Air Whitsunday Seaplanes has been proudly providing seaplane tour services to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands since 1973 with some of the most breathtaking and memorable experiences provided by Mother Nature.

Over four decades operating history, Air Whitsunday has grown and evolved into an iconic business that concerns itself with providing excellence and a memorable luxury experience to all our guests.

What can our guests experience?

An all-inclusive way to enjoy the best of the Whitsundays from the air, under water and on land

Our seaplanes showcase the expanse of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Whitsunday Islands National Park from the air, on the land and under the water. Our guests can tailor their experience with numerous exclusive tour options. With a choice to go snorkeling and coral viewing within our private reef location; to visit the secluded southern end of Whitehaven Beach or to take in the world-famous sites of these locations from the air. We also run day tours to Palm Bay Resort and seaplane transfers to Paradise Cove at Woodwark Bay.

Snorkeling in a private coral lagoon inside the Great Barrier Reef

Air Whitsunday is the only company operating its glass bottom vessels inside the Hardy Lagoon, located three miles from the Heart Reef.

From the comfort of our two vessels, “Sundancer” and “Coral Dancer” our guests can enjoy two hours of coral viewing and snorkeling. The vessels feature rear platforms to ensure easy access into the water for passengers of all ages and skill levels. Both vessels also have an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas and are equipped with all snorkeling gear and flotation devices. All tours to our private location are scheduled around low tide; which allows the coral wall to be suspended above the water line. In turn, this creates a safe and tranquil landing location for our aircraft and drastically minimises the effects of ocean currents. During the low tide, the lagoon is approximately 2-6 meters deep providing a protected and safe environment for snorkelers of all skill levels including children.

Flying atop the famous Heart Reef with the company who discovered this Whitsunday icon

We pride ourselves in being the discoverers of this natural wonder that is now a Whitsunday feature within the tourism market and one of the ‘bucket list sights’ for many travelers around the globe.

Heart Reef can only be truly appreciated from an aerial perspective, as it is unidentifiable as a heart shape at sea level. All our flights that include the Great Barrier Reef feature views of the Heart Reef. Our pilots perform two orbits of this focal point to ensure guests seated on either side of the aircraft get to view the Whitsunday icon with ease.

Seaplanes that offer a luxurious and fast way of travelling

As our aircraft are amphibious, we can land on sealed and non-sealed runways as well as open water which allows us as an operator to provide a wider range of tours and transport services.

The AWS fleet is available for private charter tours and tailored itineraries as well as transfers between mainland and island destinations, including Palm Bay Resort, Heaven’s Gate private mansion (Cape Gloucester) and Paradise Cove Resort (Ride to Paradise Resort) providing an efficient and picturesque means of transport among the Whitsunday Islands and mainland locations.

The Whitsundays is a well-established destination for bareboat chartering and complementing the nature of our amphibious aircraft, Air Whitsunday provides the opportunity of being collected from a yacht in various anchorage locations – offering a truly indulgent experience.

Small groups and personal service

We cater to only small numbers of guests on all tours, assuring dedicated and detailed service creates a personalised experience for every passenger.

Our aircraft accommodate maximum numbers of six or ten passengers on board, while our two coral viewing vessels have the capacity for up to ten and twenty guests respectively. These small group numbers allow us to create an enjoyable atmosphere and private approach to all guests.

Making our guests feel valued and welcomed is one of our key priorities. All of our staff members starting from reservation to the pilots make sure that our guests feel comfortable and safe at all times during their experience.

A unique range of tours suitable for all clientele

We have six award-winning touring options, ensuring a product mix suitable for all clientele. All tours include comprehensive in-flight commentary.

Find your seaplane tour

Panorama Tour

Experience it all on the Panorama.

Reef Adventure

Visit our private coral lagoon.

Panorama Express

See the reef and visit Whitehaven.

Reef and Whitehaven Scenic

See it all from seaplane comfort.

Whitehaven Experience

Visit world famous Whitehaven Beach.

Palm Bay Escape

Visit a tropical island for the day.