The stunning Heart Reef is situated in the Whitsunday Islands and you can take a scenic flight from Airlie Beach and a few other locations. As I said in my post about Marina Bay Sands, I am a big believer in saving enough money so you can do the finer things and, for me, the scenic flight and my first skydive (post to come) were my two major ‘musts’ in the Whitsunday Islands.
I chose to fly with GSL Aviation for a one-hour flight that cost $199 USD. This company seems to be pretty popular and two of my friends who booked this tour separately from me also used this company. The price includes pick up and your pilot will also act as a tour guide. There were about six of us on the flight and I think the only reason I wasn’t worried about getting into this tiny propeller plane was because I had jumped out of this exact aircraft the day before during my skydive—so this was a walk in the park!
As I was the only person alone, I got to ride shotgun (oh the perks of traveling solo!). Although, having someone as clumsy as me that close to the controls was probably not a good idea. I didn’t mention that though. As we took off, several screams emerged from the passengers behind me, which I was definitely not in the mood for; however, I was thrilled that I was in the front and didn’t have to deal with it (is that so awful of me?).
The Pilot took us over Whitsundays and several other reefs; however, we were all there for the same reason—to see Heart Reef. Heart Reef is a natural reef, which is what makes it so special. It’s situated in Hardy Reef. The whole flight is extremely breathtaking and there was not a moment when I wasn’t looking at something spectacular.
And of course: The money shot, the shot you have all been waiting for. The actual time spent flying over the Heart is very short. I ended up holding my finger down on the shutter release in order to get as many shots as I could. The pilot flies over twice so that each side of the plane can get a good look and a few snaps.