Whitsunday Islands cruises (from Airlie Beach)

Arrive at Airlie Beach on a clear day and you will be greeted with a view that looks like it has been torn straight from the pages of a picture book, with perfectly ultramarine water and pristine white sand.

Located in the tropical state of Queensland, Australia, Airlie Beach is famed for being the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. But it is more than a stopover on the way to the Great Barrier Reef. The largest town on the Whitsunday Coast, Airlie Beach has the tropical feel of its surrounding islands. It has the added bonus of shopping, dining, pampering and nightlife to keep visitors entertained day and night.

Airlie Beach’s cultural heritage

On Whitsunday in 1770, British explorer Captain James Cook passed through a spectacular cluster of islands off the coast of mainland Australia. He named them the Whitsundays, and today these 74 islands welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Tourism in the area began in the 1920s, and in 1935 the town of Airlie Beach was simply named Airlie, after the Scottish parish of Airlie. Its name was later changed to Airlie Beach in the 1980s.

Things to see at Airlie Beach

The pace of life in Airlie Beach, a town of some 10,000 residents, is carefree and relaxed. Follow in the footsteps of the locals by strolling along the town’s main street, known as The Esplanade, where you can find plenty of cafes and restaurants for a laid-back coffee or meal.

The town’s man-made lagoon is the ideal place to swim and enjoy the spectacular tropical surroundings without any danger from the local jellyfish. Enjoy fine dining overlooking the picture-perfect Pioneer Bay, or venture out of town into Conway National Park, which hugs the edges of the town, to cool off in the lush rainforest.

Undoubtedly though, Airlie Beach’s main attraction is the Whitsunday Islands, just a couple of hours’ boat ride away through piercingly blue waters. Whitehaven Beach is said to be one of the best beaches in the world – its powdery silica sand stretches for over four picturesque miles on the edge of tropical Whitsunday Island. Visitors to the island can hike to a lookout point to take in the famous sight, or simply sink their toes into the fine white sand and wade out into the warm water.

Most of the area’s action takes place under the surface of the water, where a kaleidoscope of marine life darts and glides through rainbow-hued coral. Diving and snorkelling enthusiasts can come face-to-face underwater with a Maori wrasse, a friendly giant of the Whitsundays. Or the less adventurous can peer from the safety of a glass-bottomed boat into the crystal-clear underwater world.

There is plenty to do on the surface as well. From swimming to canoeing, and from golf to fishing, there is an activity to suit all Airlie Beach cruise passengers. Of course, if you would rather relax, and drink in the Queensland way of life, watching the world go by in one of the most beautiful places in the world will only leave you with one worry: having to tear yourself away from paradise.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Airlie Aqua Bus

    Step aboard the ‘Aqua Bus’ amphibious vehicle to enjoy a snapshot of the sights of Airlie Beach by land and sea!

    Airlie Aqua Bus

    You’ll join the ‘Aqua Bus’ at the pier and set off to admire this tropical paradise. As you head along the main street of the resort area, enjoy the sights ashore, before launching into Airlie Beach Bay.

    Sit back and relax as you cruise around the bay, taking in views of rainforest, resorts, palm lined beaches and the harbour filled with sailing vessels.

    The perfect way to gain an overview of Airlie!

    This excursion will operate by amphibious vehicle. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate seven steps to board the vessel. The ride may be bumpy and the aisles on the vehicle are narrow. Flat, comfortable shoes are advised.

    Tour code

    WSY_012

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1¼ hours

  • Whitsunday RIB Adventure

    Enjoy this exhilarating RIB ride through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and spend some time on Whitehaven Beach.

    Whitsunday RIB Adventure

    Boarding your high speed RIB, depart Airlie Beach for an exhilarating ride into the spectacular Marine and Island National Parks of the Whitsundays.

    After a short cruise through the islands, you’ll arrive at Whitehaven Beach, one of the largest of the region’s 74 islands. Here, you can enjoy around two hours of free time to relax on the warm sandy beach or take a guided nature walk.

