Activities

Activities

 

  Things to do when you get here

OVERNIGHT SAILING TRIPS
 
DIVING
 
DAY TRIPS
economy, speed or style   swim with the fishes   day trip your socks off

 

Backpackers by the Bay is not affiliated with any particular tour or dive company, however we do support those companies who are part of the Whitsunday Charter Boat Industry Assocation and adhere to the association's Code of Conduct. This allows us to offer you the best, unbiased advice when selecting a sailing or dive trip, knowing the tours we recommend provide quality services and products. Our aim is to best suit your needs and to exceed your expectations. Of course, there are other reasons and benefits for booking your tours through our hostel. Some of these include:-

Price -taking advantage of (often un-advertised) standby rates, only available to local tour agents

Flexibility - the ability to take into account prevailing weather conditions that may affect your choice of boat, or even your inclination to sail

Ease - booking locally is more user friendly. If for whatever reason you or your trip cancels, retrieving your money is a lot easier if you deal with an agent in the town

Choice -as the selections on these pages suggest, there are many trips to choose from. Some will suit your needs, others will not. As mentioned above, the boats listed here all adhere to an industry regulated Code of Conduct meaning you are assured of a quality product and service

Finally, as your hostel, we have a vested interest in ensuring you enjoy your trip, (after all, we want you to rave about us after you leave). We take the extra time to make sure YOU get what YOU want. 

AND THE REALLY GOOD NEWS!!!???? – You will receive a nights accommodation in a four share room FREE OF CHARGE (yes, you heard right) when you book your overnight sailing trip or dive course directly through the hostel. You will also be dropped off at the marina, be able to store your backpack in our secure room and your valuables in the safe.

 


 Take An Overnight Cruise


The magnificent Whitsundays and her pristine islands fall inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This and the excellent sailing conditions and sheltered harbours, make it a mecca for boating of every description. You can sail on a classic Tall Ship, become part of the crew and experience the rush of competitive sailing on a maxi yacht or why not just sit back and relax on a vessel built for style and comfort. Most cruises cover at least 2days/2nights and just about everything is included in your fare including all meals, linen, snorkelling gear etc.  Prices quoted include all taxes.

Don't forget you will receive 1 free night's accommodation when you book a trip with us!!

 

 

 

BOAT NAME NORMAL PRICE STANDBY PRICE

Wednesday 26th April:-

Ride to Paradise - 2 days/2 nights
Prima - 2 days/2 nights

Thursday 27th April:-

Summertime - 3 days/2 nights
Ragamuffin - 3 days/2 nights

Friday 28th April:-

Kiana - 3 days/2 nights
Whitsunday Getaway - 2 days/2 nights
Blizzard - 2 days/2 nights - private double

Saturday 29th April:-

Wings - 2 days/2 nights
Waltzing Matilda - 2 days/1 night
Tongarra - 2 days/2 nights
Ride to Paradise - 2 days/2 nights
Broomstick - 2 days/2 nights
Solway Lass - 3 days/3 nights

Sunday 30th April:-

Summertime - 3 days/2 nights
Whitsunday Getaway - 2 days/2 nights
Wings - 2 days/2 nights

Monday 1st May:-

Kiana - 3 days/2 nights

Tuesday 2nd May:-

Waltzing Matilda - 2 days/1 night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$569
$469

 

$629
$529

 

$749
$795
$609

 

$474
$395
$449
$569
$469
$589

 

$629
$795
$474

 

$749

 

$395

 

 

 

$499
$429

 

$429
$479

 

$549
$600
$494


$410
$330
$399
$499
$429
$559

 

$499
$600
$410

 

$599

 

$345

 

     

 


  Take A Dive

Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is an area that allows you to dive pristine reefs.
The local dive company, Whitsunday Dive Adventures, offers a range of dive courses and adventures.

3 day Open Water Course: 5 confined (pool) dives, 4 ocean dives - $499
Advanced Open Water: 2 day course - $499
Rescue Course: 2 or 3 days, 20 dives - $595 for course $130 for First Aid Certificate
Dive Master and Dive Instructor courses are also available, as are Refresher courses -'tune-ups' for certified divers who haven't dived in some time;  Referrals - for people who have commenced their course elsewhere and wish to complete it.



 

 


 Take A Daytrip

Why not break your stay up a little and take a few day-trips. You can explore the islands or head inland, the choice, as always, is yours.

 Day trips give you the opportunity to spread out your holidays by breaking it up into small little adventures in between the more slothful activities like sunsoaking and just plain relaxing.

These activities are all easily booked from our hostel on the day you arrive. Places are always available and are often at local, 24 hour standby rates.

Below are some Day Trip suggestions:-

To book any of these fantastic activities simply tell us what you are after when you check in or fill out the form on the booking page for more information or to reserve a place. 

Dive/Snorkel the Outer Reef

Dive/Snorkel the Island Reef

Take a 3 Island Cruise

Inter-Island Resort Taxi

Whitehaven Snorkel/Dive

Island Kayaking

Tandem Skydiving

Parasail (single or tandem)

Acrobatic Tigermoth flight

Helicopter Island tours

Seaplane tours/drop-offs

 Guided Jet Ski tours

Catamaran & Jet Ski hire

 Fishing charters

Game fishing on the outer reef

 Crocodile spotting river tours

 
12 Hermitage Drive Airlie Beach
Queensland AUSTRALIA
Phone/Fax: +61 7 4946 7267
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