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Daydream Island: 6-Hour Whitsunday and Whitehaven Cruise

1. Daydream Island: 6-Hour Whitsunday and Whitehaven Cruise

Cruise to Whitehaven Beach, one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, on this 6-hour cruise. You will depart early in the morning on a high-speed vessel for a cruise through the Whitsunday Islands to be the first on the beach. Alternatively, you can choose to depart later in the day to enjoy a sunset cruise home. Morning tea will be served depending on the option selected. You will board your Whitehaven vessel for a scenic cruise to this magnificent beach. Your cruise vessel has expansive seating areas both inside and out, and your friendly skipper will provide an informative commentary on the history and natural wonders of the area. You will be free to sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a wine or beer, and marvel at the 74 Island Wonders of the Whitsundays, starting with views of Passage Peak and the imposing Pentecost Island. The waters of Solway Passage will lead you to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, a definite "must see" in the Whitsundays. You can prepare to be dazzled by the breathtaking beauty and vivid white sand of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This uninhabited island is one of Australia's true gems. Once there, you can choose to wander along the beach to your own secluded stretch, laze on the sand, or cool off in the azure waters. You'll spend 1.5 to 2 hours at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach, before making the beautiful journey back to Airlie Beach.

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Daydream Island: Full-Day Whitsundays Catamaran Sailing

2. Daydream Island: Full-Day Whitsundays Catamaran Sailing

Discover the Whitsunday Islands National Park and beautiful Whitehaven Beach on this 10-hour cruise. You will sit onboard a spacious deck in the sun whilst enjoying refreshments and morning tea. Upon arriving at the famous Whitehaven Beach, you'll see the Hill Inlet lookout, one of the most photographed locations in Australia. From here you will enjoy a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday's traditional owners, the Ngaro people. Your guide will lead you right to the lookout where you will be greeted by that picture postcard view. You can learn about the history, flora, and stories, from the informative displays along the way that provide an insight into this picturesque area. You will then spend the rest of your day snorkeling alongside loggerhead turtles and stingrays on the turquoise inner reef. Later, you can tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments served throughout the day are all included. Award-winning Airlie Beach restaurants will be your caterers for the cruise, which is licensed to serve beer and wine from 11:00AM. You can enjoy afternoon tea before the thrill of sailing on the way home, as you reminisce on your perfect day in paradise.

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Daydream Island: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour

3. Daydream Island: Outer Great Barrier Reef Full-Day Tour

Depart from Daydream Island on a full-day Great Barrier Reef adventure aboard a fully-equipped luxury vessel where you can swim, snorkel, and dive to explore the stunning beauty of the marine fauna below. Cruise through the Whitsundays on a high-speed, luxury vessel. Enjoy morning tea as you pass by deserted islands, secluded bays and beaches en route to the outer Great Barrier Reef.  Enjoy the vessel’s spacious lounges, full air-conditioning, huge outside view decks and a duo of bars that will gladly serve you your favorite refreshment, including both alcohol and soft drinks. Arrive at the permanently-moored, spacious and innovative pontoon on the outer Great Barrier Reef. The water quality and diverse marine life are unrivaled.  Meet hundreds of fish species and admire a variety of hard and soft coral. This makes for unbelievable snorkeling and diving if you wish (if upgrade option selected).  Spend the time as you please: make use of the undercover seating and tables, sun decks to top up your tan, freshwater showers and changing rooms. Visit the underwater chamber if you prefer to see the underwater world below without getting wet. Take a ride on a semi-submersible boat.  Indulge in a delicious tropical-style buffet lunch and drinks from the bar as you please (at an extra cost). The return journey back to Daydream is a beautiful end to the day.

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Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island

4. Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island

Your day begins with a cruise to Whitehaven Beach, where you can wander along the 4 mile (7km) shoreline – beachcombing, bushwalking and wading in warm, crystal-clear water. Then cruise to Daydream Island, where you’ll enjoy a two-course lunch. The afternoon is yours to explore the island or relax by the pool. Make time to experience the Living Reef, one of the most unique attractions in Queensland, with a stop at the Living Reef Centre to learn more about tropical marine life.