    During your time on Whitehaven Beach, a local style light buffet luncheon will be served on the beach.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by semi rigid inflatable vessel (RIB. Pregnant women and children under the age of four may not participate. The tour is not suitable for guests who have conditions which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Guests are reminded to bring swimwear, a towel, hat, sunscreen and local currency. Toilets at Whitehaven Beach are eco-friendly so standards may vary.

    Tour code

    WSY_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Crocodile Safari, Wetlands Exploration & ‘Bush’ Ex

    Discover crocodiles and other native wildlife on a mangrove cruise and wetlands exploration, followed by a traditional ‘bush’ experience.

    Crocodile Safari, Wetlands Exploration & ‘Bush’ Ex

    Your journey will take you from Airlie Beach through Cannonvale to the Proserpine River, where you will join your swamp boat for a fascinating cruise through mangrove thicket and sand flats. The Proserpine River is home to many saltwater crocodiles. You’ll be able to view some of these large and ancient creatures in their natural habitat, as they bask in the sun along the riverbanks or lurk in the murky waters beneath. Absorb the sounds of nature and the 360 degree views as you explore the estuary and wetlands, which are also home to an array of species of native birds and mammals.

    After your cruise, you’ll board an open-air, tractor-drawn wagon for an exploration through the nationally listed Goorganga Wetlands. Your friendly guide will provide an insight into the region, with its abundant wildlife and unique eco system, as you drive past natural waterholes, pastures and the Melaleuca Forest.

    The excitement of the day is rounded off with traditional Billy Tea, Bushman’s Damper (bread) and an Aussie barbecue luncheon served in the Aussie ‘bush’ (under an all-weather, permanent tent with picnic tables/chairs and toilet facilities).


    This excursion will operate by coach, swamp boat and tractor-pulled wagon. There are approximately ten steps to board the swamp boat and three steps to board the tractor-drawn wagon. The tractor wagon has bench seating and may be slightly bumpy. The boat and wagon are not wheelchair accessible. The terrain in the ‘bush’ consists of grass, gravel and natural earth surfaces. Whilst wildlife sightings are likely they cannot be guaranteed. Guests are advised to wear flat, enclosed footwear and to bring a hat, sunscreen, local currency ($AUD) and bottled water.

    Tour code

    WSY_004

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Airlie Beach by Segway

    Absorb the surrounding sights and scenery of Airlie Beach on an interesting guided Segway tour.

    Airlie Beach by Segway

    Join your experienced guide at the marina for an introduction to the Segway and an initial training session. Even if you've never tried a Segway before don’t worry you'll be given plenty of pointers and time to practice. Once you are confident on your machine, you’ll begin your fascinating guided Segway ride. As you glide along the Bicentennial Boardwalk, your guide will provide an informative commentary about the local history as well as some interesting facts. The boardwalk travels along the water’s edge from Abell Point, where you'll be afforded beautiful views out over the water. Enjoy the peaceful surrounding nature and scenery, as you pass by Singley Beach, through the Cannonvale Botanical Gardens to Cannonvale Beach. A stop will be given here to enjoy refreshments of cake with tea or coffee before rejoining the Bicentennial boardwalk for the ride back to the pier.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    P&O Cruises will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. P&O Cruises does not provide or supply the excursion services. P&O Cruises will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and P&O Cruises shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions P&O Cruises is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of P&O Cruises.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by Segway. The tour duration may vary depending on the length of the instruction practice. Riders should be of good physical health and be able to stand and balance unaided. Riders should also have no major knee or foot conditions and be able to stand for at least half an hour. The terrain is mostly flat but there may be some cobblestone surfaces and inclines. Weight restrictions apply; minimum 7 stone (45kg), maximum 20 stone (130kg). Use of cameras or phones is prohibited while riding the Segway, however stops are provided along the way to rest and take photographs. Guests must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Children and pregnant woman may not participate. Please do not wear loose clothing, such as sarongs and long loose trousers that may become caught in the Segways’ wheels or snag on ground objects. Covered footwear is recommended.

    Tour code

    WSY_007

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    1½ hours

  • Airlie Harbour Boat Ride & Turtle Watch

    Set off on a boat ride to admire the scenery of Airlie Harbour and look for Turtles!

