The Whitsunday Jetski Tours team were proud winners of two awards at the Queensland Tourism Awards held in Brisbane on Friday night, winning a silver award for the Tour and Transport Operator category and a bronze award in the Adventure Tourism category.
Owners Steve and Toni Ward, attending the evening with three of their staff, were thrilled to have been acknowledged at a state level in two categories. “We are just so proud to have been placed twice as one of the top three operators in the state in these two categories. We endeavour to offer an adventure that our guests with never forget and our passionate staff complement the excitement of the tour with exceptional and personalised customer service,” said Steve
“We would like to acknowledge our team’s outstanding contribution to the business and dedicate these awards to them, as well as all everyone who supports our business, including our guests, agents and partners within the industry. We also extend our congratulations to all the other Queensland winners from Friday night, particularly our fellow Whitsunday operators who all did very well,” said Steve.
Now in its sixth year of operation, Steve highlighted that the company’s continued growth will make for a busy year ahead. “We have some exciting new plans in the pipeline and will continue to offer a range of adventure experiences in the Whitsundays, in addition to what we already offer, including our new Airlie Adrenalin Adventure packages and Island Jet Boating tours, so there is much more to come,” said Steve.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours operates three daily jetski tours, the Airlie Adventure, a soft adventure tour around Pioneer Bay, the Two Island Safari to South Molle Island and Daydream Island, as well as the Daydream Extreme, offering the thrill of jet skiing across the passage to award winning Daydream Island Resort and Spa and including a range of activities such as the popular Living Reef Experience.
The Whitsunday Jetski Tours team walked away with three awards at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards on Saturday night, winning Gold for the Tour and Transport Operator category, as well as Gold for Adventure Tourism, which culminated in receiving recognition as a Hall of Fame entrant for winning the same Adventure Tourism category three years in a row.
At the gala event, held at Cape Gloucester Resort, owners Steve and Toni Ward enjoyed their success on the night with their staff, acknowledging the team for their excellence in customer service and highlighting the positiveness of the Whitsunday tourism industry.
“We enjoyed a fantastic night at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards with our tourism industry colleagues and it was exceptional in terms of the positive vibe surrounding the Whitsunday tourism industry now. We operate from Abell Point Marina, which is an award winning, highly developed marina precinct, we have a newly established tourism body in Tourism Whitsundays with an innovative leader and a great team, a new Mayor who is doing a fantastic job in supporting the tourism industry and a range of new tourism operators commencing operations,” said Steve.
“As always, we must extend a huge thank you to our staff who go above and beyond every day to ensure our guests have the best experience possible and also to the local agents, accommodation houses and Whitsunday locals. A big thank you also to the team at Tourism Whitsundays for putting on such a brilliant event and congratulations to all the winners on the night,” said Steve.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours commenced operating guided jet ski adventure tours six years ago and has seen significant growth each year. Steve and Toni are now preparing for their next venture, Island Jet Boating, which is coming on line within the next few weeks. As a sister company to Whitsunday Jetski Tours, they will operate from their adventure base at Abell Point Marina, Airlie Adventure Central.
“Launching Island Jet Boating comes at a fantastic time and adding this newest addition to our adventure base of activities will complement our existing product, as well as other tour operators. We will be offering half day jet boat tours to Daydream and South Molle Islands, and will be launching soon, so watch this space!” said Steve.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours has also entered the upcoming Queensland Tourism Awards in the same two categories and the team are looking forward to representing the Whitsundays on a state level.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours operates three jetski tours departing from Abell Point Marina daily; the Airlie Adventure, a soft adventure tour around Pioneer Bay, the Two Island Safari which explores South Molle and Daydream Islands, and the Daydream Extreme, offering the thrill of open water jet skiing to award-winning Daydream Island Resort and Spa, including a range of activities such as the popular Living Reef Experience.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours and their guests were treated to a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience last Friday 08 July on their Two Island Safari jetski tour enroute to Daydream Island.
Tour guides Ian Wilson and Levi Shapendonk had spotted a whale about 1km away and decided to have the guests shut down the jetski engines and enjoy the spectacle from afar. Within 10 minutes the whale was 60 metres from them. By this time the guests were just so excited to think that the whale had come so close to them and within 5 minutes the young male surfaced metres from the jetskis.
“We had our tour grouped quite close together and the whale moved from ski to ski for over an hour giving us a show. He was so inquisitive and just didn’t want to leave us alone,” said Ian.
Ian has worked with whale populations in different parts of the world, including Tonga, where guests often dive and swim with humpbacks and has been in the Whitsundays working on the water for over six years.
“At all times I was aware of the protection of these amazing creatures and respectful of the rules. It’s fantastic that they’re so inquisitive and trusting of us and treating these encounters carefully will surely see many more wonderful interactions during the season. I’ve never experienced anything like this encounter before. It was magical and will go down as one of the highlights of my life on the water.”
