Queensland, Australia

RIDE TO PARADISE WHITSUNDAYS​

Starting from

$320 AUD

Departure

Departs: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday at 2.30pm
Returns: Every Wednesday, Friday, and Monday at 12pm

Pricing options

$320.00 Ride to Paradise Whitsundays Resort Stay

Trip Highlights

Ride to Paradise is the ultimate resort stay package around the Whitsunday Islands. The all-inclusive combo departs from Airlie Beach and offers an exclusive accommodation at the multiple award-winning Paradise Cove Resort. The custom-built vessel offers a comfortable and smooth ride to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and snorkelling at pristine locations on the fringing Great Barrier Reef. The vessel allows passengers to arrive at the destinations quickly with more time for activities such as sunbathing, swimming and exploring the Whitsunday Islands.

GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, towel and a hat
  • Practical clothing and footwear (warmer items during winter)
  • Underwater camera
  • BYO alcohol (no glass or red wine)
  • A sense of fun and adventure!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 2 nights accommodation at Paradise Cove Resort
  • Day trip to the best spots in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Fresh clean linen
  • Free use of snorkelling equipment
  • All meals plus morning and afternoon snacks
  • Tea and coffee

WHAT'S EXTRA

  • A $50 deposit will be taken upon check in for the loan of a 30 L dry bag for your belongings, which will be refunded to the passenger when the bag is returned at the end of the trip.

Ride to Paradise is the ultimate 2-day 2-night resort stay package around the Whitsunday Islands. The all-inclusive combo departs from Airlie Beach and offers an exclusive two nights’ accommodation at the multiple award-winning Paradise Cove Resort. The custom-built vessel offers a comfortable and smooth ride to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and snorkelling at pristine locations on the fringing Great Barrier Reef. The vessel allows passengers to arrive at the destinations quickly with more time for activities such as sunbathing, swimming and exploring the Whitsunday Islands.

Paradise Cove Resort is a hidden gem situated off the Whitsunday Coast.  All guests can enjoy natural beauty and tranquillity of absolute oceanfront tropical gardens fringed by white sand and towering coconut palms. This luxury hideaway will take guests to another place.

  1. Unique Whitsundays all-inclusive resort package
  2. Exclusive use of a secluded boutique resort – maximum 32 guests
  3. Internationally award-winning bath houses
  4. Enjoy free resort activities including paddle boards, kayaks, hammocks, fire pit, floating bean bags, pool table, table tennis plus a huge beautiful indoor/outdoor pool with adjoining jacuzzi
  5. Premium quality meals inclusive of morning tea and afternoon tea
  6. Choice of rooms from luxury shared to private en-suite king villas
  7. Custom built vessel that alleviates seasickness and offers maximum time at iconic Whitsunday locations such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout
  8. “Fly to Paradise” is an optional extra which includes a 1-hour Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays scenic flight that arrives at Paradise Cove Resort.
  9. 2018 Australian, Queensland and Whitsunday GOLD award winner for Major Tour and Transport Operator
  10. 2018 Queensland and Whitsunday GOLD award winner for Adventure Tourism
  11. This exclusive Whitsunday islands resort package will not disappoint!

Over 18’s only 

Seaplane flights are available to all passengers as an add-on to their package. ‘Fly to Paradise’ includes a one-hour scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

The Air Whitsunday seaplane will land at Paradise Cove Resort on the first day of your 2 day/2 night Ride to Paradise tour.

  • Take those once in a lifetime photos of the Whitsundays
  • Experience the outer Great Barrier Reef up close as your flight does a touch landing
  • Exclusive to Ride to Paradise

One-hour scenic seaplane flight – Air Whitsundays> Whitsunday Islands> Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet> Outer Great Barrier Reef & Heart Reef> Touch landing> Paradise Cove Resort

  • Total $300.00 per passenger

(PDF) The Whitsundays Visitor Guide

(PDF) The Whitsundays Queensland - 74 Island Wonders

SAMPLE ITINERARY

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Special Needs

Passengers travelling with Ride to Paradise who have special conditions including, the elderly, passenger with mobility issues or special medical conditions need to contact Red Cat Adventures check-in office and discuss their special conditions prior to booking. Special conditions need to be approved by the operator prior to booking or else boarding for the tour may be refused.

