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The magnificent sights are the hallmark of a Whitsundays holiday.
The Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands to the north of Queensland are mostly the tips of submerged mountains. The entire area boasts of excellent beaches and crystal clear waters. To make the most of your holidays, sail around the islands and stop wherever you find an interesting hideaway. While the bigger islands have resorts, the smaller ones are mostly uninhabited.
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A trip to the Whitsundays isn’t complete without stepping foot on world-famous Whitehaven Beach, on the eastern half of uninhabited Whitsunday Island. Jump aboard our half day tour where you can laze in the sun on the beautiful white sands of one of the world’s best beaches. Pure white pristine silica sand and crystal clear waters make this a perfect destination for your day in the Whitsundays!
When in Airlie Beach there’s no question that you should make arrangements to sail around the Whitsunday islands. The port at Airlie Beach is actually one of the busiest in Australia, with numerous tours leaving each day.
Visiting the Great Barrier Reef is a must! There are many ways to experience this magnificent natural wonder. Whether you take a glass-bottom boat ride, visit an underwater observatory or swim and snorkel around the reef, you are in for an unforgettable day.
Your ship will usually anchor at Abel Point. From here, a regular tender and/or catamaran service will operate to Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach Ambassadors will be at the pier throughout the day to hand out maps and other useful tourist information.
A taxi rank is located on Shute Harbour Road, an approximate two-kilometre walk from the pier. There is also a shuttle service available for a small fee, payable as you board.
Whether you just want a great espresso, a tasty light snack or a gourmet meal, Airlie Beach has some excellent cafes and restaurants. You’ll find most of them located around the Waterfront on Shute Harbour Road (also known as The Esplanade).
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Airlie Beach has a range of stores and boutiques selling everything from tropical and outback clothing and high-end fashions to souvenirs, opal jewellery and designer goods.
Airlie Beach has a tropical climate. In summer it can be particularly hot and humid; however, refreshing rain showers help to cool things down a little bit, and there always seems to be a sea breeze out on the reef. Make sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones are located near the taxi rank on Shute Harbour Road. Mobile coverage is generally available. Internet cafes are available in Airlie Beach or WiFi is also available at some restaurants.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, an umbrella or waterproof jacket and bottled water. Don’t forget your swimming gear! Snorkelling equipment is available for hire or purchase onboard the ship.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in and around the Whitsundays. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
Coral is an extremely precious marine organism. In an effort to preserve its natural beauty and habitat please avoid touching it in all circumstances. During your time ashore we also ask that you dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.