Illusions

Illusions is a 12m catamaran sailing daily from Airlie Beach to the beautiful fringing reefs at Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island & Langford Sandspit in the Whitsundays for snorkeling & diving. Small numbers make the trip intimate, space to lie down, lots of …

Day Trip

Maximum passengers: 20

Whats Included: Courtesy pickup and drop off from local area, cruise, snorkelling, lunch, EMC.

Optional Extras: Diving (optional extra to be paid onboard) Certified Dive $70, Intro Dive $75

Cruise, snorkel, scuba dive, swim with the fish while they are being fed, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. On Illusions, the choice is yours.

Illusions is fully licensed for your convenience, with beer, wine and spirits available at very reasonable prices, and is available for private functions and corporate charters.

Lunch is a buffet lunch with a variety of salads and chicken!

Illusions has lots of shelter from the elements. Loads of space to lie down and sunbath. Plenty of seating for all. The vessel is easy to move around, making it ideal for all ages. We take infants through to pensioners.

Blue Pearl Bay, the best diving and snorkelling in the Whitsundays, is on Hayman Island, in the northern part of the magnificent Whitsunday Islands on Queensland’s Central Coast. Sail and relax with Illusions as you leave Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach and cross the Whitsunday Passage to Hayman Island.

Watching and being part of the fish feeding at Blue Pearl Bay is an absolute highlight of any trip to the Whitsundays. You will be surrounded by hundreds of fish ranging in size from the smaller Sergeant Majors and brilliantly coloured Fusiliers right up to our own metre long Giant Wrasse, called “Rambo”!!

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 PADI instructor, you will be delighted at the range and diversity of the coral at Blue Pearl. 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 — not to mention the Giant Clams.

For those not wanting or unable to venture into the water, Illusions is equipped with Bathyscopes that allow you to see the coral and fish life from above water as you float over the bay in our dinghy. Yes — everyone that goes out on Illusions gets to see the fish and coral.

Then off to the stunning Langford sandspit (One Foot Island). A beach that rivals Whitehaven in that it has water on both sides, stunning coral for more snorkelling, and a very high chance of seeing turtles!

Should the weather prevent you getting to Blue Pearl Bay — a pretty unusual event — they have other locations that will let you experience the wonder of the fringing reefs of the magnificent Whitsundays.

Approx 2 hour trip across to Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island.

Followed by about 2 hours of snorkeling and diving. The best diving and snorkelling in the Whitsundays.

Then a short trip to Langford Island, a stunning beach with more snorkelling and the chance to see turtles. A beach that rivals Whitehaven.

Lunch on the boat during the return trip to Abell Point Marina.

Departure Days & Times: Cruise departs approx 7:30 am and returns 3.30pm (approx)

Courtesy Shuttle Bus is available.

Extras:

Introductory Dive $75

Certified Dive $70. 2 dives for certified divers available but weather and conditions dependent. The second dive is $50.

Stinger Suits during stinger season $8

Stinger suits and wetsuits are included free with the dives.

Alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water for sale on vessel.

Tea, coffee and tap water free.

Courtesy bus provided. Pick ups vary between 7 to 7.20am

7.20 am approx – Depart Abell Point Marina
10 am approx – Arrive Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island for Snorkeling and Diving
Midday approx – Depart Blue Pearl Bay
12.30 pm approx – Arrive Langford Island for more Snorkeling
1pm approx – Depart Langford Island
3 t0 3.30pm – Arrive Abell Point Marina

Courtesy bus for pick up and drop off from most accomodations in Airlie Beach. Otherwise passengers need to be at the Northern end of Abell Point Marina by the roundabout at 7:10am for a 7:20 to 7:30am departure.

Certified Scuba Dive $70, extra dive $50 (includes all gear and suits)

Introductory Dive $75

Stinger suit hire $6

Wetsuit hire $10

Alcohol, water and softdrinks for sale on the vessel.