    Airlie Harbour Boat Ride & Turtle Watch

    Step aboard your boat for a ride across the glistening Airlie Beach harbour which attracts a variety of sea turtles. It is believed that six out of the seven species of Sea Turtles are frequent visitors here.

    During your boat ride, sit back and relax as your captain steers a course in search of these characteristic and charming creatures. Keep a close eye out for movement in the water, and you may also be lucky enough to encounter other wildlife such as dugongs, eagle rays or dolphins.

    There will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture the surrounding natural scenery, as well as any marine life that makes an appearance.

    This excursion will operate by boat. This tour has limited capacity and early booking is advised. The boat ride is around 45 minutes. This tour involves minimal walking; however a degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. It is advisable to take a hat, sun screen and a bottle of water. There is no shade on the boat. Toilet facilities are not available; however there are facilities at the boat embarkation and disembarkation point. Turtle and marine life sightings cannot be guaranteed. Those who are susceptible to sea sickness should take the necessary precautions.

    Tour code

    WSY_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1 hour

  • Tall Ship Sailaway Experience

    Step aboard a traditional Australian Heritage tall ship and set sail onto the pristine waters of the Whitsundays.

    Tall Ship Sailaway Experience

    The Derwent Hunter is a remarkable vessel and is perfect for exploring the Whitsundays. Your captain and crew will welcome you on board to sit back and relax, or for those who prefer to have a hands-on experience, invite you to hoist the sails and take the wheel!

    During your sail, enjoy a morning tea or coffee, fruit and a sweet snack, as you admire the stunning surroundings. The tall ship will drop anchor nearby to one of the fringing reef beaches, where you’ll climb down the short rope ladder and step aboard the dinghy tender for the ride across. Here, you can snorkel and admire the marine life or perhaps take a guided walk along the sandy cay and learn a little more about the Whitsundays.

    Afterwards, a delicious local-style buffet luncheon will be served on board, before the sails are hoisted for the return trip.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by tall ship. Places are limited and therefore early booking is advised. Children under the age of four may not participate. A degree of agility is required to board the tall ship. There are three steps to negotiate when boarding the vessel. Guests are reminded to bring swimwear, a towel, hat, sunscreen and local currency. The ride across to the fringing reef is optional. Snorkel equipment is included. Guests who enter the water for snorkelling must be competent swimmers.

    Tour code

    WSY_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Airlie Beach - Sights & History

    Discover the history of this charming beach side town as you absorb the sights.

    Airlie Beach - Sights & History

    Travel back in time, and relive the days in which the sugar industry was the lifeblood of this growing region.

    Boarding your coach at Abel Point Marina, you will travel through Cannonvale on your way to the Proserpine Historical Museum. You will see exhibits highlighting some of the history of the Whitsunday regions sugar and cattle industries. The collection showcases a ‘Digger’, a vintage steam locomotive that was once used in the sugar fields during World War I, before ceasing operation in the sugar cane fields in the mid 1920s.

    Departing the Museum, a panoramic drive will take in some of the sights of this developing area, and you can admire the panoramic views of the harbour and the Whitsunday Islands. Your tour concludes at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, where refreshments of tea or coffee and a slice of cake will be served overlooking the water.

    Returning to the quayside via shuttle bus, you may wish to take some time to explore some of the many boutique clothing shops and cafés that line the streets of this bustling little town.

    This excursion will operate by coach. Guests on the afternoon departure can opt to remain longer at the Sailing Club, however they are then responsible for making their own way back to the quayside.

    Tour code

    WSY_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Catamaran to Whitehaven Beach

    Soak up the idyllic scenery of white silica sand and crystal clear water on a catamaran trip to Whitehaven Beach.

    Catamaran to Whitehaven Beach

    Board your catamaran for a high speed catamaran journey through the protected Whitsunday Islands. Admire the beautiful serenity of your surroundings as you approach the lovely uninhabited island of Whitehaven. Your Captain will drop anchor a short distance from the island for you to wade ashore. Whitehaven Beach is a stunning 3½ mile stretch of pristine pure white silica sand and has been voted one of the top ten beaches in the world.

    You’ll have around two hours on this idyllic island to sunbathe on the stunning beach, stroll along the water’s edge and swim in the crystal clear water.

