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Whitsunday Islands Explorer

Airlie Beach


The tropical Whitsundays are the true definition of paradise
Secluded palm-fringed beaches, hidden waterfalls, and crystal-clear waters. The Whitsunday Islands are a dream holiday destination for lovers of the sun and sea. This adventure will take you from the coastal town of Airlie Beach out into the turquoise ocean of the Whitsundays on board a comfortable cruising yacht. Spend time exploring some of the stunning islands within the archipelago, snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef and appreciating the unique tropical nature, wildlife, and culture of the area. But most of all, just relax and enjoy yourself – you’re in paradise!
Departure Dates: Multiple dates available between Dec 2021 - Dec 2022

Nights: 5 Nights
Was: $2,620 | NOW From$1799*pp Twin share | Ask us about solo traveller pricing 
Tour operated by: Intrepid

Flexi Pledge:
Travel local with peace of mind - $99 deposits, the ability to change your dates or to cancel up until 48 hours before departure^

  • Total of 11 meals; 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transport; Private vehicle, Sailing boat
  • Accommodation; Hotel 3 nights, Sailing boat 2 nights
Included activities:
  • Airlie Beach - Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country
  • Whitsunday Islands - Whitehaven Beach
  • Whitsunday Islands - 3 day Sailing Excursion
  • Whitsunday Islands - Snorkelling Equipemt
  • Whitsunday Islands - Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Airlie Beach - South Molle National Park Hike
  • Airlie Beach - South Molle Island Visit
  • Airlie Beach - Guided Waterfall and Eco tour
Why you'll love this trip
  • Spend two nights aboard a comfortable cruising yacht, visiting various Whitsunday Islands and snorkelling off the boat.
  • Witness a welcome to country and a short talk about the history and culture talk of the Whitsundays from a local member of the Ngaro family.
  • Enjoy a hike on South Molle Island, where you’ll have stunning views on the reef, rainforest, and local tropical birdlife.
  • Join an eco-walk with a local guide, learning about tropical flora and fauna, then climbing to the top of a waterfall where you can take a refreshing dip in the natural rock pools.
Is this trip right for you?
  • As the some of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed.
  • This trip visits some amazing beaches along the way. Please consider your swimming competency before getting in the water.
  • Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sunscreen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated.


Day 1 - Airlie Beach

Welcome to the Airlie Beach, the stunning gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take your time today making your way to check in to your hotel, before meeting your local leader and group for a short welcome meeting at 4pm in the hotel foyer. From here, you’ll head out along the coast for a stroll into Airlie Beach, where you’ll be greeted by a local member of the Ngaro family. They will welcome you to country and provide you with an overview of the culture and history of the magnificent Whitsundays that you’re about to explore. Your local leader will then take you on a short orientation walk of the town, before you have the evening to yourselves. Get to know your fellow travellers with a welcome dinner of quality local food, then maybe head to one of Airlie Beach’s quirky bars to chat over a drink.
Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities:
Airlie Beach - Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Whitsunday Island

Today we board a cruising yacht, which will be your home for the next two nights, and set sail into the tropical waters surrounding the Whitsundays. Your afternoon will be spent at sea, where you can enjoy your time on board unwinding with a good book or chatting with your travel buddies. Or maybe try your hand at sailing, by helping the crew hoist the sails and steer the boat. We’ll plan our two days according to the weather and your group’s preference, with stops for snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, with all gear provided, and exploring the islands. Visit the stunning Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the best beaches in Australia. A short bushwalk inland will take you to the equally famous Hill Inlet Lookout for a gorgeous view of the beach below and the swirling sands of Hill Inlet. The swirling sands are created by the ever-changing tides, which leave behind a kaleidoscope of blue and white. Tonight, you’ll be treated to dinner on board as you get to know your fellow travellers. Then, perhaps retire to the deck and relax under the stars.