If Red Cat Adventures has not been notified of the above, prior to our 21 day cancellation policy you may be refused boarding, and there will be no refund as per the cancellation policy.

Day 1

  • The Ride to Paradise Whitsundays Tour starts at Coral Sea Marina|Resort at 2pm where you will be met our friendly crew.
  • The fast and fun Wildcat will cruise to the idyllic Paradise Cove Resort and glide onto the exclusive sandy beach.
  • Enjoy a cheese and dips platter while the crew explains the resort and the plan for the next few days.
  • The afternoon is yours to play pool, tennis, paddle board, kayak, walk on the beach, chill by the pool/spa or simply relax in a hammock take in the tranquillity of Paradise Cove.
  • After dinner and dessert, the crew will light the fire down on the beach and you can try your hand at roasting some marshmallows.
  • After counting the shooting stars, you can head back to your room and fall asleep to the sounds of nature in the most comfortable bed you have slept in for a long time.
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Day 2

  • Wilcat departs the resort at 9am and takes you on ride of a lifetime to Whitehaven Beach and the amazing Hill Inlet Lookout.
  • The next stop is the renowned Mantaray Bay for an exciting snorkel amongst 100s of colourful fish.
  • The last stop of the day is Peters Bay to view some amazing colourful soft corals.
  • The ride back to Paradise Cove Resort through the Whitsunday islands is simply breathtaking. Either continue with free resort activities or enjoy a nice relaxing sunbath by the pool while we get dinner prepared.
  • After dinner relax and socialise with new friends, sit back in the hot spa or join in on a nature bush walk with one of our experienced crew.

Day 3

  • After breakfast the boat departs to Langford Sandbar for guests to soak up some sun, enjoy a last snorkel or take a short walk to the look out to take a stunning photo of the Whitsunday Islands.
  • Morning tea is served before the ride home.
  • The return journey gives offers one last chance to marvel at the Whitsunday islands and reflect on the amazing adventures of the last couple of days.

*While we try our best to fulfil our planned itinerary, please understand that tide and weather conditions sometimes result in us visiting alternate locations to ensure a more enjoyable trip for our passengers.

 

Sample Menu

Day 1

  • Upon arrival – Cheese and dip platter including crackers, selection of  dips, cheese, cabana, celery, carrot + tea coffee.
  • Dinner – Steamed BBQ fish, mash potato, coleslaw & sourdough bread
  • Desert – Apple/berry strudel with warm custard.

Day 2

  • Breakfast – Cornflakes, coco pops, muesli, fresh fruit salad, multi grain/wholemeal/white bread, toast toppings including vegemite, marmalade, butter, nutella, honey, strawberry jam. Drinks orange juice, berry juice, tea & coffee
  • Morning Tea – Lamingtons
  • Lunch – Salads and deli meats – salami, ham, beef, pesto green vegetable pasta,  tomato and olive pasta, rolls + wraps.
  • Afternoon Tea – Nacho chips and dips, biscuits & tea coffee
  • Dinner – Red Thai chicken curry, rice, spring rolls.
  • Desert – Chocolate mouse with crushed biscuits, coconut shavings, berries & vanilla ice cream.

Day 3

  • Breakfast – Cornflakes, coco pops, muesli, fresh fruit salad, multi grain/wholemeal/white bread, toast toppings including vegemite, marmalade, butter, nutella, honey, strawberry jam. Drinks orange juice, berry juice, tea & coffee
  • Morning Tea – Chocolate or berry Muffins

*Food allergies and dietary needs to be requested at time of booking. Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for Vegans. We suggest they choose a vegetarian diet and bring their own snacks.

