Whitsunday Paradise Explorer

Whitsunday Paradise Explorer

Whitsunday Paradise Explorer
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
We specialize in personalized private charters for families and small groups and can design a tour to suit your location, time, and interests. We operate from Airlie beach and focus on the Central Whitsunday islands for snorkeling, bush walks and secluded beach stops without the crowds. We can provide you with delicious lunches or you are welcome to bring your own catering. We also have an exciting new Indigenous Cultural Tour which is a first for the region and has a Traditional Owner from the Ngaro people as our tour guide.
Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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lesleyW
United Kingdom5 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
John, aka Captain Xmas for the day was exceptional, courteous, knowledge sharing and extremely caring for the environment and us, such an enjoyable day for our family to enjoy and experience, highly recommend this trip and thank you John for making it so great.
Written 25 December 2023
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sarlulu2023
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We had the most amazing day with Whitsunday Paradise Explorer! It’s well worth spending the extra money and get to experience the Whitsundays as a private group. Leading up to our trip, John went out of his way to ensure we’re set for an unforgettable day. On the day we had Ed as our skipper and he was amazing too. They care about the paradise we’re lucky enough to visit and experience and share a lot of knowledge! The day went super quick and we had lots of fun, were able to see and take in all the beauty the Whitsundays have to offer. We had a total of 4 stops which we discussed with Ed before leaving our hotel. But if I would do it again, I’d probably reduce to 3 and spend more time in each stop but that’s personal preference. The food was absolutely amazing, the fruit platter was next level - fresh and so much flavor, yum! Thanks to their knowledge we stopped at beautiful reefs where we saw lots of fish. Thank you John and Ed for making this day so special, a memory we’ll cherish forever.
Written 20 November 2023
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Lauren H
2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I was injured during a boat ride where John failed to disclose the potential conditions of the water and how rough and long of a ride we could be in for.

What was supposed to be a relaxing 1hr long boat ride to Whitehaven beach, turned into 2 hrs of being tossed violently in our seats, through 5-6ft swells (without life vests on, as John did not advise us to wear them from the start)!

Having had surgery on my hip several months prior, had I known the conditions of the water could change so drastically, I would not have gone.

When I told John how irresponsible it was to have taken us out in such rough conditions without giving any kind of disclosure his response was to call me a “stupid girl” and tell me that it was up to me to disclose medical conditions as well as forecast the conditions of the water!!

John took zero responsibility and we were still forced to pay for the entire experience, even though we had to helicopter out on the return due to the pain I was in.

A month later and I am still dealing with the injury that occurred on John's boat.

This man should not be in business.

Written 24 September 2023
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Vincent D
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Couples
John provided an amazing experience all around, great communication, and a service that went above and beyond our expectations. Highly recommend
Written 15 September 2023
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Stephanie S
37 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
The communication with John was outstanding. Everything was clear and helpful.
They really went above and beyond to ensure we came away with a good experience. The food was delicious and we would definitely use the service again
Written 15 September 2023
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alex k
Sydney, Australia25 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
John, our host was everything you'd like to see in such a role, particularly in his knowledge of all things Whitsundays. His rib boat was very comfortable, fast and steady. We toured a number of islands south and east of Airlie Beach, including one tour of aboriginal cave drawings. The very tasty lunch and snacks were provided by My Rainbow Cafe. John took us to his favourite coral reef snorkeling spot which is as good as any you would expect to see here. Oh and don't believe the headlines about the GBR not being at its peak as this reef and acquatic life was unforgettable. There is nothing about this tour that I could begin to criticise. If you want a private day tour of the Whitsunday Islands for a small group, up to 8 people from memory, then you won't get any better than Paradise Explorer.
Written 29 June 2023
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Joy D
2 contributions
June 2023 • Couples
John was an amazing and exceptionally knowledgeable skipper on our snorkeling and Whitsundays day trip to Whitehaven from Elysian Eco Retreat. He catered for all 6 guests with great care and genuine kindness. His passion for eco tourism was clearly evident. This trip with John was a true highlight of a wonderful trip to the Whitsundays.
Written 26 June 2023
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Sandy
6 contributions
June 2023 • Friends
My main aim in life is to win lotto and circumnavigate Australia by lighthouses, but the winning lotto bit isn’t working for me so I just tick them off when I can. I contacted John from few months back to ask about getting out to see some lighthouses in the Whitsundays while in the area. He responded quickly to my request outlining a few options and recommendations and I was grateful of his local knowledge. I chose the Dent Island lighthouse option and he tentatively booked the two days I was to be in town, saying that we would confirm closer once the weather was known. As the dates got closer, we settled on the better weather day, and John recommended a time later in the day so that the light would be best to photograph the lighthouse, which I thought was very considerate. It was a great day, he got me as close as he could so I was able to get lots of photos and was very accommodating. The whole trip was tailored to my needs. When I do win lotto I’ll definitely be back to do the other options!
Written 21 June 2023
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LINDAJPAYNE
1 contribution
Mar 2023
The most wonderful experience of our trip to the Whitsunday Islands. John provided myself (Linda) my husband (Tim) my son (George) and his partner (Elena) with the most fantastic day. John had so much information and knowledge to share and he took us to so many fabulous places, including the view point for Whitehaven Beach. The ride in the lovely Paradise Explorer was great fun and very exhilarating to be travelling at high speed on the open seas. We loved snorkelling and swimming with the fish in the beautifully clear ocean too. John was a wonderful host and provided us with lots of lovely treats to eat including a platter of fresh fruit and delicious muffins from his local bakery - My Rainbow Cafe. John is one of the first to use recyclable water bottles on his cruiser - Wallaby Water! We are still using the container back in the UK and loving the memories that it evokes.
We would highly recommend the whole experience, it was one of the best days of our lives! Thank you, John, for giving us such a memorable and personalised experience.
We would absolutely give John and the Paradise Explorer full marks!
Written 23 April 2023
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Melody
3 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
I booked a private charter with John for 2/11/23 and we had a wonderful time! My husband and I flew in from Texas to visit our daughter in Brisbane. We took a road trip up to Airlie Beach and stayed 4 days. We booked this for the day before we left. John took us to the Hill Inlet lookout, Whitehaven Beach, Esk island (coral beach), snorkeling to a couple of spots, and to a few other cool areas. We saw lots of fish and some sting rays. He was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. It was an amazing experience and I HIGHLY recommend it if you are looking for a private, personalized tour of the Whitsunday Islands!! Worth it for the unique experience and beautiful scenery with John.
Written 19 February 2023
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