Whitehaven Xpress and the marine tourism industry in general are key partners in the protection and management of the Great Barrier Reef including the Whitsundays Marine Park. Mostly the tourism operators help to enhance visitor experiences of the Reef and also play an important role in protecting the amazing biodiversity that supports our industry.

High Standard Tourism Operators voluntarily operate to a higher standard than required by legislation as part of their commitment to ecologically sustainable use. These operators are independently certified as meeting best practice standards for the key areas of protection, presentation and partnership.

The tourism operators whom are taking proactive action to tackle climate change are trying to ensure the best outlook for the Whitsunday Marine Park into the future.

There are also many tourism operators situated across the Marine Park who regularly work in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to monitor the Reef.

  • Tourism staff who are involved in the Eye on the Reef Monitoring Program are trained to monitor and record the health of the Reef.
  • Tourism staff assist with management of the Reef by reporting any interesting and unusual things they see in the Marine Park through the Sightings Network