Illusions Private Charter


Departure Times

Departs: 7:30am - Daily
Returns: 4:00pm - Daily

Departure Point: Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach

Illusions takes you to some of the best snorkelling and diving locations in the Whitsundays with the privacy, comfort and adventure of your own private charter.

  • Try snorkelling or scuba diving, with both intro and certified divers welcome!
  • Up to 20 guests at a time, making it ideal for all sorts of private events
  • Beat the crowds and enjoy the privacy of your own charter
  • Great way to spend the day with your friends and family
  • Stable catamaran for the best in comfort!

Illusions offers you the perfect way to snorkel or scuba dive in the Whitsundays alongside all of your closest family and friends. During your private charter, you will get to enjoy all the comforts of Illusions as she sails the Whitsundays, while avoiding the crowds and spending time with your loved ones. This comfortable 12 metre catamaran will venture to the beautiful fringing reefs of Blue Pearl Bay, near Hayman Island, and to Langford Reef, where guests can snorkel or scuba dive and experience the wonders of the underwater world. It's a lovely relaxing cruise taking a maximum of 20 passengers with plenty of deck space for sunbathing or spotting wildlife as you enjoy a day of adventure.. There is also undercover areas for protection from the elements and a licensed bar on board. Illusions Private Charter offers the ultimate day of diving and snorkelling in the Whitsundays with comfort, privacy and adventure rolled into one.

Please note, at time of booking we require a deposit with the remaining balance due 2 months prior.

Illusions Features

  • 20 passengers
  • 2 island cruise
  • Delicious lunch included
  • Sail around the Whitsundays
  • Option to purchase scuba dives
  • Exciting day trip in the Whitsundays
  • Licensed bar

Cruise, snorkel, scuba dive or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Including lunch, snorkelling gear and with the options to purchase scuba dives is a great choice for those just wanting a dive trip.

Sample Itinerary

Blue Pearl Bay
Illusions will make its way to the beautiful and well-known Blue Pearl Bay - one of the gems of the Whitsundays. Located off of Hayman Island, it's a great place to snorkel or dive and enjoy the plethora of wildlife that waits below! With Sergeant Majors, bright fusiliers and giant Maori Wrasse, this is truly an amazing place to explore, relax and enjoy an adventure.

Langford Island
Afterwards venture to Langford Island, which is known for its turtle population. You can snorkel of dive here or even take the opportunity to walk along the beach with views of Hayman Island, Bali Hai, Arkhurt, Bird Island, Hook Island and Stonehaven.

Whether you choose to snorkel (free tuition is provided for those experiencing this for the first time) or take an introductory or certified scuba dive with our own qualified instructor, you will be delighted at the range and diversity of the coral in the Whitsundays. As is typical of fringing reefs, the range of coral is extensive, with all sorts of hard and soft corals waiting for you to explore their fragile beauty.

Illusions is happy to offer Bathyscopes for those who want to try something new from above the water! This allows for a whole new point of view that you can enjoy from the dry comfort of the dinghy.

Illusions offers diving to both introductory and certified divers so everyone can enjoy the thrill of diving below the waves!

Certified Divers: Can normally do up to 2 dives and 1st $75 and 2nd $55
Introductory Divers: Can do 1 dive for $80
All dive gear and instructor is provided.

At the end of your diving and snorkelling, guests will get to enjoy a buffet lunch before making their way back to Airlie Beach.

Please note: As Illusions is very water-orientated, you MUST be able to swim if you wish to snorkel or scuba dive. All guests must advise at the time of booking if they wish to scuba dive (Intro or Certified). If you do not fit these requirements, you may not be able to book this tour.

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What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Cash or credit card for extra purchases on board

What's Included

  • Skipper
  • Crew
  • Lunch
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Courtesy pick up and drop off
  • All Marine Park fees

What's Extra

  • $15.00 wetsuit hire if desired, stinger suits are free to use
  • Underwater cameras, chocolate bars, alcohol, stubbie holders, t-shirts and caps.
  • All alcohol is to be purchased from the licensed bar on board - NO BYO alcohol allowed on board.

Scuba Diving: 

Your safety in the water is our primary concern. To ensure your comfort and safety introductory divers must be 18 years or over, or 12 years and over with parental permission. Divers with certain medical conditions or over the age of 45 may require a Divers Medical Certificate. Certified divers must be 10 and over.

Dive Medical Certificate: 

Please read the following questions carefully: If any of these conditions apply to you, you will require a Divers Medical Certificate before you can scuba dive.

  • Do you currently have an ear infection?
  • Do you have a history of ear disease, hearing loss or problems with balance?
  • Do you have a history of ear or sinus surgery?
  • Are you currently suffering from a cold, congestion, sinusitis or bronchitis?
  • Do you have a history of respiratory problems, severe attack of hayfever or allergies, or lung disease?
  • Have you had a collapsed lung (pneumothorax) or history of chest surgery?
  • Do you have active asthma or history of asthma, emphysema or tuberculosis?
  • Are you currently taking medication that carries a warning about any impairment of your physical or mental abilities?
  • Do you have behavioral health problems or a nervous system disorder?
  • Are you or could you be pregnant?
  • Do you have a history of colostomy?
  • Do you have a history of heart disease or heart attack, heart surgery or blood vessel surgery?
  • Do you have a history of high blood pressure, angina, or take medication to control blood pressure?
  • Are you over 45 and have a family history of heart attack or stroke?
  • Do you have a history of bleeding or other blood disorders?
  • Do you have a history of diabetes?
  • Do you have a history of seizures, blackouts or fainting, convulsions or epilepsy or take medications to prevent them?
  • Do you have a history of back, arm or leg problems following an injury, fracture or surgery?
  • Do you have a history of fear of closed or open spaces or panic attacks (claustrophobia or agoraphobia)?

If any of these conditions apply to you, you will require a Divers Medical Certificate before you can scuba dive.

Please click here for a list of doctors who can provide this service.

Terms and Conditions

Important Information:

The specified deposit amount is required to secure the booking, with the remaining balance due prior to departure. Failure to pay the remaining balance before the due date stated on the voucher may result in termination of the charter (cancellation fees apply).

Your Responsibilities:

 Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 

Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.

Scuba Diving: 

Your safety in the water is our primary concern. To ensure your comfort and safety introductory divers must be 18 years or over, or 12 years and over with parental permission. Divers with certain medical conditions or over the age of 45 may require a Divers Medical Certificate. Certified divers must be 10 and over.

Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies.

Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling outside the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.


Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit the non-refundable deposit. All balance payments are due prior to departure as specified on the voucher. Failure to pay the remaining balance before the scheduled date will result in termination of the charter and forfeit of the non-refundable deposit. Once the balance payment has been made, no shows and client cancellations made within 30 days of departure forfeit 100% of the full ticket price.

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.

Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.


All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Sailing Whitsundays/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.

Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Sailing Whitsundays/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.

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