Enjoy the thrill of a scenic helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef. Limited seats are available. Includes 3 hours at Knuckle Reef Lagoon...
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Enjoy the thrill of a scenic helicopter over the Great Barrier Reef. Limited seats are available. Includes 3 hours at Knuckle Reef Lagoon.
Discover the underwater wonderland and be held in awe by the magnificent corals and abundance of fish and other marine life. There's even a good chance you'll see our friendly mascot 'Dollar' the turtle
Make the most of the incredible Whitsundays region by visiting pristine Knuckle Reef Lagoon, acclaimed as the region's most spectacular Great Barrier Reef site.
KNUCKLE REEF LAGOON
Knuckle Reef Lagoon is an underwater paradise. Protected as it is, Knuckle Reef has its own ecosystem with magnificent corals and a diversity of marine life not found in more open areas. Knuckle Reef boasts a higher concentration and greater diversity of live coral than any other commercial site in Queensland. Scientific surveys report over 200 different types of fish and over 150 types of hard and soft coral in the immediate area of the pontoon.
- FREE coach transfers from all local area accommodation to Abel Point Marina
- Return helicoptor flight to the acclaimed Knuckle Reef lagoon
- A day at Cruise Whitsundays exclusive Knuckle Reef pontoon
- Meals - A full buffet lunch, morning & afternoon tea, tea & coffee
- A range of features and activities such as snorkelling, underwater viewing observatory, Subsea Adventure, Glass Bottom Boat, giant waterslide and regular presentations by our Marine Biologists
- Included in your cruise fare is $5.00 per head fee which goes towards the management & protection of the Reef by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority
What should I bring?
* Swimwear & towel
* Jacket/ sweater during cooler months
* Protective clothing, hat & sunscreen lotion
* Money / credit card for optional purchases (Great Barrier Reef Adventure)
* Your camera & a sense of fun!
Airlie Beach, Blue Pearl Bay, Border Island, Butterfly Bay, Cataran Bay, Chance Bay, Cid Harbour, Daydream Island, Great Barrier Reef , Hamilton Island, Langford Island, Lindeman Island, Long Island, Nara, Shaw Island, Shute Harbour, South Molle Island, Stonehaven, Tongue Bay, Turtle Bay, Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island,
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|Length: 119ft||Crew: Supplied|
|Hull type: Catamaran||Beam: 51.00ft|
|Draft: 16.20ft||Air-conditioned Lounges|
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Seaflight is 37-metre state of the art wavepiercer. With its superior sea handling,' Seaflight' is the largest and most comfortable vessel in the Whitsundays and the only one fitted with a motion control system. It has spacious air-conditioned lounges, large outer viewing decks and two bars serving refreshments.
GETTING TO THE WHITSUNDAYS
The Whitsundays are located in central Queensland, approximately 1,100km north of Brisbane and 700km south of Cairns. Getting to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, is easy with a variety of Air, Rail and Road options available.
THE WHITSUNDAYS BY AIR
The Whitsundays are serviced by two domestic airports, Whitsunday Coast Airport on the mainland at Proserpine, and Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island. Proserpine is situated about 20kms inland from Airlie Beach with shuttles meeting all flights to take you to in to the beach town.
International access to the Whitsundays is available via connecting flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns. Airlines servicing the region are Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar.
Approximate flying times:
* Sydney - 2 hours 15 minutes
* Brisbane - 1 hour 30 minutes
* Melbourne - 2 hours 45 minutes
Resort Connections connecting Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Coast (proserpine) Airports to Daydream Island Resort & Spa, South Molle Island, Long Island and all Airlie Beach properties. We have a dedicated coach with a meet and greet service at Whitsunday Coast Airport. Resort Connections provides a seamless, hassle free and fast connection for arriving and departing guests with two brand new vessels. With Resort Connections you can choose which way to come based on the flight time and deal that suits you.
THE WHITSUNDAYS BY RAIL
Queensland Rail's 'Sunlander' and 'Queenslander' services to Proserpine depart Brisbane and Cairns several times weekly. The Great South Pacific Express also services this area.
Discover Queensland’s tropical beauty in comfort and style aboard the country’s most innovative train, the Tilt Train. The new Tilt Train services Proserpine Station, with two return services weekly between Brisbane and Cairns. The Tilt Train departs Brisbane Monday and Friday afternoons, and Cairns Sunday and Wednesday mornings. Daylight running of the Tilt Train allows passengers to enjoy the picturesque landscapes in a convenient and comfortable environment.
