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Cruise to Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island for a full day excursion to some of the Whitsundays most scenic islands. Depart from Port Airlie, Hamilton Island or Long Island for an amazing day that combines free time on the islands, a relaxing cruise and a restaurant lunch. Stroll along the beaches, swim, snorkel or even play mini–golf. Learn about the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life of Australia and the Whitsundays from your captain's informative onboard commentary.

Highlights

  • Full-day Whitsunday Islands cruise
  • Visit world-famous Whitehaven Beach and admire spectacular coastal vistas
  • Discover marine life or take a relaxing nature walk on Daydream Island
  • Enjoy commentary from your friendly skipper
  • Morning and afternoon tea included, plus a choice of two lunch options

What You Can Expect

Whitsunday Islands Full-Day Cruise: Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island

Whitehaven Beach

After pickup at the dock in Port Airlie, Hamilton Island or Long Island, step aboard your spacious boat and glide through Solway Passage to Whitehaven Beach, a postcard–perfect beach with white sands that stretch four miles (seven km) along the coast on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the Whitsunday Islands.

Have more than one hour free to wander along the beach, cool off in the warm clear water and snap photos of the gorgeous scenery. Then reboard your boat and enjoy morning tea as your captain heads to Daydream Island. When booking, choose between two lunch options for Daydream Island: Boat House Bakery — a casual venue with a selection of sandwiches, salads and baked goods; or a relaxing two-course lunch at Mermaids Restaurant.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Lounge on the beach, stroll the flat coastal paths, or take a rainforest walk where you may see wallabies and birds. Daydream Island has great activities for families and couples, including the resort's popular Living Reef Coral Lagoon — a man–made coral reef with colorful fish, a lemon shark and stingrays. Go swimming or snorkeling, or stay dry and play mini-golf (additional activities at extra cost).

Your captain returns you to your original departure point at the end of your full-day cruise.

Customer Reviews

pjrose1405

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Whitehaven beach is MY favourite place in the whole world. The day was absolutely superb in every respect.

diana c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was amazing!

chalf2011

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Great places to go and to see. It's always a pleasure cruising with the cruise company.

Stephen G

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Pretty good - The only thing that would have made it better is if it had a more precise itinerary with more information of what our trip actually consisted of. However, we had a wonderful day and would recommend it to anybody else.

Midori J

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Very pleasant cruise with some good humour from the crew! Whitehaven Beach was beautiful.

Kerri T

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

This really is just a ticket for the ferry rides and lunch. Whitehaven is beautiful, we just happened to get some bad weather. The ride out was really rough! Daydream was cheesy, in my opinion. The lunch was pretty bad, but the coffee was good.

Xing X

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Whitehaven beach was beautiful! We had a good time swimming in the crystal clear waters.

Daydream Island however was quite average - it was really just a resort island.

We would recommend just a half day cruise to Whitehaven beach and skip Daydream Island all together.

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