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What makes Whitehaven Beach so special? It's the silica. The sand on this 6km (4 mi) stretch of paradise is 98% silica, the powdered remains of a long-dead coral forest. That's what makes it so sugar-fine, radiantly white and slip-through-the-toes silky. 

Of course, a beach doesn't keep its Best Beach awards and places in Top 10 lists through sand alone. Whitehaven teams its pristine whiteness with warm, lapping, peerlessly blue waves, a rainforest backing and Hill Inlet, which is famous for the play of colour as the tide washes in. 

Practical Info

This is not a surf beach. It's more a lie-back-with-a-sigh kind of place. Whitehaven Beach is on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island. If you're after a day on that famous sand, you can reach it by ferry or yacht from Airlie Beach. It's also included as a stop on many Barrier Reef tours. Or, if you're really in the mood to lash out, approach it by helicopter or seaplane for an aerial view of its stunning whites and blues.

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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, null
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Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 208 Reviews

Explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on a full-day tour through paradise via a sturdy motorized raft. Zip over to secluded spots to snorkel over pristine ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.63
Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Jet Boats ... 
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Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 160 Reviews

Spend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll take a leisurely hike to Hill Inlet lookout ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $162.96
Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Whitehaven Beach and Hardy Lagoon, The Whitsundays & ... 
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Whitehaven Beach and Hardy Lagoon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 100 Reviews

Take in remarkable views of the Whitsunday Islands on a scenic flight by seaplane. Choose from four flight options to fly over this stunning part of the Great ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $228.92
Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, ... 
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Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 Reviews

Sail through the Whitsunday Islands and explore magnificent Whitehaven Beach, voted one of the world's best beaches on this full-day sailing adventure from ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.67
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise, Airlie Beach, Day Cruises
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Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 232 Reviews

The only way to experience one of the world's best beaches and the Whitsundays largest resort island is in style and comfort aboard a large, high-speed and ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.68
Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Day Cruises
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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

4.5 star rating: Recommended 276 Reviews

Enjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach. You can walk along the seven kilometer stretch of natural silica sand, partake in beach activities, ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $76.82
Whitsundays Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach Including Ocean Rafting Adventure Tour, Snorkeling and ... 
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Whitsundays Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach Including Ocean Rafting Adventure Tour, Snorkeling and Lunch

Experience the best of both worlds with the choice between two fly and cruise packages. Choose from a 25-minute island explorer flight or a 60-minute reef and ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $185.47
Whitehaven Beach and Dumbbell Island Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise, The Whitsundays & Hamilton ... 
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Whitehaven Beach and Dumbbell Island Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

Sail the Whitsundays in a 62-ft gaff rigged schooner. Help out with the sails or chill on deck as the sails fill in the breeze. Head for the Whitsundays' ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.04
Whitsunday Islands Full-Day Cruise: Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island, The Whitsundays & ... 
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Whitsunday Islands Full-Day Cruise: Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island

4 star rating: Recommended 64 Reviews

Explore Australia’s gorgeous Whitsunday Islands on a full-day cruise to Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island from Port Airlie or Hamilton Island. Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $128.04
Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Day Cruises
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Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter

Charter a sailing boat in the Whitsundays for up to 24 guests. Design your own charter from one of three day sail options and one sunset option. Set off across ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $1,086.41

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