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Whitehaven and Reef by Seaplane or Helicopter

Take flight over the Great Barrier Reef by seaplane or helicopter and land in paradise.

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Aerial of boat leaving trail in water in front of Whitehaven Beach as part of qualia scenic flight experience

Whitehaven and Reef by Seaplane or Helicopter

Experience the incredible and unique geography of the region with an exciting scenic flight by helicopter or seaplane over the Whitsundays. Take in the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef, plus the magnificent Hill Inlet, before landing on Whitehaven Beach for a chance to soak up the sun and swim in the crystal clear waters. The aerial views of the iconic Australian natural world are breathtaking and one of the most beautiful memories of any flight.

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Features at a Glance

What You'll Love
  • See the icons of the region from the air, including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach
  • Land on Whitehaven Beach for a swim, snorkel and explore
What to Bring
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Swimmers
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm light jacket
  • Flat soled shoes
  • VIP return transfers to Hamilton Island Air for the seaplane tour
  • VIP return transfers from the Long Pavilion to the private qualia helipad for the helicopter tour
  • 2-hour tour
  • 1.5-hours on Whitehaven Beach (seaplane tour)
  • 1-hour on Whitehaven Beach (helicopter tour)
  • Chilled sparkling wine and water
Opening Hours

Operates daily, times vary.

Pricing and Bookings

Reef and Beach Explorer by seaplane - $600 per person
(minimum numbers apply)

Heart Reef and Whitehaven Stopover by helicopter - $730 per person
(minimum numbers apply)

qualia gourmet picnic hamper available at an additional cost. Please organise directly with qualia guest services.

Pre-booking is required. Please contact our qualia luxury concierge to confirm booking and catering arrangements on guestservices@qualia.com.au or +61 7 4948 9222.


This information should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time.


Click here for Terms and Conditions
Availability is weather dependent and subject to change at the discretion of the operator. For cancellations outside of 24hrs there is no cancellation fee. Cancellations during business hours before 7pm the day prior, 50% of the ticket will be forfeited. Cancellations anytime after 7pm the day before the tour 100% of the ticket will be forfeited.

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