Whitsunday Islands Explorer

Airlie Beach & Whitsunday Islands

Secluded palm-fringed beaches, hidden waterfalls and crystal-clear waters? The Whitsunday Islands are a dream holiday destination for lovers of the sun and sea. This adventure will take you from the coastal town of Airlie Beach to the luxurious Paradise Cove, with two nights spent on an authentic 100-year-old Tall Ship thrown in for good measure. Spend time exploring a number of the stunning islands within the archipelago, swimming in the Coral Sea and appreciating the unique tropical nature, wildlife and culture in the area. But most of all, just relax and enjoy yourself, you’re in paradise, after all!


  • 3 Nights accommodation in a Hotel comfort standard
  • 2 Nights aboard a 100 year old Tall Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Activities – Ngaro First Nation Welcome to Country, South Mole National Park Hike, Falls to Paradise Waterfall and Beach Tour


Day 1 – Airlie Beach

Welcome to the Airlie Beach, the stunning gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Take your time today making your way to check in to your hotel, before meeting your local leader and group for a short welcome meeting at 4pm in the hotel foyer. From here, you’ll head out along the coast for a stroll into Airlie Beach, where you’ll be greeted by a local member of the Ngaro family. They will welcome you to country and provide you with an overview of the culture and history of the magnificent Whitsundays that you’re about to explore. Your local leader will then take you on a short orientation walk of the town, before you have the evening to yourselves. Get to know your fellow travellers with a welcome dinner of quality local food, then maybe head to one of Airlie Beach’s quirky bars to chat over a drink.

Day 2 – Paradise Cove

After breakfast this morning, you’ll leave Airlie Beach and drive for around 30 minutes for a day of exploring the Cedar Creek Falls and the exclusive Paradise Cove Resort. Here you’ll have time to admire the tropical flora and fauna, including the unique white cedar trees that gave the falls their name, as well as taking a guided walk around the falls for spectacular views of the region. You’ll also have the chance to swim with wild turtles in the falls, before stopping for an included lunch. This afternoon you’ll make your way to the Balinese-style Paradise Cove Resort, the luxury hideaway where you’ll be staying for the night. Spend the afternoon swimming, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking in the Coral Sea or simply relaxing by the pool or in a hammock on the secluded white, sand beach. Tonight, you’ll be treated to a special poolside dinner – the perfect way to wind up a memorable day.

Day 3 – Whitsunday Islands

This morning is free for you to make the most of being on holiday. Whether you’d rather sleep in, spend time by the pool or just take your time over breakfast, Paradise Cove is the place to indulge. After a few hours you’ll return to Airlie Beach, where you’ll board a 100-year-old Tall Ship, which has a fascinating history and will be your home for the next two nights. This afternoon will be spent at sea, where you can enjoy time on board unwinding with a good book or chatting with your travel buddies, perhaps stopping for a dip in the clear, tropical waters or maybe even some snorkelling. Tonight, you’ll be treated to dinner on board as you get to know your fellow travellers. Then, perhaps retire to the deck and enjoy a drink under the stars.

Day 4 – Whitsunday Islands

Today will be spent at sea, stopping at a number of different Whitsundays Islands and beaches. You might like to spend time at swim stops swinging off the Tarzan rope into the water, or making use of the snorkelling gear provided. Weather dependent, you will make a stop at the famous Whitehaven Beach, for the ultimate Whitsundays experience. All meals today will be provided on the boat, so you can just kick back and relax on the deck.

Day 5 – Airlie Beach

Today brings an end to your time on the boat, as you slowly make your way back to the mainland. On the way, you’ll stop at South Molle Island National Park, with an opportunity to stretch your legs on a hike. Enjoy views of the reef, rainforest and coastline as well as keeping an eye out for some of the beautiful birdlife on the island including rainbow lorikeets, currawongs and endangered bush stone curlews. After the hike, you’ll have worked up an appetite for lunch before you’ll continue to Airlie Beach where you’ll disembark at the marina. Head to your resort accommodation to check in and then enjoy a free afternoon and evening. Be sure to check with your leader if you’d like a recommendation of the best spots to try some local seafood and maybe even a few tropical cocktails!

Day 6 – Airlie Beach

This morning after breakfast you’ll drive back to Airlie Beach where your tour will come to an end. If you have the time, feel free to stay longer and enjoy everything that this beautiful region has to offer – contact us to book post-trip accommodation.


  • Please consider your swimming competency, as you do visit amazing beaches
  • Children aged eight years and above maybe on the journey
  • You need to be able to feel comfortable moving about a vessel and using stairs
  • 5 Nights / 6 Days
  • $2,495 Per Person twin share | Single room cost upon enquiry
  • Group departure: Min 4 & Max 16 guests
  • Departs & Concludes: Airlie Beach, QLD

Booking Enquiry

Cost is based on twin share.  Single supplement/own room may be an option, update available upon enquiry. Prices correct at time of print but may fluctuate if surcharges, fees, taxes or currency change. Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Other dates are available upon enquiry. Booking form and payments are required by Travel With A Difference. Deposit and final payments are terms and conditions stipulated by Intrepid.  Travel With A Difference booking and conditions apply. Travel insurance is highly recommended.