Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour

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Experience a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the dramatic canyons of the Shotover River.

Come with Skippers Canyon Jet and experience unbeatable value as you are taken on a spectacular guided tour of Skippers Canyon followed by a thrilling jet boat ride through the narrowest canyons on the Shotover River.

The Jet Boat Tour begins with a guided drive into historic Skippers Canyon with on board commentary from our knowledgeable drivers. You will be escorted into a land rich in gold mining history and stunning scenery via the infamous Skippers Road which was carved out of the vertical rock face by miners over 120yrs ago. Getting there is half the adventure!

Once on the boat you will feel your adrenaline surge as you power deeper into Skippers Canyon through the dramatic canyons of the Shotover River. Our highly skilled jet boat drivers manoeuvre the boat just inches from the sheer canyon walls and keep the excitement levels high with speeds in excess of 80kmh and a series of full 360 degree spins. Skippers Canyon Jet Boat Tour is the only jet boat ride where you get to experience historic gold mining relics that still remain in the river and Lord of the Rings locations.

Skippers Canyon Jet is THE must do jet boat trip in Queenstown.


Lake Wakatipu, Kawarau and Shotover River Jet Boat Ride

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Get ready for an insane 60 minute Queenstown Jet boat ride thundering across three waterways traveling at speeds of up to 95kph in the fastest and meanest Jet boats in town.

Blast across Lake Wakatipu and down the world-famous Kawarau and Shotover Rivers with 45km of unforgettable thrills, 360 degree spins and adrenaline in one of the world’s most stunning locations.

Departing every hour on the hour from Central Queenstown, come and experience the world’s first Jet boat ride with Kawarau Jet (KJet) from the Main Town Pier or Frankton Marina. There’s a reason we’ve been around for over 60 years… it’s in our blood!


Kawarau Jet to Raft Combo

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Combine two of Queenstown’s most iconic activities, for one awesome adventure .

  • 4 hours and 30 minutes
  • Thrilling 30min Jet Boat across Lake Wakatipu to meet your raft
  • Raft grade 2-3 white water rapids down the picture-perfect Kawarau River
  • Tackle the famous 400m Dog Leg rapid, NZ’s longest commercially rafted rapid
  • Cliff jumping and rapid swimming (optional)


Queenstown 60-Min Jet Boat Adventure

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An exhilarating adventure starting in the heart of Queenstown.

  • 60 min down Frankton Arm and on to the Kawarau River
  • Speeds up to 95kmph & epic 360-degree spins
  • Expert drivers

For those here for the Autumn/Winter – we recommend dressing as you would for a day in the snow! There is a chance you will get wet!


Jetboat Ride on Trinity Inlet

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Awesome 35min Jet Boat adventure!

Experience the thrills of jet boating in stunning Cairns
Your experienced Captain provides interesting commentary about the beautiful sights of the Trinity Inlet

Purchase awesome on-board photos of your adventure
The most thrilling way to cool off in Cairns

Explore a stunning environment alive with natural flora and fauna

Local Captain with some great information about Cairns and the waterway to share! (And he’s funny too!)

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Jet Boat Ride

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Jump on board! Hold on tight! Prepare to get wet!

Let our qualified jet boat pilot take you on a 380hp ride to remember around Airlie Beach’s picturesque Pioneer Bay!

Spitting out a whopping 600L/s our Jet Boat “Cheeky Bee” will be sure to make your day.

Crammed full of adrenaline pumping action, this is the Ultimate scenic tour! 180’s, 360’s, Drifts & some submarine action is a certainty.

See the best of Airlie from the water, multi-million dollar mansions, our native wild life & even a ship wreck! We often encounter Turtles, Dugong’s and Rays.

With FREE photos this is by far the most value-packed tour in the Whitsundays!

Multiple tour times throughout the day makes it pretty hard for you to miss out!


Hill Inlet Lookout

Thundercat Whitsundays

Thundercat Whitsundays Day Tour

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Red Cat Adventures operates Thundercat Whitsundays and offers an exhilarating sightseeing catamaran boat ride from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands all in one day.

Travel on a Queensland vacation tourism adventure like no other, where the azure waters meet coral reefs, and nature’s wonders are just a boat ride away. Thundercat Whitsundays day tour invites travellers of all ages to discover and explore the hidden gems of the Whitsunday Islands, promising an exhilarating day filled with exploration, relaxation, epic tourism destinations and unforgettable memories.

  • EXHILARATING ADVENTURE: Thundercat tour offers an 8-hour journey suitable for all ages. Explore the Whitsunday Islands with confidence and comfort.
  • ICONIC WHITEHAVEN BEACH: This itinerary includes visits to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, which offer breathtaking views. It is perfect for nature lovers and photo enthusiasts.
  • DISCOVER SNORKELLING: Features two snorkelling locations along the reef on the Whitsunday Islands. It is ideal for underwater exploration and witnessing vibrant marine life.
  • STABLE AND FAST BOAT: Made with a cutting-edge design, Thundercat Whitsundays provides a smooth ride. It is suitable for those concerned about seasickness and perfect for families.
  • ALL-INCLUSIVE EXPERIENCE: The tour includes safety gear, meals, and snorkeling equipment. Designed to provide a hassle-free adventure for travellers.
  • AWARD-WINNING TOUR: Recognized with three Australian Gold Tourism Awards for exceptional experience. Trusted and celebrated by adventurers.
  • GUEST CAPACITY: the boat can accommodate up to 38 passengers, fostering a sense of community. It is ideal for making memories with new friends or family.

Discover the Whitsundays Islands

The Whitsunday Islands are a jewel in the crown of Australia’s natural attractions. They are located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and offer pristine white sandy beaches, vibrant marine life on coral reefs, and turquoise waters. Thundercat Whitsundays provides an exclusive gateway cruise to this paradise with a fast, stable boat that’s perfect for adventurers of all ages. Designed for both thrill-seekers and those who wish for a gentler introduction to the sea, our tours offer the perfect balance of excitement and comfort.

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet

Our tour’s first day cruise highlight is the visit to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach. With its 7 kilometres of unspoiled white silica sand and crystal-clear waters, it’s no wonder that Whitehaven Beach is often listed among the most beautiful beaches in the world. The adventure continues with a trek to the Hill Inlet lookout, offering breathtaking views of the swirling sands below, creating a mesmerizing natural art piece perfect for capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

Underwater Wonders Await

But the beauty of the Whitsundays isn’t just found on its shores. Thundercat Whitsundays day tour offers two snorkelling stops at secluded locations along the Great Barrier Reef’s fringing coral reefs. These spots, carefully chosen for their vibrant coral gardens and abundant marine life, provide an intimate view of the underwater world. Even beginners on this trip can feel at ease diving into this Coral Sea aquatic wonderland, with all necessary gear and guidance provided.

An Award-Winning Adventure for Everyone

Red Cat Adventures, which operates this Whitsunday day tour, has been recognized with the Tourism Australian Gold Award for its exceptional experience. It ensures that every tourist for the 8-hour tour journey is filled with joy, discovery, and adventure. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun day, a couple seeking a romantic escape, or a solo traveller eager to explore, our all-inclusive voyage offers something for everyone. With a capacity of up to 38 passengers, these tours foster a sense of community and shared wonder, making for a truly unique experience.

  • Depart Coral Sea Marina 9am
  • Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach
  • Mantaray Bay – Snorkelling
  • Stone Haven Bay – Snorkel the stunning Coral Gardens
  • Return Coarl Sea Marina 5pm

  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Stinger Suit
  • Mask and Snorkel
  • Onboard Bathroom
  • Fast Catamaran

  • Children aged between 2 and 14 years old.
  • Children under two years old must be approved before departure and supply their own lifejacket.
  • Children one or under must have a baby carrier with a parent.

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel and a hat
  • Practical clothing and footwear (warmer items during winter)
  • Underwater camera
  • BYO alcohol (no glass or red wine) for the boat only
  • Refillable water bottle

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Whitsunday Bullet

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Whitsunday Bullet combines comfort with speed to provide a sensational trip around the Whitsunday Islands.

You will visit all the world-famous Whitsunday icons, all in one action-packed day! Reaching an exhilarating speed of 25knots, the cruise to the first stop takes only around 70 minutes.

Having been custom-built, especially for tours in the Whitsundays means Whitsunday Bullet has been designed with modern amenities and comfort in mind. Every seat is forward-facing, with back support and 180-degree views, the whole vessel is covered for shade, plus there’s even a real toilet on board. Safe and easy access on and off the boat by use of stairs at the front means Whitsunday Bullet is suitable for all. Plus, the catamaran’s fantastic stability ensures a smooth calm ride.


Double Island Dive Adventure

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Let Aqua 5 take you on a dive adventure around the 74 islands of the Whitsundays there’s something for everyone! Explore beautiful fringing coral reef teeming with marine life and colourful corals right next to he Great Barrier Reef marine park.

The Whitsundays has a large range of colourful tropical reef fish and diver favourites such as Maori wrasse, Queensland groupers ,Batfish, parrotfish and a vast range of angel and butterfly fish. All are good indicators of a healthy coral reef system found here.

Also commonly encountered on our dives are hawksbill turtles, olive sea snakes , featherstars , wobbiegong and reef sharks. And a personal favourite of ours is nudibranchs of the 700 species found in Australia a large range are found in the Whitsundays!

In the winter months Manta rays and humpback whales migrate to the Whitsundays and are not uncommon sights

All photos shown on our page are taken on our dives around the Whitsundays.

Here’s a selection of dive sites we love to dive!

Black Island – Island diving at it’s finest ! One of our favourite dive sites, Black Island offers a gentle drift dive along the reef slope close to the island. A very healthy and diverse range of hard and soft corals. Plenty of shallow caves, gullies and ledges to explore. Subject to some currents providing perfect conditions for lots of marine life.

Diving depth: 2-15 metres

Visibility: 2 – 15 metres

Snorkelling: At low tide


Ocean Safari Snorkel Tour

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Turtle Tripper Adventure – This half day Great Barrier Reef tour departing Cape Tribulation visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species.

Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. The half day Great Barrier Reef tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species.

After a fast 25 minute ride, you are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, you can snorkel alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams and starfish. Often the coastal rainforest of the Daintree can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where you board the vessel bound for the tropical waters. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. Magical memories like these sometimes only happen once in a lifetime.

The Ocean Safari check in office is also home to the Turtle Rock Café and Safari Lodge. Situated just 400 metres from the beach, Safari Lodge offers camp sites in the tropical Cape Tribulation rainforest and is the perfect base for exploring this famous region. The Turtle Rock Café offers freshly cooked wholesome meals, great coffee and tropical outdoor dining in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

Ocean Safari’s Great Barrier Reef tour includes a courtesy bus pick up from Cape Tribulation accommodation Ocean Safari is proud to have Advanced Eco Accreditation.

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