Whitehaven Beach Tours

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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 Cruises

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.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Lady Enid Sailing and Snorkeling Day Trip, Including Whitehaven Beach

Sail through the Whitsunday Islands on a classic yacht from Airlie Beach. Sit back and relax or lend a hand with the sailing of the Lady Enid on the way to stops such as Whitehaven Beach Betty's Beach, and Hill Inlet. Snorkel around the Island Reefs and enjoy morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea between activities. During the sunset sail back to port, sip sparkling wine and munch on appetizers.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Whitehaven Beach Cruise Including Hill Inlet Walk

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.
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach

Enjoy a full-day tour of the stunning Whitsunday Islands, traveling on a sturdy motorized raft to world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Beach. You get to choose from two tours that offer either more snorkeling or more beach time. Gain exclusive access to secluded spots where you can snorkel around pristine coral reefs, and take a walk with your guide in the national park to a lookout point with spectacular views. Your boat travels quickly across the ocean, giving you more time to enjoy the Whitsundays.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Whitsunday Islands Sailing Adventure

Discover the Whitsunday Islands on a sailing day trip from Port. You can swim in the turquoise water, soak up the salty sea air as you zoom across the water by high-speed catamaran and be wowed by the islands’ most famous natural sight, Whitehaven Beach. Lunch, snacks and refreshments are included throughout the day.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tours

Be amazed by Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands on a seaplane tour that provides stunning panoramic aerial views. When booking, select one of five options that take you either over this picturesque section of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Australia's number one famous beach - Whitehaven Beach. Depending on what tour you choose, you’ll sip a glass of sparkling wine on the striking white sands of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a glass-bottom boat ride and snorkeling at your very own private lagoon at Hardy Lagoon, see the Heart Reef from the air, or all three!
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Whitehaven Beach Sailing and Snorkeling Cruise

Set sail for the Whitsundays on-board an authentic 62-ft gaff rigged schooner and spend the day swimming and snorkeling around the islands. Admire the famous powder-white sands of Whitehaven beach, jump off to take in the views from Hill Inlet and dine on a delicious lunch on-board. Finish your adventure snorkeling amid vibrant corals and schools of brightly colored fish and keep a look out for unique varieties like parrot fish and humphead wrasse.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Whitsundays Private Sailing Charter

Set off across Whitsunday Passage in the footsteps of Captain Cook on your own chartered tall ship cruise in the Whitsunday Islands. Bring as many as 24 guests on the 62-foot (19-meter) gaff-rigged schooner for a customized full-day charter that includes time for snorkeling, and a visit to either to Langford Reef — where you have a good chance of swimming with turtles, or the famously beautiful Whitehaven Beach. Alternatively, you can select a sunset sail or a half-day tour for your private charter.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Reef and Island Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

Take a 1-hour scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef that provides unobstructed views of tropical islands surrounded by turquoise ocean and coral reef. Your pilot-guide shares informative commentary and points out landmarks including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, and Hill Inlet. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Airlie Beach.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure: Wings Sailing

Take to the seas on this guided 2-day sailing and snorkeling tour on an air-conditioned catamaran. After departing Airlie Beach, you’ll head out to one of the Whitsunday Islands (either Hook or Border Island) where you’ll jump in the water to snorkel. In the evening, cruise to your overnight anchorage spot and enjoy dinner and a presentation on marine life. The following day, after a morning swim at South Whitehaven Beach, head to two new snorkeling locations. You’ll also have the chance to snorkel again on the final morning before heading back to Airlie Beach.
  • Duration: 2 days
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Set sail for a day of swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing in the Whitsundays on this full-day tour. Cruise around the islands on a high-speed catamaran and discover the colorful underwater world of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef as you stop at two snorkeling hotspots. Admire dramatic coastal views on a hike to the Hill Inlet Lookout, then tuck into a delicious buffet lunch on-board (included).
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

Spend a portion of your day exploring the beach by land and by sky on this 4.5-hour Whitsundays seaplane tour from Airlie Beach. First take to the sky, and fly above the Great Barrier over Heart Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. Then land at a private location by Hardy Lagoon where you will board your glass bottom boat for a chance to see some marine life then swim and snorkel at your leisure. End your day with some free time at Whitehaven Beach before getting back in your plane for the flight back.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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2-Night Whitsunday Islands All-Inclusive Sailing Tour from Airlie Beach

Experience the Whitsunday Islands by sailboat on a 3-day sailing cruise that is perfect for adventurous travelers. Visit top destinations such as Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, go snorkeling at Manta Ray Bay, and soak in the stunning scenery at every stop. Learn about the sailing life and Australia's marine treasures during a memorable all-inclusive tour that is limited to 24 passengers.
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Night Small-Group Whitsundays Sailing Adventure Aboard 'Mandrake'

Sail, snorkel, and relax while exploring the Whitsunday Islands’ coral reefs and beaches over two days. Take advantage of a flexible itinerary by heading out to some of the best snorkeling locations and islands depending on weather conditions and your preferences. There’s no need to pack snacks or meals—breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included—or bring snorkeling equipment.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

While visiting Airlie Beach, take a 25-minute scenic flight over the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Hear informative commentary about the history and landmarks from your pilot along the way on a tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 25 minutes
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  • Duration: 25 minutes
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2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Cruise Aboard 'Spank Me' Including Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef

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.
  • Duration: 2 days
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2-Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventure: Kiana

Sail across the beautiful and pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef on this 3-day Whitsundays sailing adventure. Visit iconic spots such as Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island, Bait Reef, and Luncheon Bay as you swim, snorkel, dive, and soak up the sun. Enjoy a stress-free trip with all meals and diving equipment provided for you as well as fully air-conditioned cabins to sleep and relax in.
  • Duration: 3 days
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2-Day Whitsundays Sailing Adventure: Gypsy Dancer

Gypsy Dancer is performance sailing at its best on an 18.5-meter pocket maxi racing yacht in comfort and style. With good deck space and spacious comfortable accommodation below makes it perfect for the young, fun and adventurous traveller wanting a social experience with all the best that the Whitsunday Islands have to offer. Formally a racing yacht this vessel is simply awesome to sail aboard, with credited offshore ocean races including the famous Australian event the Sydney to Hobart. We carry a maximum of 22 guests with friendly experienced crew. You will also get a chance to help out with the sailing or you can just kick back and relax in the tropical sunshine and enjoy awesome boat life!  Gypsy dancer offers open plan living, with two toilets and two showers, a saloon area and fully equipped galley.
  • Duration: 2 days
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US$285.17
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