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Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises

Airlie Beach, Australia

From US$87.62

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Half-day tour to Whitehaven Beach aboard a high-speed catamaran, from Port Airlie
  • Enjoy relaxing on the pure white sand of Whitehaven Beach
  • Capture great photo ops of the stunning beach
  • Refuel with complimentary tea and coffee
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departures

What's Included

  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Island cruise a large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Morning or afternoon tea on board vessel
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef tax)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified (snacks and drinks available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
  • Hamilton Island, Whitsundays QLD, Australia
  • Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia

What To Expect

From Port Airlie, step aboard your deluxe catamaran for your half-day cruise to Whitehaven Beach, one of the highlights of the Great Barrier Reef and a top natural attractions in the Whitsundays.

Soak up the scenery as you cruise in style on an air-conditioned catamaran that speeds over the ocean to Whitehaven Beach, a stretch of five miles (seven kilometers) of gorgeous white–sand beach with turquoise water lapping at the shore. Whitehaven Beach is located on the largest island in the region, Whitsunday Island. The fully protected and uninhabited island shelters various turtle species along with an astounding variety of colorful fish and other marine life. Have time to swim, take a leisurely walk or simply relax on this stunning beach.

Enjoy morning or afternoon tea served on board your boat, then return to Port Airlie at the end of a divine visit to this island paradise.

Cruise Whitsundays

Check in at Port of Airlie for your cruise to Whitehaven Beach

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


Whitehaven Beach

Spend 1.5-2hours on one of the most famous beaches in the world!

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Snacks available to purchase
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 240 travellers
Operated by Cruise Whitsundays

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitisation during Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises?

A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises.

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises?

A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises.

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruises.

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Traveller Tips

There were all sorts of activities available like paddle boards at no extra cost.
Stinger suits needed in the water all provided the beach is just paradise thank you for a great morning
205 reviews
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Improve communication!!
Jithendra_N, Jan 2022
During COVID times cancellations happen, so communicating early re cancellations would help travellers. We incurred additional expense of staying due to 2 tour cancellations. Early comma would have helped.
Destination was wonderful, the journey was far too long.
Louise_M, Jan 2022
The majority of the day was spent on the boat making several stops before spending 2 hours at Whitehaven. We were told departure was at 6:45am but when we checked in we were told it was 7:15 ( inconsistent information). We didn’t get to Whitehaven until just after 9 due to the three stops at daydream, Hamilton airport then ganiktoh marina. Whitsunday Island was incredible however it is disappointing that we only got a glimpse of Hill inlet prior to landing on the far southern end of Whitehaven Beach. This tour does not provide enough time to go for a hike to the lookout. A very basic morning tea buff a style was available prior to disembarking, however it was just tiny muffins a couple of pieces of fruit and some tubs of yoghurt and muesli. The trip back was similar to the trip over, we left Whitehaven at 11:45 am and didn’t get back to Port of Airlie until approximately 2 pm. What I was very disappointed in however was the skippers attitude towards the enforcement of COVID-19 government rules. As a position of authority his comments and remarks about enforcement of mask wearing came across as passive aggressive, negative and reluctant and unprofessional. Mask wearing within the vessel was mandatory and that his crew had been instructed to enforce it however this did not happen, there were dozens of people who simply chose not to put a mask on even after being told they had to. The crew simply walked around the vessel looking at people but not saying anything to them. Whitsunday Island it self is a spec tacular place to visit and I have used other two operators before including Ocean rafting, and in future Morceau based on the amount of time it took for us to actually arrive at Whitsunday Island probably won’t choose cruise Whitsundays again.
Whitehaven. Beautiful
Wendy_G, Jan 2022
The water was crystal clear and the sand was amazing. Wanted to see it for myself instead of looking at photos. Loved it.
Half day - FULL FUN
Gagan_D, Dec 2021
Crew was responsive and friendly! The most beautiful cruise ride surrounded by islands and hills! Encountered iguana and jelly fish! Try running on the sand, the silica sand makes a buzzing sound.
The staff were very...
Katy_M, Dec 2021
The staff were very patient and friendly. Highly recommend going to whitehaven beach. The kids and adults had a great trip there.
Was not specific about...
Claire_C, Dec 2021
Was not specific about the time on the boat… barely got any time at the beach. When we rung your office the person also had no knowledge of your services.
Do not pay for this. Rather support smaller & local.
Warren_A, Dec 2021
Due to a third-party tour website promoting misinformation & misleading information, I was lead to believe that the product was different. Since I contacted both parties to express that I was not able to attend the tour due to the misleading information, Cruise Whitsundays refused to assist in any way or refund in any way, saying that all sales were final. I would agree with that based on accurate information, however, this was not the case. They are so hard up for money that they are prepared to dig up the graves of the dead to steal pearl necklaces. Stay away as best that you can & support local & family operated tours. They are far more understanding & personal. UPDATE: Cruise Whitsunday has refused to take responsibility & shifted blame to the third party. Yet again, proving that they are not focused on the customer & wipe their hands of responsibility. Absolutely disgusting business behaviour, considering that the third party has a contract with them & not the customer. I have engaged consumer affairs & the ombudsman to resolve the issue.
Half Day Cruise
Desmond_M, Oct 2021
Had an amazing time at White Haven Beach (south end) was easy to book and the ride on the air conditioned catamaran with toilet and bar was great did take a little longer waiting at the two stops dropping off and picking up people but didn’t mind the scenery so was all good. I wish there were more shade shelters on the beach only four when we got there and they were already taken By the people from the early morning cruise that didn’t go back as we went on the afternoon one was nice they had sand buckets and paddles boards and fed the fish too and also a lovely afternoon tea on the way back to Airlie and coffee and tea staff were friendly kids loved it actually we all did highly recommend
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing island tour
Winkie_C, Oct 2021
White heaven beach is the most beautiful beach I have ever been to! So clean and clear. The cruise has dropped few different places and the cruise is comfortable and big.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We did the half day trip...
Sharni_W, Sep 2021
We did the half day trip I didn’t feel like we got much information on the area and the people on the full day got better treatment , I felt more like a number and it was frustrating having to change boats on the return home with a 3 year old and wait in line. It seemed more appropriate for families and elderly, young people are better going on another cruise like they one we did the next day
1 traveler found this review helpful


Product code: 3987WHITEHAVEN