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Airlie Beach

Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise

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The Whitsundays Islands’ sandy beaches and sun-soaked landscapes lie just off the coast of Airlie Beach. This cruise visits two of the islands’ most memorable attractions: Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island. Go swimming, snorkeling, or just laze on the sand at Whitehaven Beach, then cruise on over for sightseeing on a self-guided tour, with lunch at a waterfront restaurant on Hamilton Island.
  • Stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands aboard a high-speed catamaran
  • Free time at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island
  • Self-guided tour gives lots of choices for how you want to spend the day
  • Hassle-free: includes shuttle transfers around the islands
What to Expect
Make your way to the Port Airlie marina in time for an early-morning departure. Board your air-conditioned high-speed catamaran and set sail for the Whitsunday Islands. You will be dropped at the beach and have the morning to spend at your leisure. Continue to Hamilton Island in time for lunch, cruising across the scenic Solway passage. Dine at the Marina Tavern overlooking the marina. Spend the afternoon exploring Hamilton—the largest island resort in the South Pacific. All tour participants can use the island’s shuttle buses to hop between sights such as Front Street, Marina Village, One Tree Hill, and Cateye Beach, and there are ample walking trails and swimming beaches to choose from. Other possible activities include a visit to the Wild Life Hamilton Island nature park, where you can spot native Australian animals such as koalas, wombats, and crocodiles, or water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding. Self-guided tour visitors can also opt to visit Hamilton Island in the morning and Whitehaven Beach in the afternoon. After a full day exploring, board your boat for the return journey and end your tour back at Airlie Beach.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1: Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, Queensland
2: Daydream Island, Whitsundays QLD 4802, Australia
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Self-Guided Tour Inclusions:
  • Island cruise on large air-conditioned catamaran
  • Complimentary use of island shuttle buses and resort pools
  • Commentary from experienced crew
  • Morning or Afternoon tea
  • Lunch at Marina Tavern
  • Activities on Whitehaven Beach
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Wildlife Park at own cost
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise timetable subject to change
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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29 degree warm Spring day, no winds and this Cruise Whitsundays tour provided the perfect experience of ticking off a bucket list item, visiting Whitehaven Beach in the morning, followed up with an entire afternoon on Hamilton Island. The crew were informative and friendly, the
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. We're so glad you enjoyed your day at Whtiehaven Beach and Hamilton Island.
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Views for days, we did the half day tour. Magical non the less, morning tea was a bit skimpy however couldn't fault anything else. Staff are lovely and welcoming, great for couples old and young, perfect for families.
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 28 Sep 2019
Tanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your time at Whitehaven Beach.
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Booked this tour via sailing whitsundays. Cruise whitsundays was the company organising iT. As if iT was a great tour, but iT wasn’t. There was no tour aspect at all. Also when iT is self guided you can give Some info about the island and so. They put us on the earliest boat
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Customer Service & Sales Manager at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 6 Aug 2019
Danerol, I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the Hamilton Island Nature Escape. The Nature Escape is set on the earliest service of the day to get you to the Island early to enjoy the breakfast with the koalas, then get the hikes underway before the heat of the day sets in. Upon request, ferry services can be easily amended. The koalas are rotated daily and brought out from their closures of a morning for the breakfast period only then back to their usual habitat. The Nature Escape is designed to be an off the shelf package for those guests who enjoy the ease of having their day planned.
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This trip is highly recommended. The service provided by Whitsunday Cruises was second to none. There boats were clean and comfortable. The staff aboard were keen to answer any questions or provide assistance if required. Hamilton Island was our first destination and I suggest
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Response from CruiseWhitsundays, Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Responded 29 Jul 2019
Thanks for sharing your experience, we're thrilled you enjoyed your day on Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach.
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Excellent customer service from Cruise Whitsundays. Make sure you check the weather and check if the seas will be rough as a motion sickness sufferer will not enjoy the ride. We went to Whitehaven first (9-11:30) - limited shade but a great beach. Hamilton was the second stop
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Key Details
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Instant confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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