Airlie Beach is reopening as a tourist hotspot given that border restrictions in Queensland have mostly been eliminated. What does that mean? The perfect chance to hire a jet ski!
The Jet Ski Advice team has done the research to find you the best jet ski hire company to help you explore the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. Whether it’s a tour or self-drive option, you’ll certainly find a genuine operator who holds adventure at their core.
Let’s rip straight into this!
Whitsunday Jetski Tours
These guys mean business and have been voted Australia’s #1 tourism experience. They operate tours from the Coral Sea Marina where you can explore the Whitsundays on the Sea-Doo GTI. No underpowered Sea-Doo Sparks here! They expect you to have some serious fun.
You’ll find them at Shop 3 Coral Sea Marina South Village, Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach. They are only around 30 minutes from Proserpine.
Fact: They are the only jet ski hire business in Airlie Beach so there is no need to compare operators! They have been operating since 1998 and have seen the best (and worst) of times in the Australian tourism industry.
Also, there previously was another hire business that provided 30-minute jet ski hire in a closed circuit loop for 30 minutes for $90, however, this business is no longer operating.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours Pricing
There are 3 different options you can choose from:
|Airlie Adventure||Two Island Safari||Ultimate Island Trek|
|$220/per jetski||$310/per jetski||$380/per jetski|
|1.5 hours||2 hours||3 hours|
|4.2 stars||4.7 stars||5 stars|
The cheapest option is $220 which allows you to join an Airlie Beach jet ski tour for 1.5 hours. You won’t require much fitness and can take a passenger if you desire.
As far as we can find, no one offers self-drive rentals. You can’t simply go riding without a tour guide, even if you do have an Australian or international PWC licence. Your best-bet would be to head up to Mackay if this is what you’re aiming for, especially as you can explore as much (or as little) as you wish.
What To Bring
What do you pack for jet ski riding? Well, we have written a jet ski packing guide here which will help you with packing, but they keep things so simple. Swimmers, a towel and sunscreen is all you generally need as they provide thermals, wetsuits, polarized sunglasses/goggles, hats and safety gear including jet ski life jackets.
How Fast You Can Go?
Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks to hiring a jet ski is the latest speed restrictions. You can only do 30-knots in Queensland when you hire a PWC which is remarkably slow but is reasonable for beginners who haven’t ridden before. This is a good reason to get a jet ski licence and purchase your own PWC…which you’ll probably be wanting to do just moments after your tour is finished!
Hiring a jet ski is definitely one of the best ways to experience the Whitsunday Islands. It’s one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia and it isn’t all about laying on the beach and soaking up the sun.