THE WHITSUNDAYS BY COACH
Coach company Greyhound offers regular services between major cities and Airlie Beach. Greyhound has several daily services that run northbound from Brisbane and southbound from Cairns.
THE WHITSUNDAYS BY CAR
If you choose to drive to the Whitsundays the roads are in excellent condition with some beautiful scenery along the way. The Bruce Highway runs from Brisbane to Cairns. The turn off to Airlie Beach is one km north of Proserpine (150 km north of Mackay, 300 km south of Townsville) and is then a 20km trip into the beach town.
Approximate travel times:
* From Brisbane - 13 hours
* From Cairns - 8 hours
* From Mackay - 90 minutes
* From Bowen - 50 minutes
* From Proserpine - 15 minutes
Run by an experienced tourism team, the operator provides an exciting selection of day cruise experiences and activities that really make the most of this incredible part of the world - including the stunning Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.
The day cruises include the Great Barrier Reef Adventures day cruise, the Camira Sailing Adventure to Whitehaven Beach and Island Escape day cruises to South Molle Island, Long Island and Daydream Island Resort & Spa.
The operator is based at Airlie Beach – the gateway to the Whitsundays. Airlie Beach, located on a peninsula that stretches out to the Whitsundays passage, provides an ideal mainland base for an unforgettable Queensland holiday.
The operator is the latest addition to Marine Tourism Holdings (MTH) the parent company of the successful business South Sea Cruises in Fiji. MTH have also established a highly successful backpacker brand 'Awesome Adventures' which has a wide variety of operations in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji.
Marine Tourism Holdings brings a wealth of experience to their Whitsundays operation. The company has been operating for nearly 20 years and has won a string of Awards in both New Zealand and Fiji.
We focus on quality, safety and of course fun! With modern, state of the art vessels and facilities, rigorous staff training and customer focus the company is setting new standards in the region. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and showing you the Whitsundays at its best!
What our customers have to say.....
" We have just returned from our holiday in the Whitsundays and had the pleasure of going on your Whitehaven & Great Barrier Reef Adventures cruises. In our group of 8 adults and 6 children we were very impressed with your friendly staff and their professional manner in which they carried out their duties. We had a great time, the food was great and everything ran smoothly. Well done!"
"I want to thank your company for providing a very nice experience for my son and I when we went to the Great Barrier Reef on the 7th December. The facilities on the boat and at the pontoon were clean and neat and the staff all very personable and professional. We both dived with John O who led us on a lovely trip around the reef. We also took advantage of the massage on board 'Seaflight' and that was also a very delightful experience. Once again, thanks to all for a fantastic experience!"
Debbie & Dan Seidman
"A big compliment and thank you to such a professional operation you run. We took the trip to Knuckle Reef and we were both in absolute awe of the beauty of the reef whilst snorkelling, glass-bottom and semi-submersible boating. The entire operation and the professional crew helped make for a wonderful experience that you just have to do for yourself to truly appreciate. To top the day off we elected to take a scenic helicopter flight over the reef, which gives a totally different perspective that you do not truly appreciate until you do it for yourself. We flew over the Whitsunday Islands and back to South Molle Island where we are staying. Well done and we'll be back for some more of that experience next year!"
Damian & Sue Clark
I have just driven back from Airlie Beach to Melbourne and I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we really enjoyed booking our cruise with your company. I was impressed not only with your professionalism but also with your friendliness. You made our trip up in the Whitsundays outstanding. We were more than happy with what we received on both the Great Barrier Reef Adventures and Camira Sailing Adventure day cruises. We're glad we chose your cruise, keep up the excellent work, I will be spreading a good word for your company."
Aaraon Hartson & Belinda Curtain
" I'm writing to say a huge thank you for the opportunity of visiting Knuckle Reef aboard Seaflight. I travelled on Saturday 18th February and had a fantastic time. Our pick-up from the Airlie Beach Hotel was on time, Boarding formalities were well planned, the boat itself, service and lunch was all great. Facilities on board the pontoon, safety briefings, equipment was all excellent. There's not one thing that can be faulted. I will recommend Cruise Whitsunday and Seaflight without hesitation."
I wanted to say thank you very much for our Great Barrier Reef cruise last week. When I boarded the 'Seaflight' departing for Knuckle Reef Lagoon, I had no intention of going Scuba diving. However, the quality of your diving team convinced me I would be safe and that I should give it a go. I would have been gutted if I had gone to Australia and not have gone diving at the Great Barrier Reef! So thankyou for getting me to experience diving, it was absolutely incredible. Everybody was so friendly and took it seriously. Special thanks to Brett."
