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.
- Airlie Beach
- Kingfisher Bay (Fraser Island)
- Norfolk Island
- Penneshaw (Kangaroo Island)
- Perth (Fremantle)
- Phillip Island
- Thursday Island
- Whitsunday Island
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
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.
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.