Dive into the delights of Whitsunday Islands on your cruise holiday to see some of the world’s best marine life in a beautiful and exotic setting. Although the Whitsunday Islands may be better known for the Great Barrier Reef that lies below the waters, these tropical islands also offer a wealth of activities beyond diving and snorkelling that make them so mesmerising. From water sports to safaris, this tropical environment is rich with wildlife and is a great place to explore, making it a popular destination for cruise holidays.
As the primary attraction of the islands, the Great Barrier Reef is understandably a highlight of any trip to the Whitsunday Islands. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, it boasts the largest system of coral reefs on earth. Although scuba diving might be the most popular activity on an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s also a fantastic place for swimming and snorkelling. Many cruise operators offer a day excursion to the Reef with the chance to take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat for a relaxing way to view the outstanding marine life.
The Great Barrier Reef is also an important attraction because its presence ensures that the beaches of the Whitsunday Islands are serenely secluded and tranquil. The clear waters and soft sands of hot spots such as Airlie Beach, are a picture perfect place to relax in the sun and paddle in the warm waters of the shoreline. However if you’d rather enjoy a rush of adrenaline during your time on the islands, then ocean rafting is an exciting experience and fun for all ages as you speed along the waters and capture the beautiful views of the coast. Other water sports include kayaking and jet ski safaris, providing plenty of activity for your time in the area.
Beyond the idyllic coastline, the wetlands and rivers that permeate the islands provide a thriving environment for a whole ecosystem that is waiting to be discovered. Whilst you might find tropical fish, clams and coral reefs beneath the waters, inland there are countless species that call the Whitsunday Islands home, including crocodiles, reptiles, exotic birds and more. On a crocodile safari, you’ll get a chance to explore the wetlands of the islands to witness some amazing scenery and animals in their natural habitat. For nature-loving travellers, it’s a fun bush experience that is sure to be a highlight of your trip.
As the evening draws in, be sure to find a good spot to watch the sun set over the Whitsunday Islands. Although you’ll get a stunning show from the beach, for more panoramic views over the area head up to Hill Inlet for a brisk walk and some great photo opportunities. On a clear evening, the sky lights up with stars and makes for amazing stargazing on the beach. However if you’d rather relax with a cocktail or a glass of wine, then there is a good selection of bars and restaurants around Airlee Beach, the perfect way to round off your day at Whitsunday.
A serene little paradise off the coast of Queensland, the Whitsunday Islands offer an insight into the unspoilt natural beauty of Australia that is sure to make you fall in love with this fascinating country. Whilst Melbourne, Sydney and the cities are thrilling places to explore, a day or two at the islands will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. As such, they are sure to be a highlight of your itinerary on an Australia cruise holiday.