A day with Illusions

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Enjoy a day full of snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing, from Airlie Beach to the Whitsundays.

Illusions is a comfortable 12 metre catamaran sailing daily from Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach to the beautiful fringing reefs of the Whitsundays at Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island, and to Langford Island & Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Cruise, snorkel, scuba dive, boom-net, swim with the fish while they are being fed, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. On Illusions, the choice is yours. Illusions is fully licensed for your convenience, with wine, beer and spirits available at very reasonable prices. A magnificent buffet lunch, snorkeling and diving equipment all included.

We are a sailing vessel designed for relaxation without crowds, which allows you to appreciate the picturesque scenery and spot dolphins, turtles and whales in the whale season. Get on board Illusions 2, a 12m luxury sailing catamaran, and explore Blue Pearl Bay and Langford Island with one of the longest running, family owned and operated, day cruises in Airlie Beach.

Normally we make a round trip cruise from Airlie Beach to Hayman Island, Langford Island and then back to Airlie beach. 80% of the time, as the weather allows, we’re sailing. We have 74 islands to choose from. If we can’t do our usual trip, we will find another great location to visit. Rarely, when the weather gets nasty, we will have to cancel for your safety & comfort.

Our regular schedule is as follows

All times stated are approximations.

7:00 — Get picked up or make your own way to the meeting point
We can pick you up with our courtesy bus from most accommodation places in Airlie Beach, or you can make your own way to the Abell Point Mmrina.
Illusions 2 courtesy bus can pick you up. You can also make your own way to the meeting point in the Abel Point Marina.

7:30 — Sail to Hayman Island
On leaving the marina, relax and make yourself a coffee as we head to our first destination.
Illusions 2 is a comfortable 12m luxury sailing catamaran. Our standard route takes us to Hayman Island and Langford Island. Sometimes we have to take a different route though. Most of the time, when the weather permits, we’re sailing. Our passengers generally prefer to sit outside and enjoy the view.

9:30 – Snorkel or dive in Blue Pearl Bay
Snorkeling, diving and being part of the fish feeding at Blue Pearl Bay is an absolute highlight of any trip to the Whitsundays. Plenty of locals are looking forward to meet you! Underwater world of the fringing coral reef shows you many peculiar creatures. Being a part of the fish feeding in Blue Pearl Bay is a wonderful experience. Come dive with us through a maze of corals and tunnels like no other.

12:00 – Snorkel at Langford Island
Enjoy snorkeling or diving again, or walk along this pretty beach, with views across to Hayman, Black (Bali Hai), Arkhurst, Bird and Hook Islands and to Stonehaven.

13:00 – Enjoy a buffet lunch on the way back to Airlie beach
Our gourmet buffet is made fresh daily by one of the top Chef’s in the Whitsundays, Big Ronny’s Catering.

15:30 – Get dropped off or walk back home
When we arrive back to the Abell Point marina in Airlie Beach, our courtesy bus can drop you off back to the place of your accommodation.

Studio & One Bedroom Apartments with spectacular views over the Coral Sea from your private balcony. Enjoy the tropical ambience!