(PDF) The economic, social and icon value of the Great Barrier Reef

LOCATION

ADDRESS
350 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia

THE WHITSUNDAYS

With over 3000 individual reef systems, 600 islands and 300 coral cays stretching from the most northeastern part of the Queensland coast all the way down to Bundaberg, it’s easy to see why millions of visitors come each year to witness the beauty that is the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is World Heritage listed and is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  There are two types of the reef; fringing reefs which are formed around the islands and the mainland and the outer reef which forms a protective “barrier” further offshore.  Both are abundant with marine life and hold spectacular beauty and biodiversity.

THE WHITSUNDAYS AND GREAT BARRIER REEF

Corals are the building blocks of the reef.  Quick reef facts;

  • Many individual coral polyps aggregate in genetically identical colonies. This is what we know as a “coral reef”.
  • Corals secrete a calcium carbonate exoskeleton which is left long after a coral has died.
  • Some corals can catch small fish and plankton using stinging cells on their tentacles however most obtain the majority of their energy and nutrients from zooxanthellae (single-celled dinoflagellates) that live within their tissues. This is why most corals on the Great Barrier Reef require sunlight and prefer to grow in clear, shallow water.
  • The foundations provided by coral reefs provide habitat and feeding grounds for an abundance of life.

But it is not just the reefs that are important.  The mangroves around the islands and on the mainland coasts provide important nursery grounds for fish species and work as filters, trapping sediment and improving water quality.  The seagrass meadows provide important habitat for juvenile fish before they head out to the reefs or ocean and are a vital food source for marine life including dugongs and mature marine turtles.

There are lots of things to see above and below the water.  The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is dotted with hundreds of tropical islands and includes some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  Certainly, a location not to be missed when visiting Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is under threat from climate change, poor water quality from land-based run-off, impacts from coastal development and illegal fishing.  In recent years major storms and floods have affected an ecosystem already under pressure. Crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks and marine debris are also affecting the Reef. 

Coral bleaching is a well-publicised event that has occurred in some coral species along the Great Barrier Reef that are not able to withstand spikes in ocean temperatures.  The most recent bleaching events were in 2016 and 2107 and luckily the Whitsundays reefs were largely unaffected.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) warns that in the long-term, ocean acidification is likely to be the most significant impact of a changing climate on the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Quick Facts:

  • climate change is the biggest threat to the reef
  • The average annual temperatures are getting hotter
  • the oceans are acidifying
  • sea levels around the globe on average are rising
  • cyclone intensity is predicted to increase however frequency is likely to decrease.

This is why Red Cat Adventures is striving for environmental excellence.  See our Ecotourism page for more info.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority provide regular video updates on the health of the Reef.  Check out their latest update here.

THE WHITSUNDAYS AND GREAT BARRIER REEF

Corals are the building blocks of the reef.  Quick reef facts;

  • Many individual coral polyps aggregate in genetically identical colonies. This is what we know as a “coral reef”.
  • Corals secrete a calcium carbonate exoskeleton which is left long after a coral has died.
  • Some corals can catch small fish and plankton using stinging cells on their tentacles however most obtain the majority of their energy and nutrients from zooxanthellae (single-celled dinoflagellates) that live within their tissues. This is why most corals on the Great Barrier Reef require sunlight and prefer to grow in clear, shallow water.
  • The foundations provided by coral reefs provide habitat and feeding grounds for an abundance of life.

But it is not just the reefs that are important.  The mangroves around the islands and on the mainland coasts provide important nursery grounds for fish species and work as filters, trapping sediment and improving water quality.  The seagrass meadows provide important habitat for juvenile fish before they head out to the reefs or ocean and are a vital food source for marine life including dugongs and mature marine turtles.