Day 3 - Whitsunday Islands

Today will again be spent at sea, exploring more of the area. Maybe do some more snorkelling and search out the marine mammals and tropical fish living amid the colourful coral. On our small yacht, you’ll be able to steer into more remote locations and snorkel in spots that are far away from the crowds. All meals today will be provided on the boat, so you can just kick back and relax on the deck.

Day 4 - Airlie Beach

Today brings an end to your time on the boat, as you slowly make your way back to the mainland. On the way, you’ll stop at South Molle Island National Park, with an opportunity to stretch your legs on a hike. Enjoy views of the reef, rainforest and coastline as well as keeping an eye out for some of the beautiful birdlife on the island including rainbow lorikeets, currawongs and endangered bush stone curlews. After the hike, you’ll have worked up an appetite for lunch before you’ll continue to Airlie Beach where you’ll disembark at the marina. Head to your resort accommodation to check in and then enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Be sure to check with your leader if you’d like a recommendation of the best spots to try some local seafood and maybe even a few tropical cocktails!

Day 5 - Airlie Beach

After breakfast, you’ll head out on a day tour exploring majestic waterfalls and tropical flora and fauna. See white cedar trees, alexander palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and many species of birds. Your local guide will take you on an eco-walk to the top of the falls where you can climb over the rocks and take a refreshing dip in the natural pools, and then explore a secluded, white sandy beach. All the while, Australia’s native wildlife will be your only companions as you soak up the stunning views. For lunch, enjoy a delicious BBQ meal.

Day 6 - Airlie Beach

Your tour ends after breakfast. Checkout isn’t until 11am, so you’re free to leave the hotel at your own leisure. If you have the time, feel free to stay longer and enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer – contact us to book post-trip accommodation.

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Prices are per person based on twin share, land only and include all savings. Prices are correct as at 24 November 2021 and subject to availability until confirmed. *From price is based on 15 Dec 2021 departure date. Surcharge applies to other departure dates. Itinerary may be subject to change. Intrepid reserves the right, to modify or cancel any holiday (definite or not), accommodation, in-destination activity or arrangement at any time. Additional/optional experiences are available on your holiday and can be purchased for an extra charge during your holiday. Tips/gratuities are included for services on guided holidays, except to your Motorcoach  Driver and Travel Director (and your Local Host and Local Guides) whose tips/gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis at the end of your holiday. Included tips/gratuities cover all services provided by dining-room waiters, housekeeping staff and porters at hotels. Some holidays are based on a minimum number of persons travelling. If a holiday fails to satisfy minimum numbers, the holiday may be cancelled or rescheduled. Intrepid strives to improve holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; accommodation may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. We will try to notify you of changes. Please contact us for full terms and conditions.

^Unless otherwise specified in these Flexi Pledge terms and conditions below, our Booking Conditions shall apply to your trip. Flexi Pledge applies to domestic Intrepid Travel trips in Australia (except trips in Western Australia) and New Zealand, booked by 31 December 2021 and departing until 31 December 2021. The Flexi Pledge terms and conditions apply to domestic travellers only. The Flexi Pledge excludes bookings for trips travelling in Western Australia, Urban Adventures, Tailor-made Experiences and Intrepid Drives product. Flexi Pledge Deposit: You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $AUD99 per person, per trip, for any Australia or New Zealand trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is due at least 28 days prior to departure. If your booking is within 28 days full payment is due at time booking. Flexi Pledge change policy: You can change the date of your trip up to 28 days prior to departure and no change fee will be incurred. Flexi Pledge cancellation policy: Cancellation by the customer: You can cancel your trip up to 28 days prior to departure and Intrepid will hold the money on file as a future travel credit with no expiry date. You can cancel 27 days or prior to departure and Intrepid will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with the booking You can cancel your trip up to 48 hours prior to departure if the cancellation is due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, (supported by a medical certificate) or you can no longer physically get to the location of the trip due to an internal border closure or government–imposed travel restrictions. In such instances Intrepid will hold 100% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking as a future travel credit with no expiry date.

*Please note - cancellations outside of business hours may incur fees. 

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