    On return to your catamaran, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon in the scenic surroundings before cruising back through the warm Whitsunday waters back to the port.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by catamaran. Guests need to be able to negotiate a gangway to access the catamaran and a set of steps into shallow water to access the beach. Please wear footwear that you don’t mind getting wet. Cold beverages can be purchased on board the catamaran. Swimming ability and capability is the responsibility of each guest. There are basic, ‘environmentally friendly’ toilets at the beach. There is some limited shade from the bush fronting the beach. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. It is forbidden to remove any sand from the beach. Please remember your swimwear, hat, towel and sunscreen.

    Tour code

    WSY_006

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • The Great Barrier Reef

    Discover the world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Great Barrier Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the great wonders of the natural world. This living reef was formed millions of years ago and is now home to hundreds of different types of colourful fish and coral.

    Enjoy the coastline views as you take a catamaran ride of around 2½ hours across to the Knuckle Reef purpose made pontoon. Here, you’ll have approximately 2½ hours to indulge in a variety of activities at the reef. The submerged paradise can be explored during a ride in the glass-bottom boat or from the pontoon’s underwater viewing chamber - these options allow you to spot the tropical fish and intricate coral gardens without getting wet. For those wishing to get closer to the world’s richest marine habitat there will be plenty of time to swim and snorkel or simply relax and admire the views.

    During your visit, a buffet luncheon will be served accompanied by tea or coffee.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    SCUBA DIVING
    All guests wishing to participate in a certified dive tour must hold a PADI open water scuba certification or BSAC Ocean Diver certification. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate divers with either a PADI Junior Open Water or a PADI Scuba Dive rating due to the depth limitations imposed by these qualifications. In line with the recommendations by the sports-diving industry, we strongly recommend that divers undertake a refresher course if they have not been diving within the last six months. You must be aged 15 or over, carry your dive certification card with you and we recommend that you carry your diving log or proof that you’ve recently completed a refresher course. If you are a certified diver, but are unable to meet our requirements we recommend taking the Discover Scuba excursion as an alternative.

    For Discover Scuba courses you don’t need any scuba experience but you must be 15 or over and be able to swim. You’ll also need to complete a medical/liability consent form before you go - but if you suffer from asthma, diabetes, heart problems or other medical conditions you won’t be able to take part. Please visit www.padi.com/padi/en/sd/whatsrequired.aspx for more information.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by catamaran. Transfer time is around 2½ hours each way. The fare includes a fee which goes towards the management and protection of the reef. There are approximately ten steps to access the catamaran, glass bottom boat and viewing chamber. Please bring a towel, sunscreen and swimwear. There is a no smoking policy on the catamaran and reef pontoon. The tour operates in all weather and cancellation is at the discretion of the Harbour Master. Those prone to seasickness should take the necessary precautions as the sea can get rough at times. Watersports, diving and guided snorkel tours may be on offer and are unconnected to Cunard and are payable direct. Qualified scuba divers require proof of certification. . Please remember to carry a credit card or local currency for any additional purchases.

    Tour code

    WSY_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    7½ hours

  • Rainforest Walk, Cedar Creek Falls & Airlie Beach

    Take a guided walk through the Conway National Park, admire the Cedar Creek Falls and spend some time in the resort town of Airlie Beach.

    Rainforest Walk, Cedar Creek Falls & Airlie Beach

    Conway National Park protects the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Queensland, outside of tropical North Queensland. The coastal park offers a wonderful mix of scenery with lovely panoramic views over the Whitsundays area. Here, your guide will take you on a walking discovery tour of the rainforest.

    Next, you’ll drive to the Cedar Creek Falls, to visit the natural rock waterfall. The surrounding woodland offers an abundance of flora and plant life, including majestic white cedar trees.

    To round off your tour, you’ll drive back to Airlie Beach to enjoy some free time to explore the resort town before heading back to the pier.

    A light picnic luncheon will be offered during your tour.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is conducted by a driver/guide only. This tour involves walking around two hours of leisurely walking over rainforest trails, which may be uneven and slippery in parts and includes steps. Flat, non-slip walking shoes are recommended. It is advisable to take sunscreen and a bottle of water.

    Tour code

    WSY_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours