiver. Consumption of alcohol before or during water activities is not recommended. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.
Wetsuits and diving equipment are available for rent on site. Certified divers must bring C-Card & Log Book. All diving is subject to successful completion of a medical questionnaire. Certain medical conditions (asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure or certain medications) may exclude individuals from diving. The minimum age for diving is 12 years. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.
There are limited security lockers available on the catamaran or the pontoon. It is suggested that you bring along a credit card or Australian cash for purchasing optional items.
Experience the unique Australian wetlands of the coastal fringe on this full day adventure and enjoy a tasty Aussie BBQ lunch. You’ll find dangerous saltwater crocodiles living and breeding in the estuaries and see an array of birdlife.
Depart the pier and travel to the Proserpine River where you’ll be welcomed by the Crocodile Safari team. An approximately 2.5-hour Cruise takes you through the pristine crocodile country and tour the Melaleuca forest and mangrove ecosystem of the freshwater wetland habitat.
Relax with sound of nature as your background and enjoy an Aussie barbecue lunch at an outdoor campsite, followed by a ride on an open-air tractor drawn wagon train to explore the wetland habitat and Aussie mangroves.
After a day of exiting adventure, you’ll rejoin your coach for the transfer back to your ship.
Note: Tour has very limited participation and operates with a driver/guide. Although there is little walking on this tour, guests must be able to load and unload the coach, trolley and boat unassisted and manage some uneven natural surfaces and a few steps. Weather conditions tend to be hot and humid. Guests with mobility challenges are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable lose clothing appropriate for the weather, sun protection, insect repellent and closed toe shoes are recommended. Wildlife sightings, although likely, cannot be guaranteed.
Discover the “wild side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited Islands with beautiful scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. A small group allows you to experience a fun filled adventure and personalized service.
With the more adventurous traveler in mind, this tour offers an exhilarating fast ride on a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) to iconic Whitehaven Beach with special access to Hill Inlet Beach where you can experience the beauty of Hill Inlet’s spectacular shifting silica sands and the crystal clear Whitehaven water, the highlight of this tour.
Enjoy a guided walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout, taking in the picture perfect postcard views of the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a light casual lunch served on the beautiful silica sand beach of this iconic location where you may also encounter the rare estuarine stingray, soldier crabs and other marine life.
Please note: RIB travels at high speed and ride can be bumpy at times. Tour is not recommended for pregnant women, guests with back or neck problems or other physical limitations. Please wear your swimsuit under clothing, bring a towel from the ship and use suitable sun and foot protection. Closed rubber soled shoes are highly recommended. Participants are required to sign a waiver. Those who participate in water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and must know how to swim, be comfortable in the water and able to cope with occasional currents.
Explore the region by stepping back in time and experiencing the local sites on this leisurely tour. See interesting displays and the region's historic sugar and cattle industries at the Proserpine Historical Museum and learn the history of this area, from its first inhabitants to the early Europeans and post war settlers.
Leaving the pier, your tour heads to the Proserpine Historical Museum, located approximately 20 minutes inland from Airlie Beach and winner of several prestigious awards. Here you can relive the days when sugar was the area's lifeblood. You'll see exhibits highlighting the Whitsunday region's historic sugar and cattle industries, past wars and life in the area. You will also learn about the coffee industry which flourished in the late 1800's until it took a back seat to tea drinking. Now, coffee is back and is more popular than ever.
Continue on to visit Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, which farms 35 hectares of premium Arabica coffee. Here you will tour the plantation and enjoy a cup of coffee with a light snack.
On you return to Airlie Beach, you will enjoy a brief city sightseeing drive passing through Cannonvale as well as the local shopping district of Airlie Beach. You will have the option to disembark at the local markets to pick up some homemade souvenirs and then make your own way back to the pier.
Note: This tour operates with a driver/guide. Tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this.
Cruise the calm waters of Airlie Beach enjoying rum punch and snacks on this Fun in the Sun cruise. Live music and great scenery make for a perfect, relaxing experience.
Is a short walk from your ship to the awaiting fully covered catamaran, designed for socializing. For the next couple of hours, enjoy rum punch and snacks while listening to live tunes as you circumnavigate Pioneer Bay. Enjoy the friendly social atmosphere while you unwind and bask in the fantastic Whitsunday backdrop.
The vessel has very little draft so you will be able to get up close and personal to the many points of interest, including turtle spotting within Turtle Bay and a ship wreck off the beach.
Please note: Participants must be able to get on and off the boat unassisted. Casual island wear and comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.
Enjoy a relaxing and fun sightseeing tour of Airlie Beach by land and sea, on board an Aqua Bus! A bus that converts to a boat! Is a great way to see the waterfront and enjoy Airlie Beach from a different perspective.
Marvel at the clear waters of Airlie beach and surrounds. See the waterside properties, lush rain forests and palm-lined beaches. Marvel at the many yachts and boats lining up at the marina.
Then watch your boat tour become a bus tour right before your eyes, as you head out of the water onto land. Drive along main street, pass the many shops and resorts, the lagoon or the Whitsunday Sailing Club on you way back to the pier.
Don’t forget to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities.
Please note: This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Participants must be able to climb stairs to access the vehicle.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.