As we soared high over the Great Barrier Reef, the water become even more vivid – 50 shades of blue. We see manta rays and sea turtles swimming below… my jaw drops. I might as well have just left it hanging there, mouth wide with wonder for the entirety of our time living in the Whitsundays…
Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, the 75 Whitsunday Islands are scattered throughout the Coral Sea, surrounded by calm waters that are perfect for sailing. The scenery is spectacular… almost too dynamic to put into words.
Only 7 of the islands have accommodation options – the rest are uninhabited and share a raw beauty that is extremely rare. We chose to stay near Airlie Beach, the main hub for exploring the islands. Our visit was during one of the hottest months of the year, and we surrendered to the humidity, accepting our sweaty state in paradise.
There are multiple tour options out of Airlie that will whisk you away to numerous stunning beaches and secluded bays, the finest and most famous being Whitehaven Beach. With 7 km of pure silica sand, Whitehaven is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Our Whitsundays experience was a dreamy one with dynamic views from many different perspectives. We took in the scenery by land, sea and sky, and we recommend you do the same. Bike the Airile boardwalk at sunset. Call HeliTaxi for some of the best aerial views of your life – you can even grab an epic transfer to Whitehaven Beach or Hamilton Island. Sail the calm waters with Cruise Whitsundays for a relaxing day with stunning views over the sea.
Because pictures speak louder than words, here are our favorite Whitsunday views to inspire your visit to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef!
Airlie Beach boardwalk at sunset.
Ariel view of The Great Barrier Reef.
HeliTaxi tour of the islands.
Sailing with Cruise Whitsudays
The soft, squeaky sand of Whitehaven Beach.
The famous ‘Heart Reef’.
The swirling sand of Hill Inlet on Whitehaven Beach.
If you’d like to take a deeper dive into the stunning scenery surrounding the Whitsunday Islands, click here for a video of our scenic HeliTaxi flight, or here for our sail to Whitehaven Beach!