"Myself and my wife and 2 yr old son took the Knuckle Reef Trip three weeks ago while on holiday in Australia from Ireland. I would like to pass on my comments: 'The best organised tour I have taken while on holiday anywhere in the world. fantastic staff, facilities, food, everything!!! Keep up the good work, I will certainly be recommending it to any of my friends visiting the area."
"We recently stayed at South Molle Island and spent the day on Camira. I was so impressed with the day I felt I should be telling someone about it. We were picked up on time, staff were considerate and knowledgeable and the food/drink was top quality - it wasn't overpromoted in the brochures to actually let you down on the day (as has happened with past experiences). There was also an abundance of food so you felt free to enjoy it all without staving or missing out. Also, the cleanliness! It was a sheer joy to see things so well looked after and maintained. You could eat off the floor! Lastly, the staff not only looked like they were enjoying their jobs, they were! Great to see people working but loving it so much they were part of the experience too. I can't tell you how important this is as a customer to aid in your own enjoyment. Thank you guys".
Sandy and Graeme Bateman
"My wife and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for providing such a wonderful and memorable experience in the Whitsundays! We spent an incredible day aboard 'Camira', sailing throughout the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, visiting Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling in warm tropical waters and enjoying the fabulous BBQ lunch! Sailing aboard the big purple catamaran was by far the highlight of our trip to the Whitsundays. We hope to come back Downunder and do it again soon!"
Jon & Helen Braddock
"I just wanted to write a short note and thank you all for a fantastic day. I recently went on the 'Great Barrier Reef Adventure', and the entire day was perfect. The vessel was pristine, the food delicious and the staff just excellent. I'll definitely include it on my 'must do' list the next time I am fortunate enough to be in the Whitsundays. Thanks again."
"Thank you, you are doing a wonderful service. We had a great time on Saturday 30th April. Special thanks to Matt the Marine Biologist who guided us on our Snorkelling Reef Safari. For Sylvia who experienced her first ever snorkelling trip, it was incredible. Thank you for so much history and information on the coral and fish. We hope to return again next year. The food was wonderful, the entire staff so friendly. Sincere regards."
Sylvia & Ron White
I have today been on your Great Barrier Reef Cruise from Hayman Island and I just had to write to say what a memorable day I have had, made more so by the efficiency and very high standard of service provided by the entire crew on the boat. I am on holiday from the U.K and can honestly say I have never received the level of service that I received today. It is hard to single out any particular person but I must thank Brenda for showing utmost patience in accompanying me on a snorkelling trip which I would have never been able to do on my own being extremely nervous of the water. I also did the Seawalker and again had superb guidance and attention from young Joel. Please accept this letter as a testament to your very fine staff."
I am sending my thanks and appreciation for the amazing day we had cruising the islands on 'Camira'. We have just returned to Canada after 2 months in Australia and New Zealand and of all the fabulous things we did and saw, my favourite day of all was the day on the big purple catamaran. The crew was friendly and welcoming, yet always highly professional. The food was delicious and the boat itself - well, absolute luxury. I felt pampered all day, and haven't relaxed so much in years. IT was a beautiful, wonderful experience, thank you all so much."
Hunger pains? - not with Cruise Whitsundays! Morning tea, afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch (featuring fresh prawns, NZ mussels, turkey, roast beef & delicious salads) are included. Check out our Lunch Menu. There are also two bars on board serving a full range of alcoholic and soft drinks. Complimentary tea and coffee is available.
All this sea air makes you hungry! Throughout the day we'll feed you up with morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous buffet lunch prepared by our on board chef.
- A choice of fresh baked muffins or fruit scones, served with a bowl of fresh whipped cream and portion control jams
- A selection of plain and cream biscuits
- Iced carrot cake
- Tea, coffee and Milo
LUNCH - MAIN
Whole baked ham on the bone carved by Chef Platters of sliced turkey, grain fed roast beef, smoked Strasburg or Hungarian salami, served with cranberry sauce, horseradish sauce and seeded mustard
Large clam shell filled with fresh cooked prawns served with lemon segments and a sauce of mild chilli, sour cream, tomato and chopped shallots. Platters of NZ mussels served with a sweet chilli sauce and garnished with fresh herbs and parsley.
Basket of fresh apples, oranges or bananas. Large platters of sliced tropical fruit garnished with grapes or strawberries as season permits.
Selection of mesculin and iceberg lettuce with Italian or French dressing.
Potato and bacon salad with sour cream and fresh chives.
