OR: Scenic Flight to Heart Reef

5.0 (72 Reviews)

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Great Day Trip

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Reef + Island Views

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Dolphins + Whales

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Whitehaven Beach + Hill Inlet

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Soar over the dazzling Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef on this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Your scenic flight will show you the very best of our endless tropical islands like never before, with views of the iconic Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the gorgeous Heart Reef. With guaranteed window seats for panoramic views, commentary from your experienced pilot and ample flight time, discover the Whitsundays from completely new heights!

  • Scenic flight over Heart Reef, Hamilton Island, Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach.
  • In-flight commentary from your experienced pilot for deeper insight into paradise!
  • Guaranteed window seat for panoramic views of the turquoise waters and white beaches of the Whitsundays.
  • Depart from the Whitsunday Airport to spend less time on a bus and more in the sky.

Your Sample Itinerary

A heart reef aerial shot

Soar over the unique Heart Reef

Up, up, up and away you go as your pilot takes you over the radiantly turquoise waters of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Here, you will spy the famous Heart Reef, an interesting little section of the reef shaped like a heart! Take a few pics and explore the best of this world wonder from the best vantage point!

Hamilton island, QLD

Spot Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Molle Islands and more!

Spot lesser-known gems of the Whitsunday Islands, like Long Island, Mantaray Bay, Hook Island, Langford Island and more as you soar at the perfect height... you may even see whales and dolphins too! Your pilot will point out Hamilton Island, the iconic resort island, and let you in on some local secrets with commentary.

Hill Inlet Lookout swirling sands from a plane

Hill Inlet & Whitehaven Beach flying

You will get some of the best views in the Whitsundays of the incredibly bright white sands of Whitehaven Beach! This beach is renowned for its pure silica sands and clear aqua waters, so let your breath be taken as you gaze down at the tropical paradise below. You will also spot Hill Inlet, where these white sands and blue waters swirl together making for some bucket-list sights!

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Panoramic Whitsunday views!

With a guaranteed window seat, get the full experience of the Whitsunday Islands as you glide through the clouds! Don't worry about not getting a good view, as every single passenger gets their own individual 180-degree window vista. Buon voyage!

What's Included?

  • Scenic one-hour flight over the Islands and the Great Barrier Reef
  • In-flight commentary
  • Guaranteed window seat
  • Includes Scenic views of Whitehaven Beach and Heart Reef
  • Small group tour
  • GST and all Marine Parks Fees
  • Courtesy pick up and drop off from local Airlie Beach/Cannonvale Hotels/Parks/Hostels

What's Extra?

  • Nothing, this experience is totally inclusive!

Terms and Conditions

Please read our terms, conditions and cancellation policies before booking your East Coast adventure.


How many people fit in one plane?

Ocean rafting has two different types of planes: one with 7 seats for guests, and the other with 11. Both are roomy, comfortable and feature guaranteed window seats, so get ready for dreamy island panoramas with an excellent view.

Can I do the flight while I am pregnant?

Yes, you can. From start to landing, the flight is very smooth and lasts for an hour. However, if you're in doubt about your own personal flying condition, consult your doctor.

Is there a toilet onboard?

There are no toilets on the plane during the hour you're onboard. However, there is a bathroom in the airport that you can use before and after your flight.

Can I bring my luggage?

There is not much space in the plane, so you can only bring a small selection of personal items onboard (phone, camera, water bottle). If you need to though, you can store your luggage in one of the lockers at the airport, or drop them at our Airlie Beach Bag Storage prior to your tour.

Do I have time to eat something at the airport?

You won't have time to eat something from one of the airport cafes prior to boarding. We recommend eating before your trip or ordering something after your flight to eat on the way back.

Will I see anything on a cloudy day?

Yes! The plane flies under the clouds, so you can view the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands even on an overcast day.

Can I chat on the plane?

It is a bit loud in the plane and you will wear headphones with commentary from your pilot, making it a bit difficult to have an in-depth conversation with your neighbour! Some headphones have a microphone, some do not, but you will always be able to understand the pilot!

Will air pressure be a problem?

While every passenger is different, the air pressure change isn't too intense. However, if you are recovering from ear surgery, or have been scuba-diving within 12 hours of your flight, consult your doctor to check that this experience is suitable for you.

Will I get airsick?

Your scenic flight team and pilot pride themselves on offering a smooth, comfortable journey over the stunning Whitsunday Islands, and the vast majority of guests have no problems at all! However, there are sick bags provided for the worst-case scenario!

Can I stand up and walk around during the flight?

No, you can't stand up and move around the plane while you're in the air. But, you'll probably be glued to your panoramic window, taking in views of island havens, turquoise waters and reef marinelife like whales, dolphins and coral gardens!

Customer Reviews

Jackie Clifford

May, 16 2024

A once in a lifetime experience. Friendly and professional. A true holiday highlight!

Kirsty Fudge

Apr, 28 2024

Fantastic experience. Bookings were easy. Highly recommend!!

Zoe Morrison

Apr, 14 2024

Amazing!! From pick up to drop off, it was great customer service. Definitely glad that Sailing Whitsunday recommended this flight as it was only a short bus to the airport and the flight went straight out over the water so blue views were maximised. Just the absolute flight of a lifetime.

Rebecca O'Donovan

Apr, 07 2024

Absolutely incredible, really loved the trip and it was definitely worth the money!

Alice Dunne (65kg)

Mar, 27 2024

Brilliant experience, even on a cloudy day the view was amazing. Very well organised and efficient, everybody involved was very nice and professional. Expensive, but a once in a lifetime opportunity. Would definitely recommend.

Melissa Collins

Mar, 13 2024

Really enjoyed this tour!!! Andrew was an amazing captain along with the rest of the crew Andy and Tom. Despite the bad weather the crew made the best of a bad situation and got us snorkelling and doing other fun activities :) would highly recommend the tour and loved the Apollo too!

Ka Yi Lam

Mar, 08 2024

Absolutely stunning! Not only seeing the heart reef, but also the whitsundays island, whiteheaven beach, and the whole corals!

Patrick Hatz

Feb, 26 2024

What a great experience! I can only recommend doing this! 5 stars ????

Aafke Roelofs

Feb, 22 2024

Great tour, good amount of time to see the most of the Whitsundays :)

Aafke Roelofs

Feb, 22 2024

One of the most amazing and unreal things I've ever experienced!!

Franca Maria Hildebrandt

Feb, 20 2024

Wirklich eine perfekte Erfahrung! Es war alles toll organisiert und hat reibungslos geklappt! Vor allem unser Pilot hat wirklich einen super Job gemacht und alles gut erklärt! Vielen Dank dafür!


Jan, 29 2024

Excellent pilot Kept us informed throughout flight Easy process booking and pick up/drop off

Valentina Bustamante

Jan, 21 2024

Snorkeling at the great barrier reef was unique! We saw many huge fishes and colorfull coral. Whitehaven beach is something out of this world. The full day experience with the thundercat crew made it even better as they were very carefull in every detail about the tour. I’d Definetely reccommend it


Jan, 17 2024

Absolutely brilliant from pickup from hotel to the return. On time, excellent pilot and wonderful experience Definitely a must to do whilst in the area

Ronja Kaiser

Jan, 11 2024

We had a wonderful time, views were spectacular, the Great Barrier Reef was breathtaking! The organisation was perfect and the flight was calm, to risk of motion sickness. I would really recommend this experience!

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