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The Ultimate Whitsundays Bucket List

Updated Mon 07 Aug 2023

The Whitsunday Islands are a traveller's paradise. With so much to see and do, it's the perfect escape for someone who wants to spend time outside, immerse themselves in nature, and have a blast with other fun travellers. If you're planning a visit to the beautiful islands, here's a list of things you should do to make sure you make the most of your Whitsundays escape. No Whitsunday holiday is complete without these bucket list items!

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The Ultimate Whitsundays Bucket List

Make the most of your time in the Whitsundays with these tours!

Sail Through The Coral Sea

The Whitsundays are a sailor's paradise. The 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays are surrounded by calm, blue waters and colourful, diverse coral reefs. With many sailing trips on offer, there is an ideal excursion for every type of traveller.

You can find sailing trips designed for backpackers, families, and honeymooners, as well as day trips, overnight trips, and private charters. There is no better way to explore the islands than with sails up and waves below, feeling the warm tropical breeze on your skin as you glide over the calm turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. 

Sailing Whitsundays

Island Hop

With 74 islands to choose from, island hopping is a must-do in the Whitsundays. With 6 islands that have resorts, as well as several others frequented by sailing trips, do your best to see as many of these stunning islands as you can! Visit resort islands such as Long Island or Hamilton Island. Or visit Whitsunday Island, which is home to the infamous Whitehaven Beach. There are so many options!

Whitehaven Beach


Skydiving is a unique and extreme way to see the Whitsundays. Airlie Beach offers one of the most beautiful places in all of Australia from which you can skydive, with views of the surrounding islands including during your flight up. You can choose from 2 different jumps, including 7,000 and 15,000 feet for the ultimate rush and adrenaline-pumping experience! Choose to skydive over Whitehaven Beach for an extra scenic view!

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Snorkel Through Exquisite Coral Reefs

The Whitsundays are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provide some of the best snorkelling in the world! Because of the islands' shelter, the Whitsundays offer perfectly secluded and calm waters that are ideal for snorkelling. The protected coves and bays are home to the fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef where you will find amazing and diverse marine life.


Scuba Dive

Several overnight and day sailing trips offer guests the chance to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, where you can see the coral reefs up close and in a whole new way. Both beginner and experienced divers are welcome on any diving tour, with full tuition provided to newcomers. The Whitsundays offer a great place to learn to scuba dive, where divers can enjoy entering the water from the beaches surrounding the island.

You can also book excursions to the Outer Reef! It's a few hours from the shore, but it's worth the journey. While the Whitsundays Islands are home to fringing reefs, the Outer Reef is home to massive coral structures where you can spend the day exploring the underwater world!

Scuba dive

Go On A Sunset Cruise

The Whitsundays are stunning at all times of day, but a sunset cruise has to be on your Whitsunday bucket list! There is no better way to end a fantastic day than cruising over the calm waters and watching the sun go down. Have some drinks and snacks, mingle with your fellow guests, and enjoy the surreal views. You can jump on a sunset cruise tour or book a private charter if you want to just have your own friends and family on board!

Sunset Cruise

Fly Over The Whitsundays On A Scenic Flight

Be sure to see the Whitsundays from above during your time in this tropical paradise! With several seaplane and helicopter tours on offer, you can see the Whitsundays exactly the way you want during your scenic flight. You can cruise over the Outer Great Barrier Reef and see the famous Heart Reef, or pick a tour that drops you right on Whitehaven Beach. Seeing the dazzling islands and reefs from the sky gives you a whole new level of appreciation for the beauty of nature. 

Scenic flight

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