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Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Islands Hopper Pass

5. Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Islands Hopper Pass

Hop between Airlie Beach, Daydream Island, and Hamilton Island using the Island Hopper Pass, which gives you unlimited 1-day access to the islands’ passenger ferries. Enjoy the flexibility to explore each location on your own time, stop for a swim, lunch or just relax; the choice is yours. Get complimentary use of Hamilton Island’s resort areas and pools and their shuttle bus service. See the live fish-feeding show at 10 AM daily at Daydream Island’s Living Reef and also get complimentary access to the island’s resort areas and pools. Remember: unless you’ve got your accommodation booked, don’t miss the last boat.

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From Airlie Beach: Twin Island Day Trip

6. From Airlie Beach: Twin Island Day Trip

Enjoy a day exploring the Whitsunday Islands, featuring Hamilton Island and the Daydream Island. The first stop on your island-hopping adventure is Daydream Island, where you can enjoy one of the most unique attractions in Queensland, the Living Reef coral lagoon. Wander around the resort or take a dip in the pool before watching the sharks and stingrays in action at the fish feeding show. After spending time on Daydream Island, enjoy a short cruise to Hamilton Island for a delicious lunch at Marina Tavern. Enjoy great food and sweeping views of the marina. After lunch, explore the island by foot or with the complimentary Island Shuttle service. Try and visit One Tree Hill to catch some incredible views of the Whitsunday Islands. Cool off in the resort pool afterwards, complete with a swim-up bar and ocean outlook, or take a walk along famous Catseye Beach.

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Daydream Island: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Experience

7. Daydream Island: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef Experience

Day 1: Travel on a high-speed, comfortable vessel 39 nautical miles from shore to the reef. The approximately 3-hour trip to the destination counts as its own sightseeing adventure, and you can even spot whales at certain times of the year. Following your journey, arrive to the permanently moored pontoon on Hardy Reef – one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef. This area sits above a coral wall, home to an ecosystem of magnificent coral and marine life which runs adjacent to the pontoon. The hundreds of fish species at Hardy Reef are bound to surprise and delight you - particularly the giant groper.   Explore the reef all day by swimming, snorkeling, and more. Curb your hunger with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch, and as dusk approaches, watch for turtles who nibble at the seaweed around the pontoon. Watch the sun set while you sip your sun-downer, and watch as the reef comes to life in the darkness of the night. That evening, enjoy a delicious gourmet dinner and full use of the bar. Gaze at a gazillion starts from your comfortable bed set-up on the top deck of the pontoon. On a clear night you can sleep with the cover open, allowing for just you, the sea air, and the stars. Finally, relax as the tranquility of being in the middle of the ocean lulls you to sleep. Day 2: Begin your day with a breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast, and cereal, accompanied by coffee and tea. Following breakfast, spend more time exploring the reef, snorkeling before the day boat arrives. Giant Maori Wrasse, spectacular coral formations, tropical fish, turtles, and reef sharks might make an appearance, and you can choose to visit the underwater viewing chamber to look at the coral from the comfort of our semi-submersible vessel. Following that, head back to shore where you return to the Port of Airlie by approximately 6:10PM.

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What people are saying about Daydream Island

Great way to experience Whitehaven beach, in half a day. Well organized and on the beach itself, it was great to have access to a SUP, kids toys and a bar. Boat trip might seem a bit long but it is worth it, plus you see things along the way.

AMAZING experience overall!! I’m not sure if they are understaffed but staff could be a little more accommodating sometimes felt like an inconvenience when asking for a drink if they were busy doing other things

whitehaven lives up to it's high reputation. a must for those visiting area. Daydream Island provided a very good 4 hour visit. Excellent lunch and faculties.

Awesome day! Great lunch especially the tuna salad. Big thanks for all your help with my injured ankle.

Can’t recommend highly enough. Kids and I had the most amazing time