Scuba & Snorkeling, Airlie Beach

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Cruise the turquoise waters of Whitsunday Passage before slipping beneath the sparkling ocean surface in search of colorful marine life on a snorkeling or scuba trip from Airlie Beach. Board a marine vessel of your choice--private yacht, high-speed catamaran, tall ship, or rigid inflatable boat--and your experienced captain will take you to secluded spots teeming with tropical fish and other curious sea creatures. This underwater adventure, which usually takes an entire day--although two-day option is also available--allows you to explore some of Australia's most famous natural locations, including the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach.
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Where to stay in Airlie Beach

As the jumping-off point for the Whitsunday Islands, Arlie Beach boasts a selection of hostels specifically catering to backpackers. Centrally located inns offer a low-cost option mere minutes from popular bars and restaurants. If you're looking for something quieter, consider one of the area's motels or rental apartments, many of which offer fully equipped kitchens, secure parking, and free Wi-Fi, just a walk away from good shopping and dining opportunities in central Arlie Beach. 
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