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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

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Overview
This signature scenic flight includes an amazing view of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Included is the iconic Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Your pilot/guide will show you this stunning region, pointing out notable landmarks, as well as explain important moments in history. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
Highlights
  • Guaranteed window seats for stunning aerial views of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Live on-board commentary ensures you don’t miss anything
  • Multiple departures throughout the day: choose a time that suits you
  • Hassle-free: hotel pickup and round-trip transfers from Airlie Beach 
What to Expect
Begin your adventure with pickup from your Airlie Beach hotel and a short transfer to Whitsunday Airport. Arrive early for the flight briefing and to meet your pilot, then take your guaranteed window seat inside the high-wing aircraft and prepare for takeoff. Once airborne, soar over the Coral Sea, gazing out over the reefs, islands, and cays that make up the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Great Barrier Reef. Listen as your pilot points out memorable landmarks such as Hill Inlet, Heart Reef, and Whitehaven Beach, one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. From your lofty vantage point, you have a dramatic bird’s-eye view as you glide over Daydream Island and swoop low over Shute Harbour. On the flight, fly over the entire expanse of the Whitsunday Islands, including Hook Island, Hayman Island, Hamilton Island, and Whitsunday Island, as well as Hook Reef and Hardy Reef. When you touch down back at Whitsunday Airport, a driver waits to take you back to your Airlie Beach hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
384 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
Duration
1h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • In-flight pilot commentary
  • Guaranteed window seats
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Subject to availability) Contact GSL for more information 07 4946 9097
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please provide hotel information if you are not making your own way to Whitsunday Airport
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers (Ages 3+)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Weight restrictions apply on all flights. 125kg max per passenger.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The flight was absolutely amazing. Went up in a Cessna caravan piloted by Peter who is highly skilled. We got great views of the local area, Whitsundays and the barrier reef. Peter was providing good commentary and facts during the flight too. The whole tour was organised well
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Response from Airlie O, Front Office Manager at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 6 days ago
Hi there, Thank you for your wonderful review. Peter and Jenni are fantastic employees. We are so happy you had an incredible time. The Whitsundays and GBR are definitely a must-do whilst in Australia, especially from the sky. We hope to see you again sometime soon to enjoy one of our many other fantastic products in the Whitsundays. We hope you got to take lots of great photos to show off - don't forget to tag us so we can see how much fun you had with us. Thank you again for your fantastic review. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, GSL Whitsundays
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We are from P&O Ships Pacific Dawn Crew and it was a great opportunity to go on the reef and scenic flight to the great barrier reef. To be honest it was breathtaking to witness such a spectacular view of the heart of the reef, Hamilton island, whiteheavn and airlie beach. To
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Response from Airlie O, Front Office Manager at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 6 days ago
Hi there, Thank you for your wonderful review. This is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially flying over the Heart Reef and the stunning Great Barrier Reef. We hope you got to take lots of great photos to show off - don't forget to tag us so we can see how much fun you had with us. Thank you again for your fantastic review. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, GSL Whitsundays
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The trip was amazing and the women who drove us to and from airlie was also amazing! I can’t remember her name, but I think it was Jenni
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Response from Airlie O, Front Office Manager at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 6 days ago
Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. Jenni is fantastic, we will pass on your kind words. We are so grateful for your kind words. We look forward to having you travel with us again in the future. Kind Regards GSL Whitsundays
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We went on the panoramic flight, and it was awesome. The view is beautiful, the staf so nice! Thank you so much for this experience. I do recommend!
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Response from Airlie O, Front Office Manager at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 6 days ago
Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. We hope you got to take lots of great photos to show off - don't forget to tag us so we can see how much fun you had with us. We are so grateful for your kind words. We look forward to having you travel with us again in the future. Kind Regards GSL Whitsundays
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It is shame to find out that you fly all the way from US to board this famous fly to tour Great Barrier Reef and could not take one single nice picture without the airplane structure. I was assigned on ROW-2 and my view was blocked by the plane. My plane has 6 rows, each row
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Response from Airlie O, Front Office Manager at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 6 days ago
Hi, Thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. Our aircraft seating allocation is done based on the passenger's weight by the pilots and an aviation program. As you can see on other reviews, we put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority. It was an uncommon instance the seating was changed last minute and we will be sure to look further into this matter with our staff. We would appreciate another chance to make your experience better. We sincerely hope to see you again in the future. Kind Regard GSL Whitsundays
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By: GSL Aviation
adelathouwer
Brisbane, Australia
10
Grand Barrier Reef - flight
It was breathtaking! So amazing to have the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef. But we would like to stay more
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David S
Sydney, Australia
8645
Good but could be better
Flight was fantastic with only 1 exception. Unfortunately, the audio /pa system in the plane was 100% useless. We
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johncb1963
Hamilton, Canada
22
Great Barrier Reef Flight
GSL was amazing right from the person booking our flight in Airlie Beach to the shuttle bus driver to the pilot
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James C
10
Wow! Truly amazing.
The flight was absolutely amazing. Went up in a Cessna caravan piloted by Peter who is highly skilled. We got
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Laura P
Zaragoza, Spain
102
Amazing experience
Amazing experience to live. We booked on the same day and they were quick and efficient. The pilot was really nice
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Andrew K
Australia
4718
The best scenic flight ever.
We are from P&O Ships Pacific Dawn Crew and it was a great opportunity to go on the reef and scenic flight to the
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Kaylee Flavel
10
Amazing view would recommend doing when in the area!
Luke and Jenni were amazing and very friendly made everyone feel comfortable and have a laugh! I would highly
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aus719
Melbourne, Australia
10
Beautiful Trip
Good I am quite pleased with the trip. The staff is very helpful and patient. He let us enjoy the beautiful view
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Parnvard A
10
best day of my life
I was travel alone in this trip it was a really nice weather with a great service they will pick you up and drive
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DaveSymm
Sydney, Australia
94
Amazing
The trip was amazing and the women who drove us to and from airlie was also amazing! I can’t remember her name,
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