You can hear all the statistics (the Great Barrier Reef covers over 2,600 kilometers), but until you get up in the air on a scenic flight it is really difficult to truly grasp the true scale of the Great Barrier Reef.
We partner with a few tour operators to provide you with an amazing scenic flight experience:
Air Whitsundays offers half day panoramic flights from Whitehaven to the main Great Barrier Reef and specific location flights (to their private lagoon). On most flights you also have the opportunity to snorkel.
HeliReef offers a variety of scenic helicopter tours over and to the Great Barrier Reef. Their popular Reef Discovery tour takes you to Reefworld, where you can experience coral viewing and snorkeling at its best. Their Heart Reef Escapade flies over the popular Heart Reef with a stopover snorkel at Langford Reef.
Ocean Rafting provides a shorter scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef – a perfect addition to your stay in Airlie Beach. Take a one hour scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach, with commentary of each area by your knowledgeable pilot.