Departing daily, our seaplanes showcase the amazing expanse of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from above sea level before landing and transferring to our private semi- submersible at Hardy Reef to experience its beauty from below sea level. Enjoy two hours of coral viewing and snorkelling from the comfort of our glass bottom boat moored inside the calm confined waters of Hardy Lagoon; a coral suspended lagoon in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Easy access into the water from the rear platform of the vessel ensures passengers of all snorkelling skill levels can enjoy this exclusive reef location in ease. The vessel also has an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas and is equipped with all snorkelling equipment and flotation devices.

Groups are restricted to a maximum of 22 people to ensure that you receive the very best of Air Whitsunday’s friendly attention. Snorkelling assistance and tuition is provided. All ages and fitness levels are catered for. Limited numbers and exclusive use ensure small groups and dedicated service from your pilot. Miles Above The Rest!

FARES Adults $560  Child $440   Infants FOC
IMPORTANT INFORMATION Please read our Terms and Conditions including Cancellation Policy
TOUR REQUIREMENT  Min 4 pax  |  Max 10 pax (on aircraft), Max 22 (on glass-bottom boat)
DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Whitsunday Coast Airport, Lascelles Avenue, Gunyarra
PICK-UP Complimentary pick-up from your accommodation house near Airlie Beach
DEPARTURE TIME Varies daily as tide dependent
RETURN TIME 3 hours 20 minutes after departure
Tour times vary depending on aircraft utilised and if island pickups are included in the schedule
WEAR Swimwear, beach clothing, thongs or sand shoes and hat.
Transfers from/to Airlie Beach In flight commentary
Snorkeling equipment & tuition Australian sparkling wine
Glass bottom boat tour Fruit juice and spring water
Flotation devices Assortment of snacks and treats
Swimwear Prescription snorkelling mask if required
Towel Sunscreen
Sunglasses Hat
Camera Light jacket in Winter

Order of itinerary is dependant on tide.


Complimentary Pick-up from Airlie Beach area

One of our friendly staff members will meet you near or at your accommodation house in Airlie Beach area. During your comfortable 30 minute drive to the airport you will be asked to check-in and watch a safety video on iPad. Upon arrival to our terminal you will be provided a stinger suit.

Depart Whitsunday Coast Airport

As our aircraft are amphibious you will take off on the airport runway and then commence your scenic flight to the Great Barrier Reef. Take in the sights of Whitsunday hinterland, Conway National Park and Airlie Beach before flying between Hook Island and Hayman Island over to the dark blue depths of the Coral Sea. As you approach the Great Barrier Reef you will start to see the stunning azure shades and formations of Bait Reef, Hook Reef and Hardy Lagoon. Your pilot will then point out Heart Reef to you and perform aerial work atop of the Heart Reef to capture that picture perfect postcard shot. Then experience an exhilarating water landing as you dock alongside our private semi submersible vessel.

Arrive Great Barrier Reef

All tours to this private location are scheduled around low tide; being surrounded by a reef wall it creates a suspended coral lagoon for the aircraft to land. Our guests are able to take advantage of snorkelling, while rejuvenating in the refreshing waters amongst ancient coral gardens teeming with marine life. During low tide our location is only 2-6 metres deep providing the first time snorkeller with more confidence due to the comfortable conditions, while the more experienced can enjoy the abundance of sea life and coral that the added protection of the reef wall has provided.

Depart Great Barrier Reef

Say goodbye to our private lagoon as you take off again from the calm waters of Hardy Lagoon and commence the flight back to the airport. On the return flight you get to take in more views of the Great Barrier Reef along with Hayman Island the northern side of Hook Island and the Molle group of islands.

Return to Whitsunday Coast Airport

Whitsunday Tours Snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef
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Heart Reef
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
January 25, 2019

Wow!!!! There are no words for this tour!!

To Gus who was our pilot and to the staff…. A huge and very warm thank you for the experience of of lives that is so spectacular and beautiful that we will never forget it!
The photos are exactly what it looks like in person and the snorkelling was filled with enormous bright coloured coral and huge fish and we swam right past a few sharks! It was extraordinary!!

Gus was an incredible pilot and very friendly and a great host for all of us and the wine was a wonderful touch! Riding in the cockpit was a fabulous experience and I would recommend this tour to everyone!

This is the far the most colourful corals I have seen and we will be back next year and hopefully every year! Everyone should do this and the price was great! Worth every cent!!!

Thankyou so much for making this the absolute highlight of of our holiday!

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