Sea and water events



ABS Watersports and Ski
Cannonvale end of Airlie Beach, on the beach. Hires out a wide variety of ski, Hobbie cat, jet ski and sea kayak equipment. I think their mobile number is 0412 453 138
Motor day trip on inflatable, 9:30 a.m. Shute Harbour, returns 3:45 p.m. cruise, up to 30 knots, lunch on Whitehaven Beach, snorkel, dive. PO Box 1066, Airlie Beach 4802 07 4946 7777 fax (07) 4946 6941
Baby J
Motor day trip, to Whitehaven Beach and Mantaray Bay, twin 200 HP engines, cruising up to 60 kph, snorkelling, picnic lunches. 17 guests. Jay and Sarah Grant. (07) 4946 6848 AH (07) 4946 1564 mobile 0412 96 2727
Banana Winds
Two hour champagne and sunset cruise, with a cheese and fruit platter, while you view the nightscape of Airlie Beach. Seven nights a week. In Wintertime leaves Abel Point Marina at 4:15 p.m. and returns at 6:45 p.m. (also picks up at Coral Sea Resort Jetty). Times are an hour later in Summer. Cost about $35 per person. Also available five days a week, a half day sail, departing Abel Point Marina at 9 a.m. for $49, returning at 12:45 p.m. (also picks up at Coral Sea Resort Jetty). Phone Whitsunday Sunsets, (07) 4964 1322, or PO Box 605, Airlie Beach 4802 or email
Blue Ferries
Australian owned FantaSea motor cruises travel between Shute Harbour, Whitehaven Beach and resort islands Hamilton Island, South Molle Island and Daydream Island. PO Box 616, Airlie Beach 4802 (07) 4946 5111 Email Various island cuises depart Shute Harbour 8:45 a.m. each day.
Compass Rose
One day three island cruise on 33 foot vessel with space for 19 passengers. Leaves Abel Point marina 8:30 a.m. returns around 3:30 p.m. islands visited will vary according to weather and whim of skipper. North run may be Armidt, Olden, Grassy and Saddleback, south run may be South and North Molle, and Hook Island. Lunch included. 0427 800 444
Aussie Yachting's owner skipper Reg Eggers and wife Julie takes out a maximum of 8 passengers on a N.Z. John Lidgard Ocean/Racer cruiser S.V. Domino on a day trip to Hook island. Take the helm, or just relax, or swim and snorkel. Ecotourism a specialty, also charters. Reg speaks Dutch, German, French, Malay and English. Departs Abel Point 9 a.m., returns around 5 p.m. Phone (07) 4946 1315 or email Their web page is
Fantasea Cruises
Daily motor catamaran cruises to Reefworld on Hardy Reef. $125. Snorkelling, underwater viewing chamber, semi-submersible, coach transfers to Shute Harbour. Also one day three island cruises, including South Molle, Whitehaven Beach, and Hamilton Island. Helicopter joy flights additional. PO Box 616, Airlie Beach 4802 (07) 4946 5111, 1800 650 851 Email
20.8m sloop, former America's Cup racer, legendary yacht. Moved to Sydney Harbour to do day charters with Prosail in April 1999. Seems to have moved back in late 2000 to do day sails to Whitehaven Beach. Prosail PO Box 973, Airlie Beach 4802 (07) 4946 5433 email
Harbourside Boat Hire
Shute Harbour Jetty, (07) 4946 9330 May have half cabin boats for day trips nearby.
Day trip to Blue Pearl Bay national park area on Hayman Island on fast sailing catamaran, departs Abel Point at 9 a.m every day. Snorkelling, sailing, SCUBA, boom netting, snacks, lunch, licenced bar. (discount for Illusions plus Baby J trip with lunch). Formerly operated by Nev Goddard, who left in April 2000. Now operated by Malcolm and Linda Priday. Day trip $69, plus $5 Reef tax. Bookings 4946 5255, after hours 4946 9609, mobile 0412 638 579. Short note on our Illusions trip.