Coleslaw and lemon mayonnaise Chef’s special chicken breast and Asian noodle salad served with chilli and lime dressing.
Separate bowls of cubed tomatoes, grated carrot, sliced seeded cucumber, salad onions, mushrooms, grated cheese, boiled egg segments and sliced black olives.
Fresh baked rolls
Platters of cheese, kabana slices, carrot & celery sticks, steamed cauliflower flowerets, green olives, dried apricots, guacamole dip, yoghurt garlic & mint dip and cracker.
French pate and toastettes.
Platters of sliced tropical fruits.
(This menu is indicative only - some dishes may vary on the day)
Experience Queensland's most innovative and spacious reef pontoon located at Knuckle Reef. Knuckle Reef Pontoon features Queensland's largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber and is the only reef pontoon in Australia with a giant waterslide.
Explore pristine Knuckle Reef Lagoon, acclaimed as the region's most spectacular Great Barrier Reef site.
Enjoy numerous activities and facilities:
- Fantastic introductory and certified diving
- Take our guided snorkelling 'Reef Safari' with one of our Marine Biologists
- Experience Queensland's largest and most spectacular underwater viewing observatory
- Enter the warm tropical water in style on the waterslide! There is also a swimming enclosure for little people
- Enjoy the fantastic marine life without getting wet on the 'Subsea Adventure' & Glass Bottom Boat excursions
- Have fantastic underwater photographs taken by our specialist photographer - they make a great souvenir
- Learn more about the colourful marine life at the regular presentations by Marine Biologists
- Take a heli-scenic flight for breath-taking views of the outer reef
KNUCKLE REEF PONTOON
Spend time on our fantastic, innovative Knuckle Reef Pontoon, the only reef pontoon in Australia to feature a giant waterslide. It is spacious with a choice of areas to relax and a great range of activities to enhance your time at the reef. Our pontoon features Queensland's largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber - you'll feel like you are in the water with the fish! There is undercover seating and tables, sun decks for topping up the tan, freshwater showers, change rooms and you have full access to the air-conditioned comfort of 'Seaflight' alongside.
Located inside Knuckle Reef Lagoon, the pontoon is ideally situated in shallower waters with protection from the surrounding sea conditions.
Knuckle Reef provides a unique world for you to explore - be it by Subsea Adventure, glass bottom boat, snorkelling or diving.
Enjoy fantastic snorkelling amongst colourful marine life at Knuckle Reef Lagoon. All the gear you need is provided including sterilised mouth pieces for the snorkels. If you haven't snorkelled before no problem - our staff will provide the basic tuition. Flotation devices are available on request. Try our fantastic snorkelling Reef Safari.
Knuckle Reef Lagoon is the perfect place to experience the magic of your first ever SCUBA dive. Certified divers can enjoy incredible dives at specially selected sites.
- Discover Scuba - Introductory Diving
There is no better place to experience the magic of your first SCUBA dive than in Knuckle Reef Lagoon. Our fully certified PADI/SSI instructors will step you through the training and escort you on your first amazing adventure. Equipment provided.
- Certified Diving
Experienced divers can enjoy spectacular dives at specially selected sites which offer the very best of the region with many varied features teeming with marine life. All dives are escorted by our highly experienced crew ensuring an unforgettable experience.
YOU DON'T NEED TO GET WET...
You don’t need to get wet to experience the wonders of the reef. Take our 'Subsea Adventure' or Glass Bottom Boat excursion, complete with an entertaining and informative commentary by our crew. And don't miss our fantastic underwater observatory with its panoramic views of life under the sea. You'll see amazing fish and marine life.
CALM EXPERIENCE - MASSAGE
'Calm Experience' in conjunction with Cruise Whitsundays offers the ultimate indulgence to enhance your reef experience. Let your senses open to an awakening of inner calm with a soothing head, neck, back & shoulder massage on your journey to the reef aboard Seaflight.
For ultimate tranquility, indulge in a full body massage or 'Skin Soother' while at pristine Knuckle Reef Lagoon over looking the spectacular Great Barrier Reef.
Or after a hard days snorkelling and diving, sit back and relax with a soothing massage on your return journey back to Airlie Beach. The perfect way to finish the day
Please Note: the pricing for the optional extras are displayed in the Extras section when you click yellow Enquiry tab above.
Booking Terms and Conditions:
1. The operator reserves the right to alter prices, cancel departures, apply a fuel surcharge, arrange alternative transport, itineraries and services when necessary.
2. In the interest of passenger safety departures and itineraries are subject to sea and weather conditions. Should the company be forced to cancel or alter cruises our liability is limited to offering an alternative or appropriate refund no greater than the fare paid.