There are lots of things to see above and below the water.  The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is dotted with hundreds of tropical islands and includes some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.  Certainly, a location not to be missed when visiting Australia.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is under threat from climate change, poor water quality from land-based run-off, impacts from coastal development and illegal fishing.  In recent years major storms and floods have affected an ecosystem already under pressure. Crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks and marine debris are also affecting the Reef. 

Coral bleaching is a well-publicised event that has occurred in some coral species along the Great Barrier Reef that are not able to withstand spikes in ocean temperatures.  The most recent bleaching events were in 2016 and 2107 and luckily the Whitsundays reefs were largely unaffected.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) warns that in the long-term, ocean acidification is likely to be the most significant impact of a changing climate on the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. Quick Facts:

  • climate change is the biggest threat to the reef
  • The average annual temperatures are getting hotter
  • the oceans are acidifying
  • sea levels around the globe on average are rising
  • cyclone intensity is predicted to increase however frequency is likely to decrease.

This is why Red Cat Adventures is striving for environmental excellence.  See our Ecotourism page for more info.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority provide regular video updates on the health of the Reef.  Check out their latest update here.

THE WHITSUNDAYS

Located at the “Heart of the Reef”, the Whitsundays is known as the gateway to exploring the Great Barrier Reef.  The Whitsundays area of the marine park is made up of 74 islands, most of which are uninhabited.  Whitsunday Island is the largest of the islands and home to Whitehaven Beach, a 7 km long beach is famous for its crystal clear waters and perfect 98% silica white sand. Voted number one beach in the Australia and best beach in the South Pacific in the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards and the second best beach in the world in 2017 by FlightNetwork, Whitehaven Beach is one location not to be missed when visiting the Whitsundays.

Airlie Beach is the main coastal town centre and the location that tours to the reef depart from. The Whitsundays local airport, Proserpine Airport, is just 30 minutes’ drive away from Airlie Beach, making it easy for travellers to visit.  Airlie Beach has a diverse range of accommodation to suit any traveller. The town boasts many restaurants, cafes and bars. Airlie Lagoon is a 140m x 40m saltwater swimming lagoon. Admission is free and features BBQs and lifeguards in the precinct seven days a week.

The Whitsundays has many spectacular places to visit on the mainland including Conway National Park.  The Honeyeater lookout walk has a view not to be missed for the active traveller.  Visitors can see saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat and get up close and personal with native wildlife on a variety of local tours.

A huge array of events attract visitors to the Whitsundays including the annual Great Barrier Reef Festival,  Airlie Beach Festival of Music and, for the sailing enthusiasts, you may like to time your trip to coincide with Race Week.

THE WHITSUNDAYS MARVELLOUS MARINE LIFE

Six of the seven species of marine turtle that can be found around the world exist on the Great Barrier Reef and regularly visit the Whitsundays.  Turtles nest from November to February and hatchlings start emerging from January to April.  Unfortunately all of our turtle species are listed as either endangered vulnerable which means that they may become endangered if threats continue.  This is one of the reasons why Red Cat Adventures is dedicated to a Green Wave Policy to ensure that the impact of our operations is minimal and we are doing everything we can to conserve the reef and the amazing creatures its supports.

The waters of the Great Barrier Reef are visited annual by migratory species including the humpback whale which can be seen from June to September when they seek warm protected waters to give birth to their calves before heading south again for summer.  Guests on Red Cat trips regularly site these majestic creatures on our tours in winter months.

Other large animals that can be seen in the Whitsundays include mammals the snubfin and bottlenose dolphin and dugongs.  Did you know that the Great Barrier Reef has one of the world’s most important dugong populations!

The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 130 species of rays and sharks including reef sharks, tiger sharks, wobbegong, earning their name from the Aboriginal word for shaggy beard due to their shaggy appearance and rays including manta rays.  Although sharks do inhabit our waters the chance of an encounter on tours is minimal as sharks usually are most active at dawn and dusk.

(PDF) The Ultimate Guide to Driving the Great Barrier Reef

(PDF) Reef Pocket Guide

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