The Whitsunday Jetski Tours team are very proud to have achieved Ecotourism Australia Certification for our three tours, the Airlie Adventure, Two Island Safari and Daydream Extreme, offering ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.
For more information see our Ecotourism Green Travel Guide listing here.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
6 Days…over 600 kilometres…we are up to the challenge!!
In less than a month’s time, the Whitsunday Jetski Junkies will be completing the 2016 “Great Ocean Road” Yamaha Variety Jet Trek for Variety – the Children’s Charity QLD.
Our motto has always been ‘DOING IT FOR THE KIDS’!!! There are some very special kids and families out there who are struggling a little harder than most and we are more that happy to give up a couple of weeks of our fortunate lives and dedicate our time to GIVING, as well as take on the challenges of jetskiing some incredible coastlines of Australia!
With your help the Wardys can reach our goal….remember a little goes a long way! It’s easy to ‘Pay it forward’ when you see how dramatically improved these families lives are.
So, our target is to raise $3000.00 and we WILL make a difference! If you would like to support the Whitsunday Jetski Junkies, please click the following link to make some sort of donation. Big or small…it all counts!
Variety – the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
Thanks so much for your support!
From Steve, Toni and the Whitsunday Jetski Tours team.
The countdown is on until Christmas! If you are still looking for that special gift, trying to search for something for that oh-so-difficult person, can’t get to the shops in time, or just want to give the COOLEST gift ever….then search no more, we can help!!
Gift vouchers are available for the Airlie Adventure, Two Island Safari or Daydream Extreme so give us a call now on 0459 538 754 and we will send the voucher out to you ready for the Christmas stocking!!
The Whitsunday Jetski Tours team wish you the very best Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Whitsunday Jetski Tours team were proud winners of two awards at the Queensland Tourism Awards held in Brisbane on Friday night, winning a silver award for Adventure Tourism and a bronze award in the Tour and Transport Operator category.
Owners Steve and Toni Ward were thrilled to have been acknowledged at a state level in two categories, reflecting the personalised Whitsunday adventure the tours offer and the ongoing growth of the company. “We are so proud to have been placed twice as one of the top three operators in the state in these two categories, as our team work really hard to offer a unique and personalised experience for guests visiting the Whitsundays. In the past year we have really focused on product development and have increased the touring options, while still offering a once in a lifetime adventure for guests of all ages and fitness levels,” said Mr Ward.
“As always, we would like to thank our fantastic team of staff, who contribute significantly to the entire operation and we share this award with every one of them, not to mention everyone else who supports us on an ongoing basis, such as our guests, agents and partners within the industry. We would also like to pass on our congratulations to all the other winners from Friday night,” said Mr Ward
Now in its fifth year of operation, Whitsunday Jetski Tours is continuing to expand and has further developments for the future. “We are constantly assessing new opportunities and we are looking forward to announcing some exciting new developments in the near future. Watch this space!” said Mr Ward.
The Whitsunday Jet Ski Tours team walked away with a double win at the Whitsunday Tourism and Business Awards on Saturday night, winning the Tour and/or Transport Operator Award, as well as the Adventure Tourism award.
Owners Steve and Toni Ward enjoyed their success on the night with their staff, acknowledging the team for their ongoing commitment and contribution to the development of the business.
“We are very passionate about the business and are very lucky to have a great team who feel the same way, ensuring guests always leave with a huge smile on their face after such an exhilarating and personalised adventure. We are also extremely appreciative of the support we receive from local agents and accommodation houses, as well as the Whitsunday community,” said Steve.
Whitsunday Jet Ski Tours commenced operating guided jet ski adventure tours five years ago and has seen significant growth each year. Steve and Toni are hands on within all aspects of the business, working closely with their staff and listening to feedback in order to continually streamline and enhance operations.
“This year we introduced a brand new tour, as well as an additional afternoon tour, resulting in a substantial growth in daily passenger numbers. To keep operations running as smoothly as possible we regularly turn over our equipment and in the past year we have also recruited more staff and implemented a series of targeted marketing activities, so it has been a really busy period,” said Steve.
Whitsunday Jet Ski Tours has also entered the upcoming Queensland Tourism Awards in the same two categories and the team are looking forward to representing the Whitsundays on a state level.
Whitsunday Jet Ski Tours operates three jet ski tours daily; the Airlie Adventure, a soft adventure tour around Pioneer Bay, the Two Island Safari which explores South Molle and Daydream Islands, and the Daydream Extreme, offering the thrill of open water jet skiing to award-winning Daydream Island Resort and Spa, including a range of activities such as the popular Living Reef Experience.
Voting for the 2015 Whitsunday Tourism Awards People’s Choice Award is now open and the team at Whitsunday Jetski Tours would love your vote!
The business with the most votes will win this coveted award. Voting finishes 13 October at midnight, so if we are one of your favourite tourism businesses please vote for us here…it is super quick and easy to vote and will only take a minute!
A huge thank you…we really appreciate your vote!! We hope to see you out on the Whitsunday waters again one day soon! Please click on the box below….