Whitsunday scenic flights

The Whitsunday Islands on Queensland's tropical coast are the epitome of the perfect tropical island holiday destination and are synonymous with the image of paradise. The main islands lie directly between the Queensland Coast and The Great Barrier Reef to the east. One of the best ways to see them is on a scenic flight by seaplane from Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour.

A number of options are available - for a great overview of the islands, my pick is the 1-hour reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight; it takes in Whitsunday Islands, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Reef and Heart Reef. Other tours include landing at Whitehaven Beach, time aboard a glass bottomed boat viewing coral and snorkelling in a private sheltered lagoon.

A person favourite is the Air Whitsunday Reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight. This is the most comprehensive scenic flight on offer in the Whitsunday region taking in all the sights of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and over the Coral Sea to overpass Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hardy Lagoon and The River and of course scenic views directly over Heart Reef.

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Whilst flights in fixed wing aircraft are generally cheaper than helicopters, the latter allow a more detailed look at what you are flying over, especially if they are the bubble-type helicopter that are used in the Whitsundays. You can have a flight to your own private beach for a champagne picnic, or take the more traditional scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands, their inlets and fringing reefs. Nothing is quite like seeing the islands from the bubble of a helicopter - the view is like no other and the fact it can hover - be it to get close to a passing whale or so that photo you want is just right - is an added bonus.

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