3. The company shall not be held responsible for any property loss or damage and/or any claim resulting from personal injury or death arising whilst travelling with the company, participating in activities, on the vessel or pontoon or other company property. This disclaimer applies irrespective of the cause.
4. Where another company or persons operate the service such as diving, Seawalker and helicopter flights, the operator is acting only as a Sales Agent. Responsibility and liability for the operation lies with that operator.
5. All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Prices valid for travel from 1 April 09 to 31 March 10.
6. Children's fare, 4-14 years inclusive. Infants, under 4 years old, are no charge however please advise at time of booking when an infant is travelling.
7. Age and medical restrictions apply to diving and Seawalker activities. A medical questionnaire must be completed. Due to altitude restrictions certified divers cannot fly after diving.
8. Cancellation fees
The initial deposit paid is non-refundable. In addition to forfeiting your deposit, the following charges also apply:
- within 12 hours 25%. No shows 100%. There is no transfer free is transfered to another cruise run by the operator.
9. The operator can not be held responsible for missed flights due to late arrival at airline check-in counter.
10. Pets are not allowed onboard.
11. Smoking is not permitted onboard
12. Travel subject to our Conditions of Carriage:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How do I get to the Whitsundays/ Airlie Beach?
A: Our Getting to the Whitsundays page provides full information on Air, Rail and Road services to the Whitsundays.
Q: Where can I stay in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays?
A: Accommodation in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays range from backpacker accommodation to luxury five star resorts. Find something to suit your needs in our Accommodation Listings.
Q: Do you offer an accommodation pickup service?
A: Yes, there are FREE courtesy coach transfers from all local area accommodation to Shute Harbour and Abel Point Marina which is just five minutes from Airlie Beach.
Q: Is it going to be hot when I get to the Whitsundays?
A: The Whitsunday Islands are classified as being located in the tropics with an average daily temperature of 27°C. Summer is over those months around January where the average temperature is over 30°C. The winter months are those around July with an average temperature of 23°C. The water temperature in the Whtisundays varies from around 23°C in winter to 28°C in summer. If it's summer time in tropical North Queensland take plenty of sunscreen with you and a hat!
The table below provides a 12 month guide to Temperatures and Rainfall in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays
Q: Is there shade on the boat and on the pontoon?
A: Yes, the boat and the pontoon provide plenty of protection from the sun but you should still continue with all the normal precautions - apply sunscreen at regular intervals throughout the day and wear a hat.
Q: Can I scuba dive?
A: Yes, you can scuba dive when visiting Knuckle Reef Lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef Adventure day cruise. We provide our guests with the opportunity to dive (whether certified or discover introductory), snorkel and learn about the reef with one of the operator's professional, qualified instructors. All you need to do is either pre-book your activities before you depart or let the crew know you would like to partake in these activities when you are travelling out to the reef.
Q: Can I buy drinks on the boat?
A: A full range of drinks are available through out the day with our Great Barrier Reef Adventure. On the Camira Sailing Adventure, your drinks are included in the cost of the cruise. Tea and Coffee are provided throughout the day on both cruises.
Q: Is there drinking water on board the boats?
A: On the Great Barrier Reef Adventures trip, normal tap water is available free and bottled water is for sale. On Camira there is a cold water cooler with filtered water.
Q: How long does it take to get to the reef?
A: It takes 2.5 - 3 hours to get to Knuckle Reef Lagoon depending on the weather and sea conditions.
Q: What do we do whilst cruising to the reef?
A: Getting there is half the fun on board 'Seaflight' a 37 metre wavepiercer ideally suited to outer reef cruising. It is the largest and most comfortable vessel in the Whitsundays and the only one fitted with a motion control system. It has spacious air-conditioned lounges, large outer viewing decks and two bars serving refreshments. We offer Marine Biologist talks and informative commentary as well as stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands.
Q: What if I forget something, do you sell things like sunscreen on the boat?
A: Yes, ’Seaflight’ sells merchandise like shirts, hats, sunscreen and seasick tablets.
Q: What should I bring?
* Swimwear & towel
* Jacket/ sweater during cooler months
* Protective clothing, hat & sunscreen lotion
* Money / credit card for optional purchases (Great Barrier Reef Adventure)
* Your camera & a sense of fun!
Q: Do I have to pay Reef Tax?
A: The Reef Tax or Great Barrier Reef Environmental Management charge is included in your cruise fares. This charge goes to the Government and is used for the management and protection of the reef by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
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