Air Whitsunday Seaplanes – Miles Above the Best
Air Whitsunday has evolved since its conception back in 1973 – with the energy and enthusiasm generated by Kevin and Sue Bowe – to provide an unsurpassed seaplane service to the region.
We have built upon our very beginning’s – still with the same intention – of providing you the opportunity to glimpse the enormity of the Great Barrier Reef; stretching over a curved horizon; to the glistening white silica sands of the famous Whitehaven Beach – all from the ultimate perspective of seaplane comfort.
Over the history of our 37 years trading we have been a growing, changing entity with a focus that has remained steadfast in providing specifically tailored scenic flights and Reef experience tours that take full advantage of this stunning area.
The discovery of “Heart Reef” in 1975 (now a Whitsunday feature of the international tourism market) by one of Air Whitsunday’s very own pilots has provided a focal point to our popular scenic flights and showcases the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Aptly the Heart Reef is a favourite for brochure shots and other colour promotional material for the Whitsundays.
What makes your seaplane experience with us so unique is the ability to provide – YOU – our guest, with some of the most breathtaking and memorable visuals provided by ‘Mother Nature’ from a bird’s eye perspective.
Not to go unmentioned is our exclusive snorkelling location inside Hardy Reef from our privately-owned and operated semi-submersible “Sundancer”. We cater to small numbers, adding a personalized touch, no crowds and the protection of this coral suspended lagoon to experience the myriad of fish life and vibrant corals from. All tours to this location are scheduled around a low tide, providing the first time snorkeler more confidence, while the more experienced can adventure and explore in this aquatic playground.
Not limited by our popular Reef tours and scenic flights; we are also able to provide our tours from a number of island destinations, including the five star resort of Hayman Island and Peppers Palm Bay. We also provide inter-island transfers and the prospect to connect with domestic flights.
The Whitsundays is a well established destination for bareboat chartering and complimenting the nature of our amphibious aircraft we can provide the idyllic opportunity of being collected from your yacht from selected locations – offering a truly indulgent experience.
Our small team is built upon passion, professionalism and providing our guests with the best experience possible! Beginning with our engineers who have spent much time developing and enhancing the aircraft to ensure your flight is a comfortable experience; our multi-talented pilots – foremostly for their piloting capabilities, who will also act as knowlegable reef guides and boat skippers; to our operations staff, who look forward to welcoming you with genuine enthusiasm and assisting to help make your experience top notch.
Today, with five operating aircraft; consisting of two DeHavilland Beavers, three Cessna Caravans and one other in its last stages of overhaul… we are proud to carry the banner of ‘largest seaplane operator in the Southern Hemisphere.’
Our hard work and dedication to tourism has been recently awarded by winning Best Tour and Transport Operator at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards for the past two consecutive years and in 2011 were awarded finalists in the same category at the Queensland Tourism Awards.