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Whitsunday Paradise Explorer is a personalised private boat tour and charter company who can provide you with unique, memorable experiences in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands without the crowds. Our experience in this region means that we can take you to places unknown to most operators as well as tailoring a day trip to your individual needs.

We specialize in Families, Small Groups and Couples and can take between 2 and 14 people, with 2 vessels to choose from. You can charter the vessel for your own exclusive use at a very reasonable cost. Whether it is snorkeling, bush walks, exploring the coastline, or just relaxing at your own private beach for the day – we can take you there!

Come explore the Whitsundays with us on "Paradise Explorer" or "Wild Dreams", the little tour boats with the great big attitude!

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Ngaro people of the Birri Gubba Nation, and recognize their continuing connection to land, waters, and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present, and emerging



We offer competitive and affordable tours where a family or small group can have exclusive use of the vessel for the day.





We offer a variety of tours around the Whitsunday Islands, focusing on the beauty, flora, and fauna of the region.





We can provide cruise ship customers a unique and memorable experience, exploring the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.





Your host and skipper, John Henderson, has 16 years’ experience in the Tourism and yacht charter industry in the Whitsundays.





At Whitsunday Paradise Explorer, we are committed to having a minimal impact on the environment, whether it is marine life or on the land.


The Whitsundays, an Island Paradise

The Whitsunday Islands are a part of the Queensland tropics which have become a top tourist destination over the last 20 years. With the spectacular scenery of the islands, beautiful Whitehaven Beach and surrounds, fantastic snorkelling & sailing, all of this along with its proximity to the great Barrier reef, it is now rated as one of the best holiday locations in the world.

The islands have long been a favourite place to visit - from the earliest of visitors, the native aboriginals who would come for hunting and fishing, to European explorers and seafarers who sought shelter while passing through, to the first settlers who endeavoured to live and farm on the islands, to modern day explorers - back packers and visitors from Australia and all around the world.

The Whitsundays are truly remarkable – 74 islands of character, beauty and charm nestled in a World Heritage listed area – Come and see for yourself.

Tia and Johnny
April 2023

Thank you soo so much! It was a pleasure! We really had a great dayyy today was the highlight of our trip, Johnny had such a wonderful time he won't stop talking about it and said it's been his favourite experience ever! Yes, we will definitely be back when we get the chance! Thank you so much for this experience! We absolutely loved it and will definitely be recommending you to anyone that comes up this way ????????????

Julie Currey

Had the most fabulous 8 hours on a trip to Whitehaven. John’s boat was the most fantastic way to have a very informative private tour of this absolute paradise. And so comfortable for the six of us women.

Sightseeing, snorkeling, hiking and eating lunch on the beautiful white sand on Whitehaven!

Nothing is too much trouble for this gentleman… definitely… the highlight of our one week holiday!

Deborah Rosenberg

If you are vacationing in the beautiful Whitsundays, a must do is an excursion on the Whitsundays Paradise Explorer.  To say it was the highlight of our trip is an understatement! It includes everything from spectacular views, wildlife sightings, pristine beaches, picnic lunch & a wealth of information imparted by our tour guide John Henderson. John’s knowledge of the area is second to none! There is absolutely no better way to spend the day.  Highly recommend a thousand times over!!!

Michelle and Tom Rakos
January 2023

My husband and I did a tour with John two years ago. It was so fantastic that we came back for another tour this year with my parents. Doing the boat tour with John is the only reason we came to the area. John is a warm, lovely and extremely knowledgeable guide. The places we went to and the experiences we had on both trips have been very special. Thanks again and see you next time!

Bartley Jenniches
January 2023

Absolute 5-star experience from John in the Whitsundays. John's communication and planning from the start were outstanding, and important as it helped us to get the best of our time whilst on holiday. The experience itself was incredible - from cave paintings to best snorkel spots to private beach walks with just the family, do yourself a favor and consider John for a private charter. Super thoughtful as well about how to maximize the trip for both adults and children.

Melody Casey, Texas USA
February 2023

I booked a private charter with John for 11/02/23 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!!

September 2022

Where do I start? WOW!!! What a day! John was an amazing sea captain that went above and beyond to make sure we had the best day exploring the Whitsundays hidden secrets! We were so blessed and fortunate to meet Jaqui and Harold and explore the hidden indigenous cave paintings. I would highly recommend John and the indigenous tour. The tour was so special and unique I feel blessed that we were able to experience the magic of the caves and the history of the Whitsundays. I literally get goose bumps as I'm reminiscing! John is one of the nicest people i have met in a long time and I can't thank you enough for such an amazing adventure! Until next time, loads of love Kelly, Kyra & Tazzy x

Steven D
July 2022

An amazing day for the entire family in Ngaro country treated with respect, understanding and knowledge. Peter and John provide a tour through this paradise that is relaxing, fun and moving. Peter was incredible with everyone and the kids, answering questions and sharing his country, stories and culture openly. This is an example of what tourism needs to be.

We opted to include snorkeling as well and were taken to a stunning inlet far away from the crowds. This was by far the best experience we had in Airlie beach.



The Whitsunday islands offer a large range of opportunities to explore and appreciate the unique beauty of the area. From pristine beaches to inlets lined with mangroves, from whale watching to exploring the local flora and fauna, Whitsunday Paradise Explorer can open up this island paradise for those who wish to explore its wonders.
Whitsunday Paradise Explorer specialises in tours for small groups and families. We will take you on your own personal private charter, tailored to suit your needs and desires. Our Skipper's knowledge of the area and surrounds is substantial, and his expertise will make it easy for you sit back and relax and make the most of your visit.

The Whitsundays - Come and see for yourself - We can take you there!




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