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Whitehaven Beach Tours

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Whitehaven Beach
With its powder-white silica sands, gleaming turquoise waters, and fringe of lush rainforest, it’s little surprise that Whitehaven is one of Australia’s most photographed beaches. Stretching for almost 3 miles (5 kilometers) along the coast of Whitsunday Island, it’s a magnificent sight and an idyllic spot for swimming and snorkelling. 

The Basics
A tour of the Whitsundays Islands isn’t complete without a stroll along the silky soft sands of Whitehaven Beach, and most visitors opt to explore on a day trip from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island. 

It’s possible to visit on a half-day cruise, while full-day tours offer even more beach time. Tour highlights include the views from the Hill Inlet lookout, snorkelling along pristine coral reefs, or a bushwalk through the surrounding rainforest. For the most spectacular views, experience the natural beauty of Whitehaven Beach from above on a helicopter or seaplane flight.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • To meet conservation guidelines, facilities are limited on Whitehaven Beach, so bring everything you need with you; restrooms are located at the north and south ends of the beach. 
  • There are no umbrellas available at the beach, so be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat, as well as plenty of water.  
  • Most Whitsundays Islands cruises are by catamaran, but a motorized raft tour allows you to explore protected areas in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reach the best snorkelling spots. 
  • Some boats and tours are wheelchair accessible, and beach wheelchairs are available to rent.

How to Get There
Whitehaven Beach is located along the southeastern coast of Whitsunday Island and is accessible only by boat. Most ferries and boat cruises leave from the Port of Airlie at Airlie Beach and take around 1.5 hours, typically stopping at Hamilton Island to pick up passengers along the way. 

When to Get There
The Whitsundays are a year-round destination. The most popular time to visit is during the summer (January and February), when it’s advisable to book tours and accommodation in advance and make an early start to avoid the crowds. Average day temperatures are still 73°F (23°C) in the winter months, so it’s possible to swim and snorkel all year. This is also the time to spot migrating whales along the coast.

Cruising the Whitsundays Islands
Whitehaven Beach is just one of the many natural wonders of the Whitsundays Islands, and it’s worth choosing a day or multi-day cruise that takes in the surrounding sights. Highlights include sailing across the Whitsunday Passage, snorkelling at Mantaray Bay or Luncheon Bay around Hook Island, spotting koalas and kangaroos at the Wild Life Hamilton Island reserve, and looking out over Hamilton Island from One Tree Hill. 
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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day CruisesDay Cruises

Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

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Set out on a half-day catamaran tour to stunning Whitehaven Beach for swimming at this postcard–perfect slice of paradise. Considered one of the world's top beaches and the most beautiful one in the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is a must-see in the Great Barrier Reef region. Travel in comfort from Port Airlie on a motorized catamaran with air-conditioning. Morning or afternoon tea is provided on board and your crew supplies beach activities and informative commentary along the way.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island CruiseDay Cruises

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

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Visit two islands in the world–famous Great Barrier Reef on a full-day tour from Port Airlie, traveling in style aboard a high-speed, air-conditioned catamaran. At Hamilton Island, explore amenities such as walking trails, boutiques and restaurants, then check out Australian animals including koalas at Wild Life Hamilton Island. You'll also enjoy activities such as swimming and snorkeling at Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and GrillDay Cruises

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill

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Enjoy a full day to unwind at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands: postcard–perfect Whitehaven Beach. Have ample free time to swim far from the crowds, enjoy a guided hike to Solway Circuit Lookout and Chance Bay, and hike to Hill Inlet lookout for amazing views of the white sands and turquoise seas of Whitehaven Beach. Tour with your informative guide with numbers limited to 32-people and includes lunch and afternoon tea.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven BeachNature and Wildlife

Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

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Spend a portion of your day exploring the beach by land and by sky on this half-day Whitsundays seaplane tour from Airlie Beach. First take to the skies, and fly above the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, and the Whitsunday Islands. Then land at a private location by Hardy Lagoon and board a glass-bottom boat for a chance to see some marine life while swimming and snorkeling at your leisure. End your day with some free time at Whitehaven Beach before flying back to Airlie Beach.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise Aboard 'Spank Me' Including Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier ReefMulti-day Tours

2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise Aboard 'Spank Me' Including Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef

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This sailing excursion stands out by offering two days of travel and exploration instead of one. Spend two days exploring the Whitsunday Islands and the fringes of the Great Barrier Reef, stopping at good snorkeling locations along the way. Travel on a large sailboat, sleep below decks on bunks, and take advantage of the provided meals and snorkeling gear.
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  • 2 days
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Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests) Sailing

Great Barrier Reef Private Expedition Cruise (min 4 day max 8 guests)

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When you live aboard our yacht, your days adventure begins when you wake and continues unabated till well after dark. John & Lynne like to say that “their guests can go snorkelling over colourful corals accompanied by hundreds of friendly fish before breakfast and each day just gets better from there…” All daily activities are personally guided which ensures your in depth appreciation of the wonders of nature both above and below the water. Lynne has been selected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to be a “Master Reef Guide” (the highest honour that GBRMPA can bestow). She is a “Citizen Scientist” specialising in the Reef World which has been her passion for more than 50 years. John & Lynne have a unique permit issued by GBRMPA granting them access to most of the Marine Park and they have spent a lifetime discovering its secrets that they willingly share with their guests. Potential guests should read the TripAdvisor reviews for Whitsunday Luxury Sailing
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 nightSailing

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night

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The Great Barrier Reef is the largest & most diverse eco system in the world. It is the world’s largest Marine Reserve, about half the size of Texas. The Reef is visible from outer space appearing as a thin white line along the Queensland coast. Within the Reserve are more than 10% of the world's species of marine fish, over four thousand species of hard & soft corals and six of the world’s seven species of turtles. Giant Humpback Whales migrate to its warm crystal clear waterways every year to give birth to their babies John & Lynne Boyce are your key to discovering Australia’s most treasured water wonderland. In recognition of Lynne's expertise The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has granted her the title : Master Reef Guide She has published “Gourmet Sailing..Delicious Dining on the Great Barrier Reef”, a cook book detailing the meals they serve. The duo have been exploring the Reserve for more than 30 years & they look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience
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  • 7 days
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  • 7 days
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