Motor day trip on inflatable, similar to Azzurra. 9:30 a.m. Shute Harbour, returns 3:45 p.m. cruise, up to 30 knots, lunch on Whitehaven Beach, snorkel, dive at Luncheon Bay or Maureens Cove. Owner Bernard Heimann. PO Box 1066, Airlie Beach 4802 07 4946 7777 fax (07) 4946 6941
12 person motor fishing charter around $99 per day, departing Abel Point at 9:15 a.m., returning around 6 p.m. Includes rods and tackle, bait, catch cleaned and refrigerated, fishing clinics, trolling, lunch. 4946 1507 (possible obsolete numbers Bob and Robyn mobile 0418 757 846 boat 015 575 029 AH (07) 4948 0495)
Lindeman Pacific Whitehaven Xpress
One day motor cruise, on 15m fibreglass mono hull, departs 9 a.m. from Abel Point for Whitehaven Beach, past Daydream Island, South Molle and Hamilton. Swim and snorkel for three hours at Whitehaven, time to visit Hill Inlet lookout (take your camera) and BBQ lunch on the beach, one hour snorkel at Haslewood Reef. BBQ lunch, afternoon cheese platter, around $70 Family owner operators Terry, Jill and Dan McNally. Tenth year of operation. The best Whitehaven trip I've done. Phone (07)4946 6922 AH (07)4946 1585
Motor day trip, snorkelling or diving, departs Abel Point at 8:45 a.m. around $60, Whitehaven Beach and Mantaray Bay. (07) 4946 4579 or email
Sunset Charters 54 foot timber carvel motor cruiser fishing day trip departs Shute Harbour 10 a.m. daily, returns 6 p.m. Handlines and bait supplied. Morning, afternoon tea, fishermans lunch, licensed bar (no BYO), courtesy coach, trolling, cleaning and filleting. around $75 trip, $2 jetty tax. (07) 4946 6665 AH (07) 4946 7127 Fishing hotline 0415 185 653 PO Box 708, Airlie Beach 4802.
Ocean Rafting
Heavy duty inflatable with monster engines takes you up to 65 km/hour to either aboriginal caves at Nara Inlet, Longford Reef beach, and snorkel at Blue Pearl Bay or Mantaray Bay. Other trip is a rainforest walk at Cid Harbour, Whitehaven Beach, and snorkel at Border Island. Around $65 for the day, or both trips at a discount. Starts at 10 a.m. from Abel Point. Courtesy bus available. Buffet lunch is $8 extra, Marine Park Fees $5 extra. Captains Sarah and Jay Grant. As with all high speed craft, I suggest take your seasick pills before you board, and don't take anyone prone to motion sickness, as it can be a bumpy and wet ride. Great fun for the young, I hear. PO Box 106, Cannonvale 4802, (07) 4946 6848 or email
On The Edge
65 foot very fast sailing catamaran does day trips departing Abel Point at 9 a.m. Sail, snorkel, SCUBA, bow netting. About $85. Two cruises discount. Can have a lot of people on board, takes 59 guests. Prosail, PO Box 973, Airlie Beach 4802 (07) 4946 5433 email
Outrigger Whitsunday
The local paddle power club. A cheap way to have fun on the water. Five 42 foot Hawaiian style outrigger canoes, each holding six paddlers, plus a 22 person Chinese dragon boat. The club is based at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, and welcomes new members or social paddlers. All you have to do is show up. Paddles various afternoons, and on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. In summer, some go paddleing around dawn. No age limits - paddlers as young as 9 attend regularly, while some of us are in our 50s, 60, and even older.
Pro Diver
Motor day diving trip departs Abel Point 8 a.m. Snorkel, dive (2 dives) includes all gear and lunch. (07) 4946 6996
Quick Fish
Half day fishing trip with all bait and tackle supplied, on 33 foot boat with toilet. Pick up from resorts. Around $35. Departs 8:30 return noon. mobile 0427 800 444 or 4946 4750
80 foot sloop, three time Sydney Hobart winner, does day sailing snorkelling and diving trips depart 8:45 a.m. Shute Harbour. Whitehaven Beach cruise Thursday and Sunday, Blue Pearl Bay cruise Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday. PO Box 1006 Airlie Beach (07) 4946 7777
Reef Adventures
Two level pontoon and coral provides over four hours at the reef. Whitsunday Allover. 1300 305 144
Fast purpose built 24 metre $1.3 million monohull jet boat with 660 horsepower triple jet propulsion, boat built by Newcastle Marine. Buffet lunch, refreshment bar, free snorkelling tuition, SCUBA available and looks suitable to serious divers in a hurry. Courtesy coach. Travels to Bait Reef (55km NE of Airlie) and outer reef. Could be rough in heavy swell, but it gets you to the outer reef. Owners Mike Daley and Ken Gilbert. Primary skipper is Peter Frazer. Replaces Whitsunday Diver. Whitsunday Dive Charters. PO Box 481, Airlie Beach 4802, phone (07) 4946 5366 fax 07 4948 1212 mobile 0417 339266, or check their web site
Large barge at Hardy Reef, semi submerged platforms, underwater viewing chamber, semi-submersible with glass viewing ports. Day trip, around A$125. Snorkelling equipment and lunch included. FantaSea, PO Box 616, Airlie Beach 4802 07 4946 5111 Email or check their web page
Sally Ann
41 foot Steber Gameboat, twin 375HP diesels for day fishing trip or overnight. Max 14 passengers and 2 crew. Permits for central reef area. Departs Abel Point. Various options from $120 to $185 for day trips, or private charter. Owned and operated by Captain Colin Payten and his wife Christine. Australian Bluewater Charters, 1 Sea Eagles, Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach (07) 4948 0280 mobile 0412 054 351 Charter rates aroud $185pp per day, private $1150-$1350 one day.
Salty Dog Sea Kayaking
Salty Dog Sea Kayaking now offers a full range of sea kayaking activities in the Whitsunday Islands from 1/2 day excursions to fully guided and provisioned 6-day expeditions, camping out under the stars on tropical islands. Salty Dog also has an extensive range of single & double sea kayaks available for hire/rental. For details & bookings, contact Neill or Hayley on: Ph:/Fax: Int + 61 7 49461 388 or (Domestic) 07 49461 388 EMAIL:
High speed motor catamaran day trips 8:30 a.m. daily except Monday. Whitehaven, Hook Reef on the outer reef, Hook Island, SCUBA Tropical Charters, PO Box 799, Airlie Beach 4802 0417 644 514
Three island cruise one day cruise on catamaran Voyager. Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island underwater observatory and resort. South Molle island. Lunch extra. 4946 5255 AH0418 186536
Whitsunday All Over
Motor day cruises to various locations, South Molle, Bali Hai Island, Novatel Daydream Island, Hamilton Island airport, Hook Island, Club Crocodile and Palm Bay Long Island, Club Med Lindeman Island, prices from $30 to $70, some including buffet lunch. 1300 366 494 (07) 4946 6900 Fax (07) 4946 5763 Whitsunday All Over, 398 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday Diver
Three hours to snorkel or dive Bait Reef, outer Barrier Reef, 65 kilometres NNE of Airlie Beach. Snorkellers around $80, 2 dives $120 for certified divers. Possibility of whale sightings July to Sept. Departs 9 a.m. Abel Point Marina. Phone (07) 4946 5366 or email
Whitsunday Dreamer
Three island resort one day 60 foot motor day trip departs Shute Harbour 9:30 a.m. Snorkelling, BBQ lunch, boomnetting, visits Club Crocodile Long Island Resort, secluded Palm Bay Island Resort, South Molle Island, plus snorkel at Sunlovers Cove off Daydream Island. BBQ and salad lunch extra. 4946 6611 fax4946 6833 Email
Whitsunday Paddle Sports
Kayak hire by the hour, half day or day. The Beach House, Shingley Beach, (07) 4946 6306
Whitsunday Watersports
jet skis catamarans
Yellow Sub
One hour high speed ride from Shute Harbour, departing 9 a.m. to Bali Hai Island. Yellow sub is a bottom viewing semi submergable. Snorkel. Also cruises to islands. 1300 366 494 (07) 4946 6900 Fax (07) 4946 5763 Whitsunday All Over, 398 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach.

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