9 jaw-dropping Whitsunday Islands experiences
Jaw, meet floor. Get well acquainted; by the time you’re done with the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, you’re going to be old friends.
Look, we do happen to think that the Whitsunday Islands are all jaw-dropping, all the time, no matter what kind of experience you choose.
BUT there’s ‘oh, it was so jaw-dropping’ and then there’s the OMG, action-packed, floating ocean massages, hurling yourself from a seaplane, and nibbling on gourmet picnics kind of jaw-dropping. And that’s not even the half of it!
From bird’s-eye Barrier Reef views to beachside bubbles, this is your guide to kickin’ it boss-style in the Whitsunday Islands.
Like a Bird
Make like our winged friends for a view of the Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsundays with serious jaw-to-floor cred. Hop on a chopper ride over the reef with Heli Taxis, who fly to Whitehaven Beach daily for picnics, swim stops, and proposals as well as over the iconic Heart Reef. Your #nofilter use will be off the hook.
Seaplane + Picnic
All the white sandy beaches of the world want to be Whitehaven, so of course you should want to be there too. Add a picnic into the mix for a romance game that’s too strong to beat. Arriving by seaplane? Well, that’s just gravy, baby. Check out Air Whitsundays who have special tours and charters available for booking year round.
Get a peek at Heart Reef while you’re in the air for even more loved-up feels. If you’re after even more seclusion (a regular Casanova, eh?), then ask at your resort, or when you book your seaplane, for all the goss’ on where is best. The Whitehaven Funseeker by Seaplane leaves from Hamilton Island Airport, who can arrange transfers from all the hotels.
Throwing yourself out of a plane is the epitome of jaw-dropping i.e. it’s a tad hard to avoid when you’re casually screaming as you free-fall to the azure below.
Grab your crew and hit the skies with Skydive Airlie Beach for stunning views with a serious dose of adrenalin.
Liveaboard a luxe sailing cruise or overnighter
You can’t visit the Whitsunday Islands without jumping on board a sailing vessel of some kind, and the overnight, luxury variety are the perfect way to try your hand at the seafaring life, in the classiest way possible. Don your best sailing linen, hum a sea-themed ditty to yourself and kick back with a vino in hand.
A Cruise for Couples by Whitsundays Sailing Adventures is great if you want to dial up the romance with minimal shipmates, but if it’s millionaire-style luxury you seek (who doesn’t?) then check out Luxury Boat Charters, Wings, Cruise Whitsundays, Sunset Sailing School or Cumberland Charter Yachts.
qualia Quality Time
If you’re even toying with hitting the Whitsunday Islands in style, then qualia is a given. You could spend a lifetime at this island resort perfecting your R-E-L-A-X-E-D form and never get bored.
The Long Pavilion and Pebble Beach restaurants will keep you fed and watered as you wander from spa treatment to luxury villa back to more pinch-me-I’m-dreaming experiences than you can count. Board qualia’s exclusive yacht Atomic for sundowners like a rockstar. #sunsetbliss
In our opinion, tropical holidays = plenty of time lounging around on beaches with just a good book (and some sunscreen, of course) and perhaps a cocktail or two. Lucky for you, The Whitsundays’ many beaches (there are 74 islands, so that’s A LOT of sandy strips) are next level. Off the charts, in fact. From Catseye Beach, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven to Chalkies Beach, consider your jaw officially dropped.
Golf on Dent Island
Tee time never looked so damn beautiful; a cheeky round at Hamilton Island Golf Club — Australia’s only championship island golf course — is bucket-list worthy, even if you don’t like golf.
Pros can get their fix with the 18-hole expert course but if calling “fore” down the fairway isn’t your idea of fun, then the Golf & Spa Package is the best way to dip your toes into both worlds. Being non-committal is okay when you’re on holiday.
Take the adrenaline down a notch from skydiving without compromising on the fun and try your hand at parasailing on Hamilton Island.
Heck, just turn it into a ‘spa crawl’, hit all of the options and see how many treatments you can fit into one day. What are holidays for but switching off, after all?
Sit back with this little snippet of jaw-dropping Whitsunday goodness.
So, what are you waiting for? Treat yo’ self to an island holiday.
Have you been to the Whitsunday Islands yet?
*This post was originally published in 2016 and updated in March 2018.