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Air Whitsunday company profile

Air Whitsunday pioneered seaplane services to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands in April 1973. The company was founded by Kevin and Sue Bowe and commenced operations from Happy Bay on Long Island with just one Lake Buccaneer (amphibious flying boat). The company quickly grew to become the largest seaplane operator in the Southern Hemisphere and it retains that position today.

The discovery of “Heart Reef” in 1975 by one of Air Whitsunday’s very own pilots John Ramsden has provided a focal point to their popular scenic flights and showcases the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. The Heart Reef is now a Whitsunday feature of the tourism market and one of the bucket list things to see for many travellers around the globe.

Over 46-years of operating history, Air Whitsunday Seaplanes has grown and evolved into an iconic business that concerns itself with providing excellence and a memorable luxury experience to all its guests.

They operate two classic De Havilland Beaver floatplanes that are ideal for island-hopping conditions accommodating up to six passengers. Their Cessna Caravan is a modern turbine powered aircraft, providing air-conditioned comfort and a luxurious interior for up to ten passengers.

Air Whitsunday is the only mainland operator in the Whitsundays that connects with glass bottom vessels within a private snorkelling lagoon at the Great Barrier Reef. The two glass bottom boats are operated during our snorkelling tours and accommodate up to thirty guests in total plus three crew members keeping the group sizes small and private.

Scenic Flight Booker is proud to be associated with Air Whitsunday, and all of their tours can be booked online via our website HERE