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“One of the best snorkelling and scuba diving experiences I have ever had..”

Illusions Whitsundays
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The best day sailing, snorkelling and diving in the Whitsundays. Relax on a 12m luxury catamaran, with space to lounge, and escape the elements too. Perfect for all ages. Visit the beautiful Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, and Langford reef, where you may even get to swim with turtles. We might not look like an old pirate ship or charge like one, but we do offer more sailing and snorkelling time than most, and we charge much less. Small numbers too mean plenty of space to sit or lie down.
Reviewed 14 August 2018

As the title suggests, this was an amazing experience. I did have a look at a lot of the reviews and I was a bit reluctant at first, but glad I bit the bullet and just booked it. There are a lot of tour companies in the Whitsundays, particularly on and around Airlie beach. A lot of them take you to Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet because they are the biggest tour attractions in the Whitsundays, and don't get me wrong, they were cool. But this one is a little different as this is run by a sailing and diving enthusiast couple using their own boat. It is a far more intimate experience than a lot of the other hot-dog factory tours and Naomi and Jo have between them clocked thousands and thousands of dives and know all the great snorkelling and dive spots. When I went diving with Naomi, she was just as excited as me to see Nemo (three times) as well as a sting ray and a bunch of other cool stuff. There was a little fishy named Wally (yes I named it) that followed us for one of our dives.

Naomi might not be everyone's cup of tea (as these reviews suggest) as she can be quite blunt when it comes to safety and tidiness but this is to ensure the safety of her guests and safety of herself and the skipper. Just FYI, my wife was pregnant when we went on this tour and Naomi was more than accommodating; she even reassured my wife that provided she wore a wetsuit she would remain safe from the stingers.

Naomi was also quite pedantic about their catamaran remaining clean (and this may annoy some people). But this isn't just a little tinny with an engine, it is a pretty epic boat (yes I called it a boat to annoy Joe) and you'll see why they want to keep it so tidy. Lounging on the nets as you cruise the Whisundays is so relaxing and it makes it easier to enjoy your ride to some of the most awesome dive and snorkelling sites.

Yes, there is a chance that if you book it may get cancelled so ensure you have a backup and leave a few days either side of your booking to ensure you go out at least once. Because its a private boat and the ocean is unpredictable, they can't always go out. But when they do, it is super awesome.

If you want to go see Whitehaven beach and Hill Inlet and hear the tour guides like everyone else, book another tour company (they are cool to see) but if you want to see amazing marine life either via a snorkel or diving suit, then get on the Illusions 2. We didn't even have amazing weather (it was rainy for a lot of it) but the visibility under the water was still pretty decent.

Thanks Naomi and Joe for an amazing adventure.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kavian K
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"blue pearl bay"
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"fish"
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"nice dive"
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"hayman island"
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"day trip"
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"great chat"
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"langford reef"
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"real character"
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"amazing marine life"
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"dive spots"
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"lunch included"
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"cracking jokes"
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Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Would highly recommend the thorough and methodical approach of the crew. The boys aged 13 and 15, enjoyed it so much, we are booking on it again next week. This is the second company we have used this week, to dive and sail with, on the Whitsundays and I would recommend this company over the other company we used.
We are both experienced divers and the dives had something for everyone. Good dive sites with plenty of marine life, including turtles and whales. A delightful boat, lovely lunch with a very experienced crew. A great day out and excellent value for money.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mariah0rsburgh
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Reviewed 24 July 2018

We booked this trip for our last day in Airlie Beach and at 5:00 the evening before our dive we received a text from the company cancelling our trip because the family we were going with called in sick. It ruined our trip, we came all the way to Australia from Canada and did not dive because of this company! Both heartbreaking and Unforgivable!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank MrsHaley828
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negreta, Owner at Illusions Whitsundays, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

We do apologise for the inconvenience but things like this can happen unexpectedly and beyond our control. We do recommend that in the future in your travels if you are planning something very special, like diving, that you allow a couple of days. There are lots of factors that can occur that can prevent any company from going out. We did try to call you earlier but could not get through, so left a txt message.

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Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

A truely fantastic day. Weather was amazing which added to the experience. Naomi and Josef were very welcoming and went out of their way to make our day. The boat was lovely and spacious with room for the small group. Food was great too! Highly recommend.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Heather W
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Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

We wanted to take the kids on a sail boat and wanted them to really enjoy it.
They loved this boat and despite getting quite cold didn’t want to stay off the tramps getting splashed as we went.
They enjoyed the snorkeling and visiting the islands all in all a great day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Wooduck6
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