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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach provided by GSL Aviation

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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

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Overview
The Whitsunday Islands, comprising 74 islands fringed by gorgeous beaches and located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, are Queensland’s quintessential tropical paradise. On this tour, experience the breadth and beauty of the islands, and incredible views of the reef, from above on a scenic flight.
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
  • 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.
  • Weight restrictions apply on all flights. 125kg max per passenger.
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Fernanda H wrote a review Jan 2021
Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia15 contributions6 helpful votes
Amazing experience! Although the day was not so beautiful, they were very careful only to make the tour if they had good visibility. Seeing the coral barrier from above is incredible. It's really worth it.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Airlie O, Sales and Marketing Consultant at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 11 Jan 2021
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this great review. Safety is our top priority and as you mentioned, we will not fly unless we have enough visibility to have a safe and enjoyable flight. We are so pleased to hear that despite the unfortunate weather, you were still able to enjoy your GSL experience and the incredible views! We look forward to having you join us again. Kind Regards, GSL Whitsundays
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Sean C wrote a review Jan 2021
London, United Kingdom129 contributions33 helpful votes
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The experience itself was very much well worth it. I can't fault the friendliness of the staff from welcome at the office, to the bus driver, to the pilot. All fantastic staff with approachable and relatable courtesy. The hour flight was great with obvious and less obvious
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Airlie O, Sales and Marketing Consultant at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 9 Jan 2021
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. Viewing the GBR and Whitsunday Islands from above is a great way to gain a perspective like no other and we are so pleased you experienced it alongside GSL. We are also pleased to hear you had a great customer service experience on the day. Unfortunately, when taking bookings, height is not something we require, therefore, the seat allocations are based on customer weights due to pilot rules and regulations. Upon check-in, you are provided with a wrist band advising your row number. However, I understand your frustration and as we are continuously looking to improve our tours, I have forwarded your suggestion onto my General Manager in hopes we can improve on these issues. I trust that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Airlie Beach, and would appreciate another chance to make your experience better. Kind Regards, GSL Whitsundays
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Sorush A wrote a review Dec 2020
Tehran, Iran9 contributions
Great experience started while booking this trip, when friendly staff tried their best to help us finding the best time for flight and pick-up location. They quickly answered calls and email. Then it came to flight date, we been picked up on time. Transferred to airport where
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Airlie O, Sales and Marketing Consultant at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 25 Dec 2020
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this wonderful and detailed review. Customer experience is our top priority and your review confirms the hard work we put in each day. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your entire GSL experience. We hope you were able to take some great photos - don't forget to tag us so we can see how much fun you had! We look forward to having you join us on another tour sometime. Regards, GSL Whitsundays
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Linda R wrote a review Dec 2020
Caboolture, Australia4 contributions1 helpful vote
Great day from start to finish would recommend to anyone. Jenni our driver was AWESOME and Peter our pilot was also AWESOME. Thanks guys for an amazing experience that we will never forget.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Airlie O, Sales and Marketing Consultant at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 18 Dec 2020
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this awesome review. We put customer service first and are so glad to hear you enjoyed your entire experience with GSL. We are very lucky to have both Jenni and Peter on our team - I'll be sure to pass on the kind words! We look forward to having you join us again and we thank you for the recommendation. Kind Regards, GSL Whitsundays
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Dwayne W wrote a review Dec 2020
Zilzie, Australia4 contributions
Amazing is an understatement for this flight. Would highly recommend! Big thanks to Harry and his mum (Jenny with an I) for being great host!
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Response from Airlie O, Sales and Marketing Consultant at Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach
Responded 13 Dec 2020
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave this fantastic review. Viewing the GBR and Whitsundays from above is such a unique experience and a great way to gain a different perspective - we are so glad you had the opportunity to experience it alongside GSL. We are so lucky to have both Harry and Jenni on our team - I'll be sure to pass on the kind words. We look forward to having you join us again and we thank you for the recommendation! Kind Regards, GSL Whitsundays
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customerwmut6lm62021
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Excellent
Very nice tour, definitely would recommend to my friend or who want to have best views in this place!
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rbicker2n
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Greatest flight ever
I wasn't sure what to expect but our pilot explain everything as we flew over told us what everything was. I would
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MatthewMason_Imagery
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Reef & Island Scenic Flight
GSL Airlie Beach Reef & Island Scenic Flight, 2nd time on this tour (Different times of the year) Both where fant
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LilyFFFFFFF
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Great Experience
brilliant guider and awesome experience with GSL. Even though the weather caused the heart reef viewing cancelled,
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Shellanator
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I recommend this to see the outer reef
Fantastic adventure! Jen the bus driver was great too. The boys piloting the flight were very imformative.
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Alyssa M
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Fantastic View!
Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, flight was fantastic - the view from the top was incomparable to anythi
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thetravelerdude2021
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Best flight tour
Everbody is looking for the best tour and there is always a risk if you picked the right one. Same thoughts here. B
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jhnoo
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AMAZING !! 10/10
If I could add more stars I would.. 5 stars is not enough to describe our private helicopter tour to Whitehaven bea
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ColSul
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Flight over Great Barrier Reef
We booked a flight over the Great Barrier Reef. No sooner had we purchased the voucher online and we received a ph
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OZtravellers999
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Best scenic tour
Without the scenic tour we really think the visit to Cairns is not complete. GSL aviation were truly amazing, the p
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bekalichaa
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Great way to see the Reef!
Lovely staff, excellent local tips from the pilot (I think his name was Jordan) and thoughtful touches, like an ice
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shaneoisinthehouse
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Great scenic flight
Good stuff. Great scenic flight, very informative pilot. Great to see Whitsundays and the Reef, value for money.
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dani_marie_eagle
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Flight over the Reef!
The team really looked after us! The captain on board the flight was very informative and the view of the reef is
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logique007
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Love GSL!Very impressive!
Nice staff and great service!We took the Fly & Cruise Package it was just amazing! We saw the heart of reef clearly
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Kevin B
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A fresh look at the Great Barrier Reef
I have taken trips on boats to the reef for diving and snorkeling trips but that was my first experience seeing it
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Key Details
  • Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, and 2 more
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Japanese
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