ECO TOURS

The term “Eco” is generally used to describe an event or experience which has minimal impact on the environment and wildlife - “tourism directed towards exotic natural environments, intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife.”

Our Eco tours are planned to conform to the guidelines as set out by the Australian Eco Tourism organisation with whom we are now certified to Ecotourism level. This means that we have demonstrated that we are one of their exemplary operators in terms of ecological sustainability, natural area management and provision of authentic cultural experiences.

In the Whitsundays, with almost all islands and much of the undeveloped mainland being National or Marine Parks, we are focused on imparting knowledge to our guests about the diverse flora and fauna of the region as well as explain the steps we take to ensure that our impact is minimal when visiting. We are proud to be a partner in the Queensland Governments “Be Pest-Free” program which will help to make sure no unwanted pests reach our world heritage and national park islands.

In 2021, we joined a pilot scheme with the Whitsunday Regional Council to help reduce our emissions, contributing to a more sustainable Whitsundays. The “Healthy Heart Reef Partner” program will help us to ultimately reduce our carbon footprint

The other component of the Ecotourism programme is to show respect to the cultural heritage of our region by informing and educating our visitors of the history and traditions of the aboriginal peoples who lived here. We are proud to have an ROC (Respecting Our Culture) certification and are the first in the Whitsundays to provide a unique Indigenous Cultural tour.

See some suggested tour ideas below, or we will tailor a tour to your specific request.

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Central Explorer – Hook and Hayman Islands

Tour Features: Whitsunday Passage to Hook Island, snorkelling, locations around the Coral Sea, lunch on your own private beach. Nara Inlet, If time permits.
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Mangrove Explorer and Bush Walk (Sandy Bay Track)

Tour Features: Mangrove estuary, Long Island bush walk, gourmet picnic lunch on a private beach, South Molle Island, Daydream Island, Pioneer Point, Funnel Bay.
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Northern Explorer – Woodwark Bay to Cape Gloucester

Tour Features: Woodwark Bay, Grassy Island, Olden Island, Saddleback Island, Nellie Bay near Dingo beach, Hideaway Bay, and lunch at Montes Resort.
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Southern Explorer – Lindemann Island

Tour Features: Long Island Sound, Whitsunday Passage, Lindeman and Seaforth Islands, gourmet picnic lunch on Cole Island, Hamilton Island, and Henning Island.
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Bowen Explorer

Enjoy the variety of wildlife and sights that are not often seen by visitors and stop off at one of the mainland resorts at nearby Cape Gloucester.
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Deposit and Cancellation Information

Where a trip is cancelled by Whitsunday Paradise Explorer due to weather, safety issues or unable to achieve minimum bookings, we will either offer a credit for a future booking or will refund, in full, all monies paid.

In the event that a booking is cancelled by the charterer or customer, we will refund on the following basis:

  • Outside 30 days from date of charter of a paid deposit or full payment – Full refund of all monies paid.
  • Within 30 days but more than 7 days of charter/trip date – Whitsunday Paradise Explorer reserve the right to retain 50% of deposits paid.
  • If less than 7 days, we reserve the right to retain all of the deposits paid prior (not exceeding 20% of the trip value).

Refunds will be made to the original bank account or credit card provider from where the deposit or fees originated – No cash refunds unless approved by Whitsunday